Carol Stepien is the Ocean Environment Research Division (OERD) leader. She has expertise in evolutionary biology, biogeography, and conservation genetics and genomics with research interests including environmental DNA, sensor networks, genomic adaptations, and bioinformatics of marine animals, fisheries, and communities.
She mentors several graduate students and postdoctoral associates and will continue to do so while at PMEL and with the University of Washington’s Cooperative Institute for Climate, Ocean, and Ecosystem Studies (CICOES). During her time at the University of Toledo she was honored as a Distinguished University Professor of Ecology.
She is also active in the community and enjoys participating in outreach events. Carol serves on the Editorial Board of the journal Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, and is an editor for the new journal Ecological Processes and the genetics editor for the journal Biological Invasions.