Dr. Carrie Kappel is a Research Scientist and Senior Fellow at UC Santa Barbara’s National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis, and an independent facilitator of collaborative initiatives. A marine conservation biologist and community ecologist by training, she has worked in coral reefs, kelp forests and rocky intertidal systems and now uses collaborative synthesis science to develop conservation solutions that protect marine ecosystems and enhance human wellbeing. Dr. Kappel currently serves on the Science Advisory Council for the Science for Nature and People Partnership (SNAPP) and provides facilitation services to SNAPP working groups, drawing upon her long history participating in and leading interdisciplinary, team science projects. She is passionate about helping diverse groups come together to solve challenging problems. Carrie received her B.S. from Brown University and her Ph.D. from Stanford University, both in biology. She has a longstanding interest in environmental education and nature connection, growing from time spent as an environmental educator for the Teton Science Schools, Ogden Nature Center, and as an independent consultant early in her career. Prior to joining the WYP Board, she served on the Board of Directors for Ecology Project International, from 2011-2017. Carrie and her family have been enjoying WYP programs for most of their 12+ years living in Santa Barbara and are grateful for the ways that being out on the land with WYP mentors and friends has deepened their connection to this beautiful place we call home.