Kara Coffey is the Research Associate for the Socio-Economics Group at the Harte Research Institute. Her work addresses the connection between the socio-behavioral-economic and ecological systems in the Gulf of Mexico. Kara received a Bachelor of Science in Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences at Texas A&M University and a Master of Science in Environmental Sciences at Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi, where she emphasized in Social and Environmental Impacts. Her research project was “Gulf of Mexico Red Tide Events: Public Perceptions of Risk and Communication”.
Prior to joining the Harte Research Institute, Kara worked at AmeriCorps’ Texas Conservation Corps as a Youth Crew Leader where she led current high school students and recent high school graduates on conservation projects, such as working on trail improvement and habitat restoration projects, and focused on building conservation skills and engaging in environmental education.