Kara Coffey is the Research Associate for the Socio-Economics Group at the Harte Research Institute. She received her B.S. in Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences from Texas A&M University. She is currently pursuing her M.S. in Environmental Sciences at Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi and is expected to graduate Summer 2020. Prior to joining HRI, Kara worked with 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. In her role as the Research Associate, she works on the connection between the socio-behavioral-economic and ecological systems in the Gulf of Mexico.