“The strength of Carolyn’s expertise, passion, drive, and dedication to doing the very best even when resources were extremely limited, immensely enriched NOAA Oceans and Human Health Initiative (OHHI) and contributed to its numerous successes. She was the primary lead for all outreach and key staff person for the high level Interagency Working Group on Harmful Algal Blooms, Hypoxia and Human Health, where she was a significant contributor to its overall strategic planning, implementation and required federal reports. With respect to the OHHI, I know no other program of similar size in NOAA, that has been as successful in getting representatives into scientific conferences and on podiums at high profile meetings – much of the credit for these accomplishments belongs to Carolyn. Simply put, she made invaluable contributions to the OHHI, without which, it could not have achieved the levels of success and recognition that is has.”

Paul Sandifer, Ph.D. Former Senior Science Advisor to the NOAA Administrator and Chief Science Advisor for NOAA’s National Ocean Service. Former Director of South Carolina’s Department of Natural Resources and U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy member. 

Paul Sandifer, Ph.D