Kara graduated from UNCW where she double majored in biology and environmental science. While there, her research focused on the microbial environment present in the maize phyllosphere.
Her work here at the museum incorporates some of her research interests including wildlife, conservation, and genetics, but focuses mainly on the genetics aspect. She is interested in how genetics can be used as a tool to manage and evaluate species of interest. The main projects that she works on are in conjunction with the NCWRC and their parentage based tagging programs.
Outside of the lab Kara is a singer/songwriter and performs at venues all across NC.
Parentage Based Tagging
Fish Diet Metabarcoding
I love science because technologies are always changing, and there are always new discoveries to be made.