Caren B. Cooper

Associate Professor, Forestry and Environmental Resources
Chancellor’s Faculty Excellence in Leadership in Public Science


Contact Information
Office Address
5219 Jordan Addition
NC State University
Raleigh, NC
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I’m an advocate for the practices of Citizen Science, Open Science, and Science Communication, pursuing scholarly inquiry into these areas, and bringing them all together to achieve Public Science. I’m dedicated to training and mentoring students to become public scientists so they can pursue careers that weave science into the fabric of society.

Research Interests

I enjoy designing citizen science programs for the investigation of social-ecological systems (also called coupled natural and human systems). I believe that to understand natural systems, we also have to understand human systems because our species has a pervasive influence on nature. Plus, I enjoy the interdisciplinary approaches of ecological and social science research together. Topics of interest to me include:

  • managing human-wildlife interactions
  • ecology of lightscapes and soundscapes
  • avian incubation behavior and physiology
  • eggs as bioindicators of contaminants
  • synchrony and mismatch in phenology
  • citizen science design

and any research question that can only be answered via citizen science.