BIO and C.V

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My name is Carolyn Sotka and I am a marine biologist, writer and photographer with a passion for combining all three by traveling to remote islands and wild coasts of the world. I’ve worked on ocean and coastal issues for over twenty years and have helped start conservation programs all over the U.S., including at the New England Aquarium, Stanford University’s Hopkins Marine Station, the Communication Partnership for Science and the Sea (COMPASS) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

I am co-author of a best selling book “The Death and Life of Monterey Bay: A Story of Revival”, recently showcased on PBS’ Big Blue Live. All my stories have an ocean angle and I’ve written features, national ocean policy, reports, travel articles and content for Web sites, short videos and podcasts. In 2014, I joined the amazing crew of gifted writers and editors at The (on hiatus 2016) and I continue to write as a freelancer.

I have a masters degree in ocean policy from the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science and a bachelors degree in zoology from the University of Vermont.  Currently, I am an adjunct faculty member with the College of Charleston, where I teach graduate-level classes on science communication.  I am Co-Director of the College of Charleston’s Biology Abroad 2018 Program in Trujillo, Spain and teach a course on environmental sustainability and policy

My areas of expertise include:

  • ocean conservation and policy
  • environmental policy and sustainability studies
  • oceans and human health (e.g., chemical contaminants, harmful algal blooms, ocean trash, pathogens, and marine pharmaceuticals)
  • marine protected areas
  • offshore oil and spills
  • sustainable fisheries, aquaculture and seafood safety
  • protected species management
  • climate change and adaptation and the environment
  • wildlife ecology
  • sustainable development

My skills include:

  • science, technical, creative and travel writing/editing for: articles/editorial, Web sites, blogs, videos, podcasts, interviews, product reviews, policy, breaking news, science reports, and books.
  • strategic programmatic planning for government or nonprofit organizations
  • national or state-level ocean/coastal policy development
  • interagency, multi-stakeholder and community development and coordination
  • building networks of academic or interdisciplinary partners
  • grant writing and fundraising
  • congressional outreach
  • media outreach
  • science communication training or workshops
  • graduate and college-level instruction and curricula development
  • meeting and scientific symposia organization and facilitation
  • travel itinerary and planning
  • photographer

Check out my C.V. SHORT and RESUME and C.V. and to learn more about my education, experience, and publications.




Phone. 843.817.5971