Caroline Walls

2019 Fellow Western Washington University


Caroline Walls is a master’s student studying Freshwater Ecology at Huxley College of the Environment at Western Washington University in Bellingham, Washington. She grew up in Tucson, AZ, where she spent all of her free time in a swimming pool.  She obtained her BA in Mathematics/Statistics and Environmental Policy from Northwestern University in Evanston, IL. When she first moved to western Washington in 2011, she knew she had found the moderate temperatures and natural waterways of her dreams! When she is not doing research, Caroline enjoys swimming, kayaking, berry picking and hiking in the Olympic Mountains.

Caroline’s research focuses on freshwater and riparian communities, particularly those that support Pacific salmon. She loves working with juvenile salmon.  She is also interested in statistical methods for looking at trends in long-term data sets. Caroline has a strong background in public outreach and interpretation of natural resources. She hopes to include scientific communication to policy-makers and the general public as a regular component of her current and future research.

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