Kara Coffey is the Project Coordinator for the Socio-Economics Group at the Harte Research Institute. Her work addresses the connection between the socio-behavioral-economic and ecological systems in the Gulf of Mexico. She also assists with the operations and management of Texas OneGulf, alongside Dr. Katya Wowk. Kara received a Bachelor of Science in Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences at Texas A&M University and a Master of Science in Environmental Sciences at Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi, where she emphasized in Social and Environmental Impacts. Her research project was “Gulf of Mexico Red Tide Events: Public Perceptions of Risk and Communication”.
Prior to joining the Harte Research Institute, Kara worked at AmeriCorps’ Texas Conservation Corps as a Youth Crew Leader where she led high school students and high school graduates on conservation projects, such as working on trail improvement and habitat restoration projects, and focused on building conservation skills and engaging in environmental education.
She also serves as co-chair for the Gulf of Mexico Alliance Human Benefits of Nature cross-team initiative, and is part of the Coastal Bend Children in Nature leadership team.