Carolyn Ewers Lewis
PhD Candidate, Deakin University, Melbourne AUS, 2017-current
MSc Science, Center for Coastal Marine Sciences, California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly), USA
BSc Science, Center for Coastal Marine Sciences, California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly), USA
Carolyn completed a Bachelor of Science degree in marine biology and fisheries at the Center for Coastal Marine Sciences, California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly), USA. Whilst studying, she also completed an internship at the Virginia Institute of Marine Sciences (VIMS), where she researched the role of seagrasses and various shallow-water marine habitats in supporting invertebrate productivity and biodiversity. During this time she also participated in research at her home university, investigating environmental factors driving differences in the sequestration of sun-screening compounds (mycosporine-like amino acids) by the purple sea urchin, Strongylocentrotus purpuratus.
Carolyn then went on to receive a Master of Science degree in biology from Cal Poly. Her thesis investigated the physiological effects of light and temperature stress associated with climate change on eelgrass (Zostera marina). During her masters research Carolyn became a scientific diver with the American Academy of Underwater Sciences (AAUS) and a primary boat operator with the Center for Coastal Marine Sciences, while also volunteer diving on an invasive species project, maintaining the Central and Northern California Ocean Observing System (CeNCOOS) water quality stations as part of the NOAA Integrated Ocean Observing System database, and working as a California Collaborative Fisheries Research Program science crew member. Carolyn also gained valuable teaching experience throughout her program as she prepared and presented lectures, wrote and administered quizzes and tests, and interacted with students in her multiple History and Diversity of Life and Introduction to Cellular and Molecular Biology laboratory courses.
Currently for her Doctoral degree, Carolyn’s thesis is focused on understanding the dynamics of carbon sequestration in saltmarshes, mangroves, and seagrasses (‘blue carbon’). Specifically, Carolyn is interested in: 1) identifying and modelling factors driving differences in carbon stocks on local and regional scales, 2) investigating how land use changes (ie. loss of intertidal wetlands due to reclamation) impact existing carbon stocks, sequestration, and greenhouse gas emissions, and 3) assessing opportunities for blue carbon ecosystem restoration along Australia’s southeast coastline.