Carrie Kappel is an Associate Project Scientist and Center Associate at the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis and a member of the Center for Marine Assessment and Planning at UC Santa Barbara. A marine conservation biologist and community ecologist by training, she has worked in coral reefs, kelp forests and rocky intertidal systems and now uses collaborative synthesis science to develop conservation solutions that protect marine ecosystems and enhance human wellbeing. Carrie currently leads a multi-institution collaboration called the Ocean Tipping Points project, which is aimed at integrating our growing understanding of tipping points in marine ecosystems into ocean management through practical tools and approaches. She also serves on the Science Advisory Council for SNAP: Science for Nature and People, drawing upon her long history participating in and leading NCEAS working groups and other interdisciplinary, collaborative team science projects. Carrie received her B.S. from Brown University and her Ph.D. from Stanford University.