Caroline A. Karp
Caroline Karp's areas of interest are coastal and marine watershed management, water law and urban environmental policy. She has been working in southwest Madagascar since 1999 with Brown students and support from various Malagasy agencies to examine the effects of eco-tourism and market development on the village economy and the reef ecosystem.
Karp is a Senior Lecturer in the Center for Environmental Studies. She teaches courses that address international and domestic environmental law and policy. Her research interests are in the areas of coastal watershed management and natural resources policy and law. She has worked with Brown students throughout Rhode Island as well as in Indonesia (2007, 2009), Senegal (2005) and Madagascar (1999 - 2001) to examine the effects of artisanal fishing, tourism and emerging markets on marine and coastal resources and human health. Recent supervised thesis research projects include evaluation of the relationship between the pattern of residential land use and demand on water supplies; evaluation of environmental risks and benefits associated with proposed liquefied natural gas terminals in Narragansett Bay; evaluation of Brown's Environmental Purchasing Policy; evaluation of access to local produce in the Providence foodshed; and evaluation of the State's authority to regulate fishing of apex predators, such as sharks, in state waters. Prior to joining Brown University in 1992, Karp worked in the areas of marine pollution ecology, water pollution control policy and environmental law. She serves on a variety of state and local environmental advisory committees and is a member of the Sierra Club's national Marine Wildlife and Habitat Committee.