Carson B.

Graduate Research Asst

Carson is a graduate student studying for her masters in Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology. As a recent graduate of North Carolina Central University, she first became interested in doing environmental research pertaining to disparities in traditionally underserved communities through her lab experience there. Multiple opportunities from that time inspired her passion for social and environmental equity. She now hopes to use citizen science in an environmental justice context for her project. Currently, she is working on a citizen science project titled Sound Around Town with National Park Service Natural Sounds and Night Skies Division. This project aims to assess the acoustic environment in urban and suburban areas relating to noise pollution and perceptions of sound and noise. She will explore these perceptions using theories about biophilia, sense of place, and the soundscape approach. She hopes to learn how sense of place plays into the sensory perceptions of sound as an ecosystem service that is often overlooked but has been noted for its restorative qualities for human and more than human species.