Claire joined the Federation in August 2022 as the Salt Marsh Campaign Coordinator. Working in collaboration with experts from a variety of different agencies, Claire is helping to coordinate a salt marsh protection action plan for North Carolina. This plan will be in conjunction with a larger regional effort by the South Atlantic Salt Marsh Initiative to protect salt marsh all along the South Atlantic coast. Claire has a Master of Science degree in Coastal and Ocean Policy from UNC Wilmington, where her research investigated the use of adaptive co-management and stakeholder engagement for more effective conservation of marine resources in marine protected areas. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Bucknell University. Before joining the Federation, Claire worked in the laboratory at a drinking and wastewater treatment facility in Colorado. In addition to sampling and performing various analyses, she worked closely with the State to help the lab follow strict regulations and remain within compliance. In her free time, Claire loves watching and playing soccer and anything to do with the water.