Karen manages development of Aquaya’s written products, including project reports, research papers, briefs, proposals, and other communication pieces to ensure clarity and scientific quality. She helps to tailor outputs for diverse partner organizations and audiences, making research more accessible. In particular, Karen contributes to the Rural Evidence and Learning for Water (REAL-Water) project funded by USAID. She also supports qualitative and mixed methods data analysis for various projects.
Prior to joining Aquaya, Karen worked as a science writer for the Southern California Coastal Water Research Project in Costa Mesa, California. Her consulting experience includes support for the US Environmental Protection Agency, National Toxicology Program, and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Karen’s master’s project furthered water management programs in a peri-urban community in Chiapas, Mexico, and she volunteered with Engineers Without Borders in Araypallpa, Peru. Her doctoral research evaluated drinking water safety plans (a WHO-developed risk management approach) for water suppliers in France and Spain. She has authored more than 15 peer-reviewed publications.
Karen has a PhD from the Water Institute at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, a MESM specialized in water resources management from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and a B.S. in environmental biology from the University of Dayton.