Karen Bailey is a coupled systems researcher interested in understanding human-environment interactions and social-ecological systems. She recently completed her PhD in the School of Natural Resources and the Environment at the University of Florida. She is currently working under the guidance of Dr. Joel Hartter on several projects in Sub-Saharan Africa focused on climate change, resource-dependent livelihoods, human wellbeing, and wildlife conservation. She also resides within SILC and provides her expertise often to its varied projects and programs. Karen has broad interests in sustainable livelihoods, wildlife conservation, global change, and human behavior. Her dissertation focused on climate adaptation and wellbeing in Eswatini (formerly Swaziland). Karen also has a strong commitment to diversifying STEM fields, environmental justice, and science communication.