Carrie Wheelock, MS student

Carrie WheelockEmail Carrie

Research Interests

My primary interest is in coral reef ecology, conservation, and education. My interest in coral reefs began in 2003 when I was doing research on the Great Barrier Reef. It is a truly spectacular place and I was moved by the impending threats to the reef ecosystem, including the impact of tourism, the effects of global warming, and agricultural runoff. As part of my contribution to education about coral reefs I hope to write a children’s book on reef life. My other interests include research on the emotional and spiritual connection between women and the ocean, the implementation of corridors between rainforest fragments, integration of traditional ecological knowledge with environmental research, the use of gardens and buffer strips to filter agricultural runoff, and restoration ecology.


Unity College
BS Wildlife Biology, emphasis in Conservation, September 2000;May 2004

Work Experience

Substitute Elementary School Teacher

November 2004;Present, Sharon Elementary School, Sharon, VT

Environmental Educator

June 2004;August 2004, Wolfe’s Neck Farm Day Camp, Freeport, ME

Biological Aide

September 2003;May 2004, Unity College, Unity, ME

Health Educator

September 2000;May 2002, Unity College Health Center, Unity College, ME

Resident Advisor

January 2002;December 2002, Unity College, Unity, ME

Biological Research Intern

May;August 2002, Moosehorn National Wildlife Refuge, Baring, ME

Research Assistant / Data Collector

June;August 2001, Rachel Carson Wildlife Refuge, Great Bay, NH

Travel Experience

SIT Study Abroad Program, Natural and Cultural Ecology in Australia
Jan;May 2003, Researched niche separation of two types of Butterfly Fish on a Fringing Reef, Lizard Island, Queensland, Australia, and The Effects of Feral Horse (Equus caballas) Grazing on the Foredune Vegetation of Eastern Fraser Island, Queensland, Australia

Honors & Grants

  • Unity College Academic Scholarship
  • Unity College Deans List, Spring 2001;Spring 2004
  • Academic Research Grant to assist Professor Arnett in salt marsh research on invasive plants and Bio-control methods, Summer 2001