Karen Murchie

Research Biologist and Instructor, Shedd Aquarium,
Chicago, IL, USA.

Karen has a diverse background in fisheries science, having worked in both the marine and freshwater realm from the Arctic to the Amazon.   She also has experience in working in non-governmental, governmental, industry, and academic institutions, which combined with the diverse research locales, provides her with a unique lens to science education and outreach. Karen brings more than a decade’s worth of experience conducting research in the archipelago of The Bahamas to the CORE Advisory Board.  Her Ph.D. focused on various elements of bonefish ecology in the waters surrounding Eleuthera.  During her thesis research, she gained experience working with high school students through the Cape Eleuthera Institute and Island School. 

After completing her Ph.D., she held an Assistant Professorship at the University of The Bahamas (formerly College of The Bahamas) at the Northern Campus in Grand Bahama.  During this time, she taught a wide-variety of undergraduate classes (first to fourth year-level) in biology.  She continued to focus her research efforts on bonefish, engaging with organisations such Bahamas National Trust, and local bonefishing stakeholders such as guides and lodge owners. In her current position at Shedd Aquarium, Karen combines traditional field ecology with citizen science to understand fish migration. She also continues her role as an educator, teaching a 3-credit college course to Chicago area students at the aquarium.