Senior Lecturer Emerita in Environmental Studies and International and Public Affairs


Caroline Karp, Esq., Senior Lecturer in International and Public Affairs, teaches domestic and international environmental law and policy courses. Her new courses include governance of the world oceans, and a co-taught course on management of fisheries and seafood. Karp’s longterm research interests focus on understanding and managing the impacts of individuals, societies, governments and user groups on water use, water quality and non-/living marine resources. Two current projects include a legal analysis of state and local authority to regulate land use in high hazard flood areas, and development of a crowd-sourced “app” to monitor jellyfish as an indicator of ecological change. Karp has worked with students in Indonesia, Senegal, Madagascar and Rhode Island to examine the effects of land use, artisanal and commercial fishing, emerging markets and tourism on marine and coastal resources.  She represents Rhode Island on a subcommittee of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission and works with environmental groups and agencies on issues related to the development of climate policy, conservation of natural resources, water quality planning and environmental enforcement.

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