Carmen Ritter

Biological Science Technician

Carmen started work with the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center and MarineGEO in 2018. She works on several long-term studies in the Chesapeake Bay region in collaboration with the Fisheries Conservation lab and can usually be found somewhere on the water or under it. In the lab, she currently focuses on epifaunal invertebrate identification for an NSF project on eelgrass wasting disease in eastern Pacific coastlines.

A longtime lover of the ocean, Carmen is passionate about preserving and protecting the animals that live below its salty surface. Before coming to MarineGEO, she earned her undergraduate degree from Vanderbilt University, sailed across the Atlantic Ocean, and studied dolphin communities with the Sarasota Dolphin Research Program in Florida. She is a PADI Divemaster and soon-to-be USCG Captain.