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Carrie Brown-Lima

Regional Administrator


Carrie Brown-Lima has amassed more than 25 years of experience while working in the areas of natural resource conservation and management. During a career that has spanned a variety of  ecosystems and multiple continents, she has developed strategic partnerships and innovative programs that integrate science into natural resource decision-making and policies.  Prior to her appointment as NE CASC Regional Administrator, she served as the Director of the NY Invasive Species Research Institute at Cornell University for 9 years. In that role, she worked closely with research scientists, state and federal agencies, regional managers and other stakeholders to better inform approaches to invasive species management.

Brown-Lima has served as vice chair of the National Invasive Species Advisory Committee, chair of the New York State Invasive Species Advisory Committee, and the North American Invasive Species Network. She is also a co-founder of the Northeast Regional Invasive Species and Climate Change (RISCC) Management Network.

Prior to her role at Cornell, Carrie spent more than a decade working in Brazil and throughout Latin America developing conservation strategies. Her work there included leading programs for sustainable fisheries and transboundary protected areas.  She holds a bachelor’s degree in Biology from Keene State College and a master’s degree in Natural Resources from Cornell University.

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Director, New York Invasive Species Research Institute, Cornell University, 2014-2023
Coordinator, Rio de Janeiro State Sustainable Seafood Certification Program, Brazil, 2011-2014
Researcher, Working Landscapes Project, The Nature Conservancy Latin America Region, Brazil, 2009-2010
Conservation Planning Specialist, The Nature Conservancy Latin America Region, Brazil, 2008-2009
Conservation Planning Specialist, Pro Natura Internatioonal, Brazil, 2006-2008

Committees & Advisory Boards

Appointee, National Invasive Species Advisory Committee
Co-Founder & Leadership Team Member, Northeast Regional Invasive Species and Climate Change (RISCC) Management Network
Chair, North American Invasive Species Network Advisory Board
Chair and Cornell University Representative, New York Invasive Species Advisory Committee
Cornell University Representative, Forest Ecosystem Monitoring Cooperative
Advisory Board Member, University of Georgia Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health
Working Group Member, New York Climate Impacts Assessment
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M.S: Natural Resources, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
B.S.: Biology, Keene State College, Keene, NH