With a background in biology and forest ecology, Cari has worked on a broad range of research projects at NCSU with a focus on atmosphere-biosphere interactions and environmental sustainability and has played a long-term role coordinating precipitation monitoring sites in NC as part of the National Atmospheric Deposition Program National Trends Network. She received an A.B. from Cornell University in 1982 and an M.S. from Duke University in 1987.
Cari is the Assistant University Director for the Southeast Climate Adaptation Science Center. She facilitates SE CASC project management and reporting, oversees communications and outreach for the SE CASC, and coordinates university consortium and working groups.