Carolyn E. Ramírez, PhD

Carolyn E. Ramírez completed their Ph.D. in chemical engineering at Northwestern University in June of 2022. They studied physical organic chemistry in graduate school, focusing on nonlinear spectroscopy of artificial photosynthetic compounds for use in solar cells. Carolyn also pursued policy research in graduate school, synthesizing and recommending environmental-justice-centered strategies to provide equitable access to renewable energy while not placing a larger energy or economic burden on low-income and communities of color. Carolyn earned her bachelor’s in chemical engineering from the University of Texas at Austin in 2017. Now she works for an NGO, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), as a staff scientist in the Nature Program where they work with lawyers and science experts in the organization lobbying the federal government to protect federal lands from logging and industrial development to preserve carbon sequestered in mature trees and combat climate change. They pursue this work in coalition with local stakeholders, grassroots organizers, and Indigenous communities. Carolyn has a specific interest in environmental justice, continually learning how to approach environmental work from an anti-colonial, feminist, and anti-racist perspective, centering marginalized groups.