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With a keen eye for detail and a love for science, Cheryl Carmack serves as Charleston Waterkeeper’s staff scientist and volunteer coordinator. Cheryl oversees the organization’s water quality monitoring programs, including the maintenance and operation of our certified laboratory–a joint initiative with the College of Charleston’s Hydrochemistry Laboratory. When Cheryl’s not in the field pulling samples or in the┬álab, she’s out in the community engaging with the public about water quality issues.

Cheryl joined Charleston Waterkeeper in 2012 as an intern, quickly becoming the organization’s water quality specialist. As a graduate student in the College of Charleston’s Masters of Environmental Studies Program, Cheryl helped lead the establishment of Charleston Waterkeeper’s first water quality monitoring program. She earned her Master’s degree from the College of Charleston in 2014 and joined the Charleston Waterkeeper team full time.

Before moving to Charleston, Cheryl earned her Bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and worked at the university as a researcher for a few years in the Biology department.

Cheryl loves getting her feet dirty and collecting weird finds from marsh cleanups.

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