Karen Heymann is Mass Audubon’s Legislative Director. Her qualifications include a PhD in Soil Biogeochemistry from Cornell University, where she was awarded a National Science Foundation fellowship for her research, developing new methods to study the potential of soils to mitigate climate change, and publishing her work in several peer-reviewed scientific journals. Karen also earned Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in Plant and Soil Science.
Prior to joining Mass Audubon Karen was awarded a Science and Technology fellowship through the American Academy for the Advancement of Science, overseeing a portfolio of science and environmental issues for Congresswoman Lois Capps (CA-24th), a Member of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce. Her experiences on Capitol Hill inform her balanced, non-partisan approach to influencing state and federal environmental legislation and policies using the best available science.
Karen lives with her family in Greater Boston.