Karen Hébert is a social scientist whose research examines changing natural resource economies and struggles over sustainability in coastal Alaska. Trained as a cultural anthropologist, she has conducted ethnographic field research in Bristol Bay since 2003. Her early work there focused on transformations in the region’s salmon industry, and her more recent work has examined resource development debates framed in terms of risk. Karen holds a B.A. in Humanities from Yale University and a Master’s and a Ph.D in Anthropology from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. From 2009 to 2016, she was an assistant professor at Yale University jointly appointed in the Department of Anthropology and the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. She is currently an assistant professor at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada in the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies. In addition to her teaching positions, she has also been a postdoctoral fellow in the Program in Agrarian Studies at Yale and a Weatherhead Scholar at the School for Advanced Research in Santa Fe, New Mexico. From 2013 to 2016, Karen was the principal investigator on a project funded by the National Science Foundation titled: "The Vulnerable North? Risk and Resilience in Alaskan Coastal Communities," which the Fishing and Natural Resources In Bristol Bay Project Jukebox is a part. She conducted interviews in Dillingham and Anchorage, Alaska from 2013 to 2015.