Climate Resilience Extension Associate
Focus Areas: Resilience, climate change, outreach and engagement, risk communication
Cayla Cothron is North Carolina Sea Grant’s climate resilience extension associate. She works with extension staff to serve and support communities and stakeholders in addressing coastal and climate resilience challenges. Her position includes continuing partnerships of the North Carolina Sentinel Site program, supporting resilience-focused efforts in collaboration with partners, and engaging stakeholders to improve climate and risk communication practices to more equitably serve underserved and underrepresented communities.
Cothron has a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies from Florida State University and a master’s degree in urban and regional planning from the University of Colorado Denver. Prior to joining Sea Grant, Cothron worked in long range community and environmental planning in both the private and public sectors in the western U.S. She has experience working with communities, government agencies, decision-makers, and other stakeholders to collaboratively address local needs and changing conditions across a wide variety of land use and environmental topics.