Charise Johnson is a research associate in the Center for Science and Democracy at the Union of Concerned Scientists. She works primarily partnership with justice-based groups, providing analysis that connects data-driven research with public health and community impacts, and she provides research support on other CSD projects. Before coming to UCS, Charise was a Climate and Energy intern at Oceana, working on the effects of seismic surveys on marine mammals and fisheries. Prior to that, she worked as a research assistant at the Waitt Institute, a non-profit organization that focuses on ocean conservation in the Caribbean.
Charise has a BA in psychology from the University of Texas at Arlington, where she researched memory in older adults, and an MS in environmental science from American University, where she concentrated mainly on the effect of climate change and nutrient pollution on coral bleaching.