Carrie Norin, PhD

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Carrie Norin is an educator, artist,  and trained evolutionary biologist. She holds a doctorate in Ecology & Evolution from Rutgers University and a BS in Environmental Studies from The George Washington University. Carrie has taught evolutionary biology, genetics, and ecology at the university and high school levels, and recently built and directed a student research program at Princeton Day School, Princeton, NJ.


As a Peace Corps volunteer in Samoa, she created an interdisciplinary curriculum investigating the biology of local flora found in traditional Samoan design and culture. Carrie is currently developing curriculum on the ecology, evolutionary biology, and genetics of endangered mountain gorillas. She plans to partner with international conservation organizations to increase student outreach and citizen science programs.


Science and nature also inspire Carrieā€™s artwork. Through an ecological lens, she photographs flora and fauna from around the world, documenting the scientific names of her subjects. More recently, Carrie has been exploring microscopic structures within plant cells, highlighting important evolutionary adaptations while revealing a hidden beauty invisible to the naked eye. Her digital micrographs were exhibited in galleries and corporate spaces, and have been published in Scientific American


She creates jewelry reflecting patterns found in nature, combining silver and semi-precious stones with her handmade porcelain pieces. Carrie recently launched matte.porcelain.design. This new line highlights a more simple and sophisticated aesthetic, focusing on clean lines and modern geometry. 


Carrie lives in Morris County, NJ and is married with three young boys. The family loves being outside, hiking, climbing, and exploring.