Carolyn Friedman is a biologist who looks at the practical impacts that diseases can have on both wild and farmed marine organisms, especially oysters. Working across taxa, and at the level of both the individual and population, she studies how the risk of the disease in shellfish aquaculture is linked to environmental change—a rising problem here in the Pacific Northwest, especially with the onset of ocean acidification. Her research is highly interdisciplinary, and she regularly collaborates with oceanographers, genome scientists, pathologists, and aquaculture industry scientists.