Karen Bareford, Ph.D.

National Water Extension Liaison
Karen Bareford, Ph.D.




National Water Center
205 Hackberry Lane
Tuscaloosa, AL 35401



Karen works with the National Water Center, the University of Alabama, and the Sea Grant Program to ensure that we understand what information, and in what formats, local constituents need to best plan for water challenges.

Most recently she worked as a coastal planning specialist with Texas Sea Grant. She also brings with her more than 10 years of experience working with coastal and ocean conservation and management with the State of Florida.

Karen has as Ph.D. in urban and regional planning from Florida State University. She also holds a master’s degree in outdoor recreation with an emphasis in environmental education and leadership and a bachelor’s degree in public affairs, both from Indiana University.