Prior to joining AidData, Carly completed her Ph.D. at the University of Florida. Her formal training as a geographer concentrated in Climatology, but she acquired an interdisciplinary education through specializations in Environmental Geoscience and Agricultural Studies. Her research has taken her to several African nations to conduct field work, including for her dissertation, in which she examined the socio-ecological effects of large-scale land acquisitions in Ethiopia. She has contributed to numerous multi-disciplinary projects, such as research serving as a graduate researcher for a Pursuit grant from the Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center regarding water scarcity and conflict in Africa, and research at the National Aeronautics Space Administration related to the impact of floods on infrastructure in Central America. As a graduate student in Florida, Carly also designed and taught multiple undergraduate courses focused on sustainability and Earth system science.