Clare Randolph

Clare Randolph

Research Interest


Clare is an historical ecologist focusing on the environmental and cultural importance of live coral harvesting along the Swahili coast circa the 11th-16th centuries CE. Clare is part of the Olo Be Taloha lab headed by Dr. Kristina Douglass (part of Columbia's Climate School). She has an interdisciplinary background in ecology, biology and anthropology. She has an MA from Penn State in Anthropology, and her research integrates her multiple academic backgrounds to gain deeper understandings of human and environmental interactions on the Swahili coast of eastern Africa.


BA in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Rice University, 2016
MA in Anthropology, Pennsylvania State University, 2022