Cara Sucher earned an undergraduate degree in chemical engineering from the University of Rochester and a graduate degree in geochemical oceanography from the University of Rhode Island. As a second-year graduate student, Cara became the first American woman to conduct fieldwork at Vostok Station, a Russian research station in the Antarctic interior.

After completing her degree, Cara spent two years in Washington DC, working first for the interagency U.S. Global Change Research Program and then for NOAA’s Office of Global Programs. Cara has been the Supervisor of Laboratory Operations, at Palmer Station and is currently the Manager of Laboratory Science at McMurdo Station. She works for Raytheon Polar Services Company, the National Science Foundation’s logistical contractor for the U.S. Antarctic Program. Cara has deployed to the Antarctic twelve times (and counting).