Carolyn Monastra was raised in Cleveland, Ohio. She received a BA in English Literature from Fordham University and an MFA in photography from the Yale School of Art. For the past two decades her work has focused on creating and discovering mystery in the natural world. A number of artist residencies have afforded inspirational environments in which to create her work. After a residency in Iceland, Monastra was motivated to begin her project, The Witness Tree, to honor and preserve places and people affected by climate change. Monastra visited and photographed on every continent while researching and documenting the climate crisis. Her new project, Divergence of Birds, also focuses on climate concerns, but with an emphasis on the threat of species extinction. In addition to several awards resulting from her work in climate change, Monastra’s work has been widely exhibited around the world, and is in the Marguiles Collection in Miami. Monastra lives in Brooklyn, NY.