Max Carol



Natural Sciences, Conservation


Cornell University


Max Carol started writing for Treehugger in 2016 while still a student at Cornell University; he has since graduated with an extensive list of accolades. He brings to the team a longstanding interest in conservation and particularly invasive species, which he started researching during his sophomore year of high school.


Carol spent his childhood summers at his grandparents’ cabin in the backwoods of Maine. It was at a nearby lake that an infestation of the invasive plant variable milfoil sparked his interest in environmental science. He began conducting research on invasive aquatic plants, mainly milfoil, in his sophomore year of high school and has volunteered with the STOP Milfoil Campaign in Belgrade Lakes, Maine, since 2012.

Adding to his breadth of knowledge, Carol has also served as a staff writer for Peanut Press Books, worked on publicity campaigns for Universal Music Group, worked in the archives of the Museum of the City of New York, and spent four years writing for the Wikipedia parody website, Uncyclopedia. Along with numerous Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, he also won 1st place for Environmental Science at the Long Island Science and Engineering Fair.




Carol graduated from Cornell University, College of Arts & Sciences, with a Bachelor of Arts in English. Along with being a member of Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society, he also maintained a place on the Dean’s List throughout. He was the recipient of the Pauline and Irving Tanner Dean’s Scholar, the Howard Milstein Scholarship, the John and Charlotte Reamer Scholarship, a National Merit Scholarship, and The George Washington University School of Engineering and Applied Science Medal for Achievement in Mathematics and Science.

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