Senior Associate Dean, Natural Sciences
As senior associate dean, Cable oversees the following departments and programs in the natural sciences: applied physical sciences; biology, biomedical engineering; chemistry; computer science; earth, marine and environmental sciences (EMES); environment, ecology and energy (E3P); exercise and sport science; mathematics; physics and astronomy; psychology and neuroscience; statistics and operations research; and supports the Chancellor’s Science Scholars program (part of Honors Carolina).
Cable joined the UNC-Chapel Hill faculty in 2011 and the following year became chair of what was then called the Curriculum in Environment and Ecology. In her seven-plus years as chair, she implemented three dual bachelor’s-master’s degree programs, in partnership with UNC’s professional schools in media and journalism, government and information and library science. She also put in place a multi-unit environmental internship program in collaboration with the Institute for Environment and the Three Zeroes Initiative.
She spearheaded a major strategic planning effort to enhance and expand the University’s environment, ecology and energy research and teaching efforts. This became E3P, an interdisciplinary program launched in 2018. In collaboration with departments in the College and in the Gillings School of Global Public Health, she successfully hired six new faculty working at the intersections of water, energy, climate, planning, culture, economics and data science.
Cable’s primary research focus is low-temperature marine geochemistry, especially in coastal aquifer systems. She has also studied sea level rise impacts to aquifers, salt marsh hydrology and accretion, and submarine ground water discharge. She has active research grants from the National Science Foundation’s Chemical Oceanography and ADVANCE programs.
Cable has a B.S. in marine science from the University of South Carolina and a Ph.D. in chemical oceanography from Florida State University.