Henry "Hank" Carson grew up in Walla Walla and lived for trips to a family cabin on Hood Canal. After a bachelors in Environmental Science and Biology at the Colorado College, he moved to Seattle and had a variety of jobs in teaching and science such as work with NOAA on Columbia Basin salmon recovery. He then moved to California to pursue a doctoral degree in marine ecology at San Diego State University and University of California, Davis.
Henry's Ph.D. dissertation research focused on how populations are connected to each other in the ocean through the drift of larval stages. In 2008 he then took a post-doctoral researcher position at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, also on population connectivity. In 2010 he started a second post-doc position at the University of Hawaii, Hilo, this time studying plastic pollution in the marine environment.
Henry returned to the Puget Sound in 2013, at the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife headquarters in Olympia. He leads the department's shellfish dive team that manages fisheries for geoduck, sea cucumber, sea urchin, and scallops, as well as the pinto abalone population recovery program.