Carol Blakney received a bachelor of fine arts at the University of Massachusetts in 1982, then continued on to do art history research at Mount Holyoke College, becoming project manager for The Oxford Guide to Classical Mythology in the Arts, published in 1993. She began working with Abel Alves on biohistory in 1994. From 2001 to 2006, she organized an international network of academics and activists to provide free community-specific research on environmental issues and co-developed an educational website with Catherine Kavassalis. In 2012, she opened Carol Blakney Designs at The National Stationary Show in New York and illustrated the Christmas cover for the Bas Bleu catalogue. She continues to lecture on environmental issues and biohistory.