Dustin Colson Leaning

Dustin Colson Leaning

Career Interests

Marine Fisheries Management, Sustainable Seafood, Coastal Resources Management

Employment Sought:


Master of Environmental Management, May 2019
Nicholas School of the Environment
Duke University, Durham NC
Concentration: Environmental Economics & Policy
Bachelor of Arts, May 2015
Eckerd College, St. Petersburg FL
Majors: Economics and Environmental Studies
GPA: 3.86
Graduated with High Honors Honors & Rewards
Dean’s List Fall 2012-2015
Lukens Family Endowment Scholarship for Economics 2013-15
Presidential Scholarship 2011-15

Professional Experience

Graduate Research Assistant, Duke University, Durham, NC 
Currently analyzing socioeconomic and wildlife data using R to provide findings for research paper on the effect of community conservation engagement on bushmeat hunting in Gabon, Africa. September 2017 – Present
Expedition Advisor, Earthwatch Institute, Allston, MA 
Recruited volunteers for scientific research expeditions aimed at conserving endangered species and vulnerable ecosystems around the world. Stewarded customer relationships with donors and past volunteers spurring continued engagement and generating over $300,000 in revenue for Earthwatch. Performed data analysis on company metrics to determine best business practices. Supported marketing outreach efforts by showcasing conservation outcomes of expeditions to the general public and potential clients. Promoted sustainable practices in the office as a member of the Green Team. August 2015 – May 2017
Research Assistant, Eckerd College, St. Petersburg, FL 
Read and analyzed cutting edge literature on the interface between global public goods and private rights, specifically relating to pharmaceuticals, intellectual property rights, and public health. Evaluated published analyses of this topic and presented findings to Diana Fuguitt, Chair of the Behavioral Sciences Collegium. August 2014 – May 2015
Teacher’s Assistant, Eckerd College, St. Petersburg, FL 
Tutored Natural Resource Economics & Intermediate Macroeconomics students on course concepts to prepare them for exams. Guided student progress through homework assignments and technical economics papers. September 2014 – May 2015
Econometrics Computer Lab Assistant, Eckerd College, St. Petersburg, FL 
Provided technical assistance to students working in Excel, SPSS and R statistical programming. Supervised activity taking place in the computer lab and monitored use of school equipment. September 2014 – December 2014

Additional Information

Sustainability Initiative Volunteer Coordinator, Trash 2 Treasure, St. Petersburg FL 
Collaborated with the Office of Sustainability at Eckerd College in the creation of a waste mitigation program on campus. Represented Eckerd College at the Zero Waste Conference. Accepted the PLAN Sustainability award on the behalf of Eckerd College. Sept. 2014 – May 2015


environmental economics
fisheries science and policy
sustainable seafood

Graduation Date

May 2019

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Preferred Location


Preferred Sector

Entrepreneur / Start-up
Federal Government
Research Institute / Think Tank
State / Local Government