Megan Ossmann

Megan Ossmann

Career Interests

Wildlife conservation, geospatial analysis, non-profit project management, conservation planning
Employment Sought:
Internships

Education

Master of Environmental Management, May 2019
Nicholas School of the Environment
Duke University, Durham, NC
Concentration: Ecosystem Science and Conservation
Certificate: Geospatial Analysis
 
Bachelor of Arts, summa cum laude, May 2016
Adelphi University, Garden City, NY
Major: Environmental Studies
Minor: Biology
Honors College

Professional Experience

Forest Elephant Movement and Ecology Research Assistant, Duke University
Use R Statistical Software and ArcGIS to analyze movement patterns and behavior of 56 GPS-collared forest elephants in Gabon. Incorporate this analysis into monthly status reports for the Gabon Parks Agency (ANPN) to aid in management efforts and reduction of human-wildlife conflict for conservation purposes. Aug 2017-present
 
Environmental GIS Analyst, Town of Babylon Dept. of Environmental Control, North Babylon, NY 
Managed GIS databases and created maps for environmental site assessments, remediation and restoration sites, flood mapping, invasive species infestations and quarantine zones, etc. in an effort to visually represent environmental Town projects. Led transition from GPS units to ESRI ArcCollector app and ArcOnline software to ease data collection and representation process. Monitored piping plovers and other endangered species in partnership with the US Fish and Wildlife Service and New York State Department of Environmental Control, conducted annual hard clam population survey, and assisted with shellfish-raising program in an effort to improve water quality. Jan 2016 – Aug 2017
 
Nature Center Coordinator, Seatuck Environmental Association, Islip, NY
Created and taught hour-long, weekend education programs, specifically geared towards families with children ages 5 – 13. Led guided nature hikes around the property’s trails to teach visitors about native flora and fauna. Jan 2015 – Apr 2016
 
Conservation Policy Advocate, Seatuck Environmental Association, Islip, NY 
Proposed legislation that designates Montauk Point as a New York State Bird Conservation Area (BCA) to better protect the feeding ground of overwintering seabirds. Collaborated with local governments and environmental organizations on the “Campaign for Long Island Wildlife” to manage and improve water quality, barrier islands, tributaries, salt marshes, and wildlife. Sep 2015 – Mar 2016
 
GIS Teaching Assistant, Adelphi University, Garden City, NY 
Assisted with teaching ArcMap software to a class of 20 undergraduate students; served as a tutor outside of class and worked with students individually on assignments. Aug – Dec 2015

Additional Information

Certifications:
HAZWOPER 40 Hour Certification
10-hour Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
 
Skills:
ESRI ArcMap, ArcPro, and ArcGIS Online; Trimble GPS Units, R Statistical Software; Microsoft Applications
 
Organizations:
Pi Epsilon, Adelphi University- President | 2015 – 2016
Environmental Action Coalition, Adelphi University – Vice President, Event Coordinator | 2014 – 2016
Garden City Bird Sanctuary, Garden City, NY – Volunteer and Student Director | 2013 – 2015
 
Professional presentations:
-Differences in algae cover, coral bleaching, and water nutrient levels between Shark Bay and South Shore of Heron Island, Australia
-Sand, sand, and Sandy: a grain size analysis of coastal sediments at Long Beach and Fire Island, NY
-Long Island Water Use and Climate
- Trends and Implications for Sustainability

Skills

ecology
GIS
project management

Graduation Date

May 2019

Additional Resources

Languages

Spanish

Preferred Sector

Non-profit / NGO