Meredith Whitten

Meredith Whitten

Career Interests

Marine spatial planning, elasmobranch conservation, marine protected area design and policy
Employment Sought:
Internships

Education

Master of Environmental Management, May 2019
Nicholas School of the Environment
Duke University, Durham, NC
Concentration: Coastal Environmental Management
 
Bachelor of Science, magna cum laude, May 2014
Emory University, Atlanta, GA
Major: Environmental Sciences
Related coursework: environmental policy, ecology, conservation, and water resources

Professional Experience

State Coordinator, Georgia Adopt-A-Stream, Watershed Protection Branch, Georgia Environmental Protection Division, Atlanta, GA
Organized and led certification workshops in chemical, bacterial, macroinvertebrate, and other water quality monitoring protocols for volunteers and trainers. Conducted water quality testing, data analysis, and produced reports to ascertain health of Georgia’s water resources. Developed, updated, and distributed outreach materials, manuals, and newsletters. Maintained program database of citizen science data to ensure data quality control. Planned and led meetings with the program advisory board and network of community coordinators to develop long term plans for the direction of the program. Orchestrated an annual water quality monitoring conference with over 200 attendees, including water quality professionals and citizen scientists. December 2016 – July 2017
 
Outreach Unit Program Assistant, Watershed Protection Branch, Georgia Environmental Protection Division, Atlanta, GA 
Provided programmatic support to water related environmental education outreach programs. Received certifications as a trainer in Adopt-A-Stream bacterial, chemical, and macroinvertebrate QA/QC monitoring programs. Assisted with training workshops and outreach events for Georgia Adopt-A-Stream volunteers and trainers and for Project WET educators and facilitators. January 2016 – December 2016
 
SCUBA Instructor, Underwater Explorers Society, Freeport, The Bahamas
Conducted SCUBA diving classes and guided customers on diving and snorkel trips. Provided educational information and taught classes on marine conservation and ecology to diverse groups, organizations, and individuals. October 2014 - October 2015

Additional Information

Additional Skills
• Highly proficient with social media and Microsoft Office Suite
• Experience with GIS and underwater videography Honors Thesis, High Honors July 2013 - May 2014
• “GIS Mapping of Raccoon (Procyon Lotor) Trails and Associated Invertebrate and Vertebrate Traces in Stormwashover Fans, St. Catherines Island, Georgia.”
Adviser: Dr. Anthony Martin James
Lester Scholarship, Emory University April 2013
Emory Scholar, Robert W. Woodruff Scholarship, Emory University April 2010
 
Publications
Martin, A.J. and Whitten, M.J. “First Known Fossil Bird Tracks (Pleistocene) on San Salvador Island, The Bahamas.” Geologica Acta, March 2015.
 
Conference Presentations
Whitten, Meredith and Martin, Anthony. (April 2014) “GIS Mapping of Raccoon (Procyon Lotor) Trails and Associated Invertebrate and Vertebrate Traces in Stormwashover Fans, St. Catherines Island, Georgia,” presented at Geological Society of America, Southeastern Section Meeting, Ichnology in the Southeast USA Session, Blacksburg, Virginia.
I possess a strong background in program management and volunteer education as well as technical experience with GIS and advanced science and ecology courses.

Skills

ecology
fisheries science and policy
GIS
marine protected areas management
project management

Graduation Date

May 2019

Additional Resources

Languages

English

Preferred Location

Mid-Atlantic
Southeast
West

Preferred Sector

Federal Government
Non-profit / NGO
Research Institute / Think Tank
State / Local Government