Nicholas Alcaraz

Nicholas Alcaraz

I have experience designing and implementing research studies. I have worked closely on projects exploring marine mammal physiology, behavior, and ecology.

Career Interests

Marine mammals, bioacoustics, behavioral ecology, biology, research

Employment Sought:
Permanent Position

Education

MASTER OF ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT, May 2017
CERTIFICATE IN GEOSPATIAL ANALYSIS, May 2017
Nicholas School of the Environment
Duke University, Durham, NC
Concentration: Coastal Environmental Management
Master’s Project Title: Assessment of Southern Ocean Biomass using Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler Technology
Coursework: Introduction to Geospatial Analysis | Environmental Economics | Applied Data Analysis (R) | Social Science Surveys | Population Ecology | Professional Communications | Marine Geospatial Analysis | Federal Fisheries Management | GIS Field Skills | Marine Mammals | Data and Time Series Analysis (MATLAB) | Marine Policy | Advanced Geospatial Analysis
 
BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN BIOLOGY, June 2011
University of California at Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, CA
Coursework: Ecology | Biology of Marine Mammals | Oceanography | Life in the Sea | Evolution | Development and Physiology | Concepts in Biology | Marine Ecology | Genetics | Invertebrate Zoology | Field Ecology | Ichthyology | Animal Physiology | Physics | Chemistry | Organic Chemistry | Biochemistry | Cell Biology | Calculus

Professional Experience

Data Management Student Assistant, Duke Unoccupied Systems Facility, Beaufort, NC
Organized and maintained large drone flight data sets by checking for consistency errors prior to spatial analysis in GIS. Assisted with the development of monitoring projects to assess biological and ecological change around Eastern North Carolina. Sept 2016 – Present

Antarctic Ecology Research Intern, Duke University Marine Lab, Beaufort, NC
Collaborated with researchers at NOAA, statistically analyzed acoustic data and performed relative krill abundance estimates to determine spatial and temporal biomass changes within the Palmer Long Term Ecological Research Grid. Prepared scientific documents culminating in Master’s Project. May – Aug 2016

Marine Mammal Protection Stanback Intern, Natural Resources Defense Council, Santa Monica, CA
Conducted scientific literature reviews to obtain background information and draft agency response documents. Submitted public comments regarding Cook Inlet Beluga Draft Recovery Plan, and proposed Exxon Mobil Incidental Harassment Authorization in Alaska. Drafted testimony in support of an addendum to SB414 which improved oil spill response along the California coast. May 2015 – Aug 2015

Passive Acoustic Analysis Intern, Southall Environmental Associates, Inc., Aptos, CA
Performed data auditing of hydrophone recordings from the Bering Strait to assess interactions between Bowhead whales and gas & oil shipping vessels. Provided technical information to Shell Oil Company regarding their impact on Bowhead critical habitat. June 2014 – May 2015         

Laboratory and Quality Control Technician, Kan Herb Company, Santa Cruz, CA
Performed microbiological testing and quality control of vitamins and supplements used in acupuncture therapy. Ensured FDA compliancy and proper laboratory documentation was maintained during manufacturing process. Managed lab space with strong organizational skills through anticipation and communication of potential roadblocks, in order to streamline production. Sept 2011 – April 2014

Marine Mammal Trainer I, Long Marine Laboratory: Marine Mammal Physiology Project, Santa Cruz, CA
Participated in animal training program, which included cooperative physiological research with marine mammals. Interacted with the public through tours and educational presentations. Supervised 20 volunteer members and aided in skill development of animal husbandry and training. April 2011 – Jan 2014

Research Volunteer, Humpback Whale Behavioral Response to Seismic Survey Study, QLD, Australia
Tracked real-time movement of Humpback whales to assess the impact of seismic surveys on whale behavior. Deployed passive monitoring systems to quantify acoustic variation within the ocean habitat. Sept – Oct 2014

Mediterranean Ecology Research Assistant, STARESO Marine Lab, Corsica, France
Designed original research project focused on the environmental predictors of anemone spatial distribution to better understand Mediterranean ecology. Collected and statistically analyzed biological field samples. Produced a scientific report and presentation given to University community. Sept – Nov 2010

Additional Information

PERSONAL:
Expertise in scientific analysis, synthesis, and communication both written and oral.
Excellent public speaking, organizational, interpersonal, detail oriented, and multitasking skills.
Commitment and dedication to completing tasks, learning new skills, and advancing own knowledge of subject matter and processes.

COMPUTER:
R/R Studio | ArcGIS | ArcPad | MatLab | Python | Microsoft Excel/Office | Adobe Audition | Git/GitHub | Wordpress | GPS Pathfinder

CERTIFICATIONS AND TECHNICAL:
SDI Open Water SCUBA certified, 2001
Animal Training and Behavior accreditation, 2014
North Carolina Boat Education and Safety certified, 2016

AFFILIATIONS:
The Ocean Policy Working Group – Coordinator
International Marine Animal Trainers Association – Member
Society for Marine Mammology - Member

GRANTS:
Stanback Conservation Fellow: $5000, 2015
Edna Bailey Sussman Fund: $7300, 2016
Academic Scholarship, Nicholas School of the Environment: $4000, 2015 and 2016

Skills

ecology
GIS
marine acoustics
statistics

Graduation Date

May 2017

Additional Resources

Languages

French
Spanish

Preferred Location

Mid-Atlantic
Southeast
West

Preferred Sector

Academic Institution
Business / Industry
Consulting
Federal Government