Esteban Arenas

Esteban Arenas

Career Interests

Fisheries Management, Geospatial Analysis, Environmental Economics, Climate Change

Employment Sought:
Permanent Position


Masters of Environmental Management, Summer 2017
Nicholas School of the Environment
Duke University, Durham, NC
Focus on Environmental Economics and Policy
Bachelor of Arts, May 2011
Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY
Major: Environmental Studies
Minor: Economics
GPA: 3.2
Thesis: Public Perception of Tourist Development Issues: A case study of HolBox, QR, Mexico
University Carlos III, Madrid, Spain, Study Abroad Program, Spring 2010
Population Theory, Statistics Applied to the Social Sciences, and Environment and Society in Spain
Green Mountain College, Poultney, Vermont, Summer 2009
Organic Agriculture, Integrated Farm Systems, Appropriate Technology in Agriculture, and Sustainable Food Systems

Professional Experience

Fisheries Masters Project, Duke Nicholas School of the Environment, Raleigh, NC 
Optimal Sustainable Use of Small Pelagic Fish: Case Study of the sardine fishery in the Gulf of California. Looked at fresh, fish meal, and canned uses of sardines in the Gulf of California and analyzed for market distortions. Researched mariculture in Baja California, sardine fishery management, boat permits, processing plants and other. Analyzed data from INAPESCA, fisheries research institution in Mexico, including boat catch weight and price. Used R to clean data and do regression for variables that could be causing distortions in the sardine market. January 2016 – May 2017
Climate Change Intern, Conservation Trust for North Carolina, Raleigh, NC
Organizing database of CTNC protected properties. This was done in both excel as well as GIS files. GIS climate change resilience assessment of CTNC protected lands using TNC land resilience data sets. Conducted CTNC protected property surveys to ensure no development or other irregularities occurred. Conducted research and provided a recommendation on effective climate community based social marketing. Research and memo on vulnerability assessments for CTNC properties. May 2016 – August 2016
Ecology department Intern, Herrera Environmental Consultants, Seattle, WA 
Working on a power line construction project along the Columbia River. Help with plant identification and organize by Latin name and family. Compile all legal and technical documents necessary for field site assessment and monitoring; extended days. Revise and edit environmental impact assessment (EIA) for the power line project. April 2014 – April 2015
Restoration Specialist, King County Department of Natural Resources and Washington Conservation Corps, Seattle, WA
Assist in project management, hiring, and developing educational program for WCC Corps members. Worked with KCDNRP staff on a variety of projects: land surveying, water quality testing, GIS, sign installations. Organized billing, production, and invoices for 24 crew members doing habitat enhancement work. Independent projects: downloading and installing data loggers measuring water elevation; time-lapse cameras. April-October 2014
Corps Member, EarthCorps, Seattle, WA
Engaged in filed environmental restoration projects throughout the Puget Sound Region for erosion control, invasive plant removal, native plant installation, and trail construction/maintenance. Completed courses and field training in PNW botany and ecology, environmental restoration theories and concepts, natural resource management and global environmental issues. Gained leadership,, interpersonal and cross-cultural communication skills as a volunteer team manager. 2013

Additional Information

Computer: STATA, R, Python, Duke Geospatial Certificate using ArcMap, Excel and Office, Photoshop
Language:  Fluent in Spanish and completely Bicultural (Mexico and US), Conversational in Italian.
Hard Skills: Data analysis, Project management, Coding, Construction/Restoration Field Skills, Statistics
Soft Skills: Time management, Team-working, Leadership, Communication, Adaptability, Problem solving

Through classes at Duke as well as on the job experience during and before Duke, I've gained experience in GIS, climate change vulnerability assessments, cost benefit analysis, and fisheries ecology and management. I'm interested in fisheries management doing quantitative, analytical work


climate change
cost-benefit analysis
environmental economics
fisheries science and policy

Graduation Date

May 2017

Additional Resources



Preferred Sector

Entrepreneur / Start-up
Non-profit / NGO
State / Local Government