Maddie Atkins

Maddie Atkins

Employment Sought:


Nicholas School of the Environment
Duke University, Durham, NC
Concentration: Water Resources Management
BACHELOR OF ARTS, Dean’s High Honors, May 2015
Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH
Majors: Environmental Geology; Environmental Studies
Minors: Political Science; Biology; Chemistry

Professional Experience

Water Infrastructure, Equity, and Finance Research Assistant, Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, Durham, NC
Advisor: Dr. Martin Doyle Researching the extent that water infrastructure spending through the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund is responsive to federal regulations in the context of equality and equity across all states. Present.
Federal Policy Stakeholder Engager, U.S. Government Relations, The Nature Conservancy, Arlington, VA
Coordinated across TNC state chapter members and other nonprofit organizations to organize advocacy events and letters of support. Authored policy summaries and memorandums on current legislative priorities. Summer 2016.
Geoscience Policy Analyst, American Geosciences Institute, Alexandria, VA
Authored and published news briefs and policy, tracked and analyzed geoscience policy and legislation, participated in briefings, hearings, and coalition meetings. Engaged with congressional member staff to address geoscience concerns in their districts. Spring 2016.
Federal Affairs Policy Analyst, Wildlife Conservation Society, Washington, DC
Researched wildlife conservation policies, including climate change finance and appropriations. Tracked legislation, drafted science and policy memos, attended congressional hearings and briefings. Fall 2015.

Additional Information

Skills: Policy analysis, US water rights and governance, hydrology modeling, MATLAB, Mathematica, wetlands management, Excel

Publications: Atkins, M., December 2016, Geologic Aspects and Future of Nuclear Waste Disposal; AAPG Explorer

Student Groups: Duke Water Network, GROW

Professional Affiliations: Geological Society of America, American Water Resources Association 


clean water act compliance
excel modeling
stakeholder engagement
water resources management

Graduation Date

May 2018

Additional Resources

Preferred Location


Preferred Sector

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