Sebastian Bognar

Sebastian Bognar

Career Interests

Water Conservation, Ecological Restoration, Water Management Consulting, & Geospatial Analytics

Employment Sought:


Master of Environmental Management, May 2019
Nicholas School of the Environment
Duke University, Durham, NC
Concentration: Water Resource Management
Bachelor of Science, June 2015
University of California, Santa Barbara
Major(s): Aquatic Biology
Coursework: Coursework: Stream Ecology, Ecological Restoration, Limnology, and Chemical & Physical Field Skills in Stream Sampling
UGPA: 3.73

Professional Experience

Water Quality Researcher, Duke University: Nicholas School of the Environment Durham, North Carolina
Participated in a study to help determine if periphyton can be used as an indicator of elevated nutrients. Measured physical stream characteristics and water quality with the use of a YSI Professional Plus. The study has the potential to be adopted by the state of North Carolina for their nutrient criteria. Fall 2017-present
Melack Lab Assistant, University of California, Santa Barbara Santa Barbara, CA 
Examined the effects through data analysis that land use had on freshwater streams present in a Mediterranean climate. Analyzed hundreds of stream samples to help quantify nutrient and streamflow data during the storm season. Maintained rain gauges and remote water samplers to ensure precision and accuracy for future storm seasons. Fall 2013-Summer 2015
Marine Lab Intern, University of California, Santa Barbara Santa Barbara, CA
Researched the effect that population replenishment had on the diversity of planktonic larvae off the California Coast. Cataloged saltwater invertebrates with a dissecting microscope to determine the seasonal differences in planktonic diversity. Oversaw invertebrate collection for four interns to reinforce the importance of proper species identification. Summer 2012-Winter 2013

Additional Information

Skills: Proficient in ArcGIS 10.x, R Statistical Analysis, and Microsoft Suites
Proficient in measuring the physical attributes of streams (flow, width, depth) and water quality parameters with the use of a YSI model 85 and Professional Plus



Graduation Date

May 2019

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Federal Government
Non-profit / NGO
State / Local Government