Matthew Brantley

Matthew Brantley

Career Interests

Forest management, Timber production, Forestry consulting, Geospatial analytics, Restoration

Employment Sought:


Master of Environmental Management and Forestry, Dec. 2019
Nicholas School of the Environment
Duke University, Durham, NC
MEM/MF dual-degree program focusing in Ecosystem Science and Conservation
Coursework in ArcGIS Pro, silviculture, forest prescription, forest ecosystems, dendrology, forest measurements, statistical analysis using R, wetlands management
Bachelor of Science, May 2016
Davidson College, Davidson, NC
Major in Environmental Studies
Senior Capstone project based on organic pest control methods and sustainable agriculture

Professional Experience

Duke Forest Assistant, Duke Forest - Durham, NC 
Assist staff in loblolly pine stand estimates, growth predictions, and invasive species management for 7,000 acres. Monitor natural areas within Duke Forest and maintain parcel boundary lines. Analyze and collect wildlife data in the Forest for on-going wildlife management projects for whitetail deer and amphibians. Provide educational information, project updates, and photos to the public through social media communication. September 2017- Present
Research Fellow, Catawba Lands Conservancy/Carolina Thread Trail, Charlotte, NC 
Organized three symposiums with local officials, contractors, and landscape design firms to discuss trail implementation. Performed regular forest stewardship duties including site monitoring, trail maintenance, and invasive species control. Designed outreach and marketing materials for multi-year capital campaign. June 2016- June 2017
Intern and Volunteer, Supported Community Coordinator, Outreach Coordinator, Stewardship Director, and Trails Senior Director, Davidson College Farm - Davidson, NC 
Provided organic food options to campus dining services by planting, sowing, harvesting, and distributing fresh produce. Assisted in CSA pilot program launch of 10 families and weekly community markets. Used specialized machinery to maintain fields and physical structures on site. Spring 2015- Spring 2016
Mobile App Development Team Intern, Davidson College Sustainability Department - Davidson, NC 
Developed and launched an educational and interactive sustainable food app for Davidson, NC residents. Analyzed and researched a local food chain by conducting interviews and discourse with farm and restaurant clients. Summer 2015

Additional Information

• Proficient with ArcGIS 10.2, ArcGIS Pro, R, HOBOware, Wordpress, and Microsoft Office
• Effective in basic forest measurements including DBH, clinometer readings, merchantable tree height, and stand predictions
• Southeastern U.S. tree and woody plant identification, and U.S. wetland classifications
• Regular social media and email communications on all platforms (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter) Professional Affiliation Society of American Foresters


forest management
project management
water resources management

Graduation Date

December 2019

Additional Resources



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Preferred Sector

Business / Industry
Non-profit / NGO