Paula Chavez Carreño

Paula Chavez Carreño

Career Interests

Marine conservation and management, marine mammals research and conservation, marine protected areas

Employment Sought:
Internships

Education

MASTER OF ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT, May 2018
Nicholas School of the Environment
Duke University, Durham, NC
Coastal Environmental Management Concentration and Geospatial Analysis Certificate
Coursework: Ocean and Coastal Law and Policy, Resource and Environmental Economics, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Fisheries Dimensions
Leadership: Nicholas School Black and Latino Club, Executive Member-Event Planner
 
BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN BIOLOGY, October 2015 
Universidad de Los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia.

Professional Experience

Ocean Governance Research Assistant, Nicholas School of the Environment, Durham, NC
Researching primary literature to better understand the extent of philanthropic investment in ocean governance. Participated in small scale fishery research project at the Easter Islands, providing bilingual skills for interview translation. September 2016 - Present
 
Staff Conservation Biologist, CDMB, Bucaramanga, Colombia
Organized and coordinated the Payment for Ecosystem Services program by developing a regional database, writing up internal legal documents and working directly with the rural communities. April- August 2016
 
Marine Mammal Observer Intern, University of Porto and CIIMAR, Portugal
Collected and contributed to analysis of geospatial, ecological and behavioral data of marine mammals on board of cargo ships navigating in Portugal’s Economic Exclusive Zone. July-September 2015
 
Marine Mammal Intern, Pacific Whale Foundation, Puerto Lopez, Ecuador Conducted humpback whale photo-identification, acoustic and behavior data collection in partnership with whale-watching vessels. July 2014
 
Laboratory Assistant, Biological Sciences, Universidad de Los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia
Assisted professors during Aquatic Mammals and Biology of Organisms practical sessions by addressing student questions and helping with data analysis. January-May 2013, July-November 2014, January-May 2015.

Additional Information

PRESENTATIONS
Taxonomic identity and genetic diversity of the Common Dolphin (Delphinus sp.) in La Guajira, Colombia 
Research project contributing to larger research program aiming to improve scientific knowledge related to cetaceans in the Colombian Caribbean.
21st Biennial Conference on Marine Mammals, San Francisco, California December 13-18, 2015
Latin-American Aquatic Mammals Symposium. II Colombian Congress and III Colombian Congress of Mastozoology. Bogotá, Colombia. December 1-5, 2015
 
Software: Microsoft Office Suite, Proficiency in R
Languages: Spanish (native speaker)
Certifications: PADI Rescue Diver, Emergency Responder CPR/AED/First Aid

Skills

ecology
GIS
marine protected areas management
project management

Graduation Date

May 2018

Additional Resources

Languages

Portuguese
Spanish

Preferred Location

International
Mid-Atlantic
West

Preferred Sector

Academic Institution
Non-profit / NGO
Research Institute / Think Tank