Paula Chavez Carreño

Paula Chavez Carreño

Career Interests

Marine megafauna conservation, International Policy, Marine Protected Areas, Community-Based Management, LatinAmerica and the Caribbean

Employment Sought:
Permanent Position

Education

MASTER OF ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT, May 2018
Nicholas School of the Environment
Duke University, Durham, NC
Concentration:Coastal Environmental Management.
Certificate: Geospatial Analysis.
Coursework:  Ocean and Coastal Law and Policy, Advanced Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Fisheries Dimensions, Community-Based Environmental Management, Marine Policy, Marine Climate Change 
Leadership: Nicholas School Black and Latino Club, Event Planner. Working Group for the Environment in Latin America, Beaufort Representative.
 
BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN BIOLOGY, October 2015
Universidad de Los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia.

Professional Experience

Oceans Intern, Natural Resources Defense Council NRDC, San Francisco, CA
Conducted research on shark trade and conservation in the United States and Latin America by reviewing literature, trade databases and interviewing in-country experts. Developed a report with baseline information and recommendations to develop a new program strategy for shark conservation. May - August 2017

Ocean Governance Research Assistant, Nicholas School of the Environment, Durham, NC  
Researched 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 – May 2017                        

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
Humpback whale photo-identification, acoustic and behavior data collection in partnership with whale-watching vessels. July 2014
 

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 

Student groups:
Nicholas School Black and Latino Club, Event Planner. 
Working Group for the Environment in Latin America, Beaufort Representative.

Software: Microsoft Office Suite, Proficiency in R, ArcGIS
Languages: Spanish (native speaker) 
Certifications: PADI Rescue Diver, Emergency Responder CPR/AED/First Aid
 

Skills

community-based management
fisheries science and policy
GIS
marine protected areas management
sustainable seafood

Graduation Date

May 2018

Additional Resources

Languages

Portuguese
Spanish

Preferred Location

International
Mid-Atlantic
Northeast
West

Preferred Sector

Consulting
Non-profit / NGO