Leah M. Davis

Leah M. Davis

Career Interests

Marine Mammal Policy, Protected Species Management, Marine Protected Areas
Employment Sought:


Master of Environmental Management, May 2019
Nicholas School of the Environment
Duke University, Durham, NC
Concentration: Coastal Environmental Management
Bachelor of Science, 2013
University North Carolina at Wilmington, Wilmington, NC
Major(s): Environmental Science

Professional Experience

Environmental Policy Fellow, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program, Falls Church, VA
Collaborated with stakeholders to produce recommendations for creating and operating a Sport Fishing and Boating Partnership Council technology subcommittee. Wrote a report outlining the technology subcommittee recommendations and research on new boating infrastructure technologies to guide future operations within the USFWS boating grant programs. May-August 2017
Coastal Program- Biologist, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Chesapeake Bay Field Office,  Annapolis, MD.
Wrote a portion of the Planning Aid Report (PAR) for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Chesapeake Bay Comprehensive Plan. The PAR describes “U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biological resources and habitats vulnerable to storm activity in the Chesapeake Bay watershed.” Wrote and received funding for a $100,000 North American Wetlands Conservation Act small grant proposal on behalf of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Chesapeake Bay Field Office and project partners. Compiled research on cobblestone tiger beetles for a Species Status Assessment in support of an upcoming listing decision under the Endangered Species Act of 1973. Coordinated with partner organizations to organize a conservation job fair in support of the Equity working group of the Greater Baltimore Wilderness Coalition to increase local employment in conservation fields. September 2017-May 2017
Acting Special Assistant, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Director’s Office, Washington, D.C.
Conducted background research, developed and coordinated the development of briefing materials for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director, Associate Director, Deputy Directors, and Secretary of the Interior. Coordinated between Regional Offices and the Secretary’s Office to advance sponsorship approvals and scheduling requests for the Secretary of the Interior and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director. July-August 2016
Chesapeake Conservation Corps Volunteer, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Chesapeake Bay Field Office, Annapolis, MD
Developed and implemented a Meaningful Watershed Education Experience for 75+ students in Baltimore, MD 
Acquired funding and managed design and implementation of a rain garden at an urban Baltimore school. Developed and maintained new and existing relationships with partner federal agencies, nonprofit organizations, and schools to foster watershed stewardship values. Assisted U.S. Geological Survey and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologists with avian influenza monitoring and endangered species monitoring. August 2015-August 2016
Outreach Programs and Internship Supervisor, Chincoteague Bay Field Station, Wallops Island, VA. June-August 2015
Naturalist, Camp SEA Lab, Seaside, CA. September 2014 - May 2015
Field Science Educator, NatureBridge at Golden Gate, Sausalito, CA. June - August 2014
Environmental Educator and Challenge Course Facilitator, Don Lee Center, Arapahoe, NC. February - May 2014
Marine Science Educator, Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, Prudence Island, RI. June - October 2013 


grant writing
marine protected areas management
project management
stakeholder engagement

Graduation Date

May 2019

Additional Resources

Preferred Location


Preferred Sector

Academic Institution
Federal Government
Non-profit / NGO
State / Local Government