Sarah DeLand

Sarah DeLand

Career Interests

Marine Spatial Planning, Marine Geospatial Analysis, Sea Turtle Conservation and Biology, Climate Change, Coastal Resources Management

Employment Sought:


Nicholas School of the Environment
Duke University, Durham, NC
Concentration: Coastal Environmental Management
Relevant Coursework: Geospatial Analysis for Coastal and Marine Management, Ocean and Coastal Law and Policy, Resource and Environmental Economics, Coastal Environmental Change and Processes, Landscape Analysis and Management, Environmental Conflict Resolution, Federal Fisheries Management

Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA
Emphasis: Marine Studies
Minor: Latin
Relevant Coursework: Biometrics, Marine Ecology, GIS, Biology (Evolutionary, Cellular, Organismal), Biology of Marine Mammals, Biochemistry, Organic Chemistry, Genetics, Oceanography, Physics, Teaching Practicum (Introductory Biology Laboratory), Independent Biology Research

Professional Experience

Duke Forest GIS and Data Management Assistant, Duke University Forest, Durham, NC
Produce GIS maps of forest management activities and deer reduction project. Wrote report on 2013 recreation survey research and questionnaire. Maintain and update Duke Forest geodatabases. Aug 2015 – Present

NOAA Hollings Intern, National Marine Fisheries Service Beaufort Lab, Beaufort, NC
Researched juvenile green sea turtle carapaces to determine morphometric parameters and analytical approaches to be used to identify sex specific differences. Presented results at the NOAA Science and Education Symposium in 2013 and the Annual Symposium on Sea Turtle Biology and Conservation in April 2014. Summer 2013

Research Experience for Undergraduates, Shannon Point Marine Center of Western Washington University, Anacortes, WA
Independently researched the epiphyte cover and its effect on eelgrass species Zostera marina eelgrass growth rate and quantified the feeding rates of grazers on epiphytes. Presented results at the Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography Aquatic Sciences Meeting in February 2013 and Western Washington University’s Scholar’s Week in 2013. Summer 2012

COSEE PRIME Intern, Shannon Point Marine Center of Western Washington University, Anacortes, WA
Studied the extent of hypoxia in Bellingham Bay over summer months through weekly transects with a CTD and performed lab analysis of chlorophyll and dissolved oxygen levels in water samples. Presented results at the Pacific Estuarine Research Society 2012 meeting and Scholar’s Week at Western Washington University in 2012. Summer 2011

Student Researcher, Everett Environmental Laboratory, Everett, WA
Independently researched mercury concentrations in sediments of Snohomish River and Possession Sound following standard EPA procedures. Apr 2011 – June 2011

Additional Information

Skills & Strengths:
Highly proficient with GIS; Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel; R Studio; MorphoJ; Sigma Plot; and MicroSuite Image Analysis. Outstanding oral and written communication skills to a variety of audiences. Ability to learn and adapt quickly to new or fast-paced environments and procedures. Successful leader, equally effective as member of a team. Highly organized, able to multi-task and accomplish multiple objectives.

Leadership Activities:
The Coastal Society Duke Chapter President (2016- present). Nicholas School Student Council Beaufort Representative (2015-present). International Sea Turtle Society member (2015-present). Student Association for Geospatial Analysis Beaufort Representative (2016-present). Environmental Internship Fund Alumni and Volunteer Coordinator (2015-present). WWU Biology 204 Lab Assistant Teacher (2014). WWU Scientific Journal Club member (2013-2014). WWU Association of Women in Science Club member (2012-2014). Seattle Aquarium Volunteer (2009-2011). National Ocean Science Bowl Team Captain (2009-2011).

Honors & Awards:
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Hollings Scholarship (2012-2014). WWU Francis and Alfred Baker Scholarship (2013-2014). St. John’s Lutheran Church Scholarship (2013-2014). WWU Office of Research and Special Programs Grant (2013). Youth Maritime Training Association Scholarship (2011-2012). Marine Technology Society Scholarship (2011-2012). National Ocean Science Bowl Scholarship (2011-2012). WWU President's Scholarship (2011-2013). Washington State Junior Ocean Diplomat (2010). Mark Hershmen Scholarship (2010).


climate change
coastal zone management
cost-benefit analysis
excel modeling
fisheries science and policy
grant writing
volunteer management

Graduation Date

May 2017