Kendall DeLyser

Kendall DeLyser

Career Interests

global forest conservation, sustainable land use, sustainable forestry/agriculture, forest carbon

Employment Sought:


Master of Forestry, SAF Accredited, Dec 2018
Master of Environmental Management, Dec 2018
Nicholas School of the Environment
Duke University, Durham, NC
Concentration: Ecosystem Science and Conservation, Forest Resource Management
Certificate of Geospatial Analysis, Dec 2018
Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, May 2011
Colorado College, Colorado Springs, CO
Major: Environmental Policy; Minor: Spanish

Professional Experience

Team Master’s Project Member, The Nature Conservancy (North Carolina chapter) and Nicholas School of the Environment, Durham, NC
Investigated opportunities for TNC to leverage carbon markets for conservation finance in North Carolina. Used GIS to identify viable carbon project areas; used LIDAR and forest inventory data to estimate carbon budget for potential projects. Presented carbon offset project recommendations to TNC staff.  2017-2018
Bass Connections Project Team Member, Duke University, Durham, NC
Researched carbon sequestration potential of land management practices for US forests and agriculture, created policy recommendations for achieving national carbon emission reduction targets based on 2016 White House strategy document.  Co-authored report describing analyses and recommendations, presented to stakeholders in Washington, D.C.  2017-2018
Working Forest Fund Analyst Intern, The Conservation Fund, Chapel Hill, NC
Researched and quantified impact metrics of working forest conservation on environmental, economic, and social criteria. Used GIS and Excel to analyze data and map impacts. 2017
Tropical Forest Ecology and Conservation Research Assistant, Nicholas School of the Environment, Durham, NC
Updated and analyzed research databases for CIFOR Bushmeat Research Initiative. Co-authored report summarizing results and trends. 2016-2017
Independent Research Volunteer, Cloudbridge Nature Reserve, San Gerardo de Rivas, Costa Rica
Proposed and executed field research to demonstrate effectiveness of Reserve’s reforestation practices on abandoned farmland; proved reforestation work accelerated forest regeneration. Presented results and written report to Reserve Manager; provided scientific basis for future management and resource allocation decisions. 2015
Ranger, Visitor Information, Fiordland National Park Visitor Centre, Department of Conservation, Te Anau, New Zealand
Promoted values of conservation and environmental stewardship to national park visitors, assumed responsibility for hunting permit system. 2012-2013

Additional Information

Duke Chapter of Society of American Foresters Co-Chair, 2017; organized annual forestry symposium on forests and urban development, attended 2 SAF National Conventions, recruited peers to attend

Participant in 2-week intensive sustainable agriculture field course in Cuba, Organization for Tropical Studies, May 2017

Quantitative data analysis software (R), advanced geospatial analytics, ArcGIS software

Near fluency in Spanish (speaking, reading, and writing)


excel modeling
forest carbon modeling
forest management

Graduation Date

Dec 2018

Additional Resources



Preferred Location


Preferred Sector

Non-profit / NGO