Lucas B. Eastman
Lucas B. Eastman
Duke University (May 2017) Durham, NC
Degree: Master of Environmental Management, concentration in Water Resources Management.
Awards: Nicholas School Merit Scholarship, 2015-2017; Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellow 2016-2017 from U.S. Dept. of Education.
Leadership Roles: Networking Liaison, Duke Water Network; Board Member, Working Group for the Environment in Latin America.
Master’s Project: “Climate Vulnerability of Water Utilities in Latin America,” in conjunction with Pedro Gochicoa, to be presented April 2017.
Middlebury College, cum laude (May 2011) Middlebury, VT
Degree: Bachelor of Arts. Major: Psychology. Minor: Environmental Studies.
Academic Prizes: Sustainable Study Abroad Grant for research in Chile.
Natural Resources Defense Council | Chicago, IL, USA
Water and Climate Intern (May – August 2016)
Analyzed a new database from the Federal Emergency Management Agency that revealed repeatedly flooded properties received $5.5 billion to rebuild in flood-prone areas of the country through the National Flood Insurance Program.
Wrote a high-impact report on NRDC's website that produced media attention by NPR's Marketplace and the New York Times, and made the case for flood insurance reform.
World Bank Project at Duke University | Durham, NC, USA
Short Term Consultant (January – June 2016)
Collaborated with Prof. Marc Jeuland on a literature review of the economic benefits produced by water information systems.
Performed a literature search, categorized the content of articles, and co-wrote sections of final synthesis of the literature for the World Bank’s Global Water group.
Continue to collaborate with co-authors with the goal of publishing this study in a peer-reviewed journal in 2017.
Minera Tres Valles | Salamanca, Chile
English Teacher (2015)
Taught 9 company executives conversational English to prepare for meetings with foreign investors and improve understanding of foreign mining technologies and methods.
Translated English language content for the company’s website.
Municipality of Salamanca | Salamanca, Chile
Professional in the Environmental Management Office (2013 – 2014)
Coordinated drought mitigation measures through the County Water Council, executed community litter cleanups with the municipality’s sanitation department and neighborhood council volunteers, advised the mayor on a new holistic environmental ordinance for the county, wrote a successful $55,000 grant proposal for the French government for a drought/water management project, created a map and report of Soils with Potential Presence of Contaminants.
Editorial Assistant (2011 – 2013)
Edited, wrote, organized, and coordinated a series of books entitled The Natural History of the Crustacea with Dr. Martin Thiel, Professor of Marine Biology. The series is a definitive scientific body of knowledge on crustaceans, encompassing all aspects of crustacean biology and ecology. Co-authored three chapters.
Participated in environmental education in the “Litter Scientists” (Científicos de la Basura) program. Published two peer-reviewed papers on the problem of beach litter in Chile.