Sydney Fishman is a first-year Coastal Environmental Management student in the Master of Environmental Management program. Originally from Chicago, she spent four years on the west coast attending the University of Southern California, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies and minored in Geology as well as International Policy and Management. While deepening her knowledge of the natural and social sciences, Sydney became increasingly aware of the challenges posed by climate change and the lack of solutions at all levels of government. Fascinated with the coasts and oceans since childhood, she began narrowing her focus on the issues facing coastlines, which led her to the program here at Duke. Her main interests are sea level rise and its effects on human and natural coastal systems. She recently has been learning about the field of natural hazards risk management and its potential application to climate change adaptation, as well as the use of GIS in coastal planning and management. After graduation, she hopes to work on long-term planning for sea level rise in a federal or state government office.
Coastal Resilience, Climate Change Adaptation, Natural Hazards Risk Management, Sea Level Rise
Nicholas School of the Environment
Certificate of Natural Hazards Resilience, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC Concentration: Coastal Environmental Management
Coursework: Geospatial analysis for the coastal environment, American coastal law and environmental politics, Planning for natural hazards and climate change, Environmental economics
Major: Environmental Studies
Minors: Geohazards, International Policy and Management GPA 3.991 of 4.0
Coursework: Climate science, Geology, Public policy and management, International relations Honors: Order of the Laurel and the Palm (highest distinction awarded to graduating seniors), Renaissance Scholar Prize for graduate studies, Phi Beta Kappa (2015), Dean’s List every semester
Conducted legal research using Westlaw web interface. Identified and summarized over 70 international cases and 30 secondary sources relevant to ecosystem services and the legal system. Oct. 2016 - Present
Authored recommendations for sustainable stormwater runoff management in City parks. Communicated research on oil pipeline hazards in LA to office’s Chief of Staff. Drafted mailings to constituents concerning graffiti and neighborhood beautification issues. Summer 2015.
Executed self-designed plan for controlling invasive weeds in Solstice Canyon park. Collected geospatial data on invasive species control in the field using Trimble GPS units. Utilized ArcGIS to analyze and organize geospatial data collected in the field. Managed nursery for young plants for later use in ecological restoration projects. Summer 2014.
Software/Websites: ArcGIS, Microsoft Office Suite, Westlaw
Technology: Trimble GPS
Duke Interdisciplinary Social Innovators (DISI) — Graduate student teams providing pro bono consulting services for local nonprofit organizations
USC Order of the Laurel and the Palm (highest distinction awarded to graduating seniors)
USC Renaissance Scholar Prize for graduate studies
Phi Beta Kappa (2015)