Christine N. Gerbode

Christine N. Gerbode

Career Interests

Environmental Economics, Policy Evaluation and Impact Analysis, Environmental Health, Sustainability Analysis, Science Communication
Employment Sought:
Internships

Education

Master of Environmental Management, May 2019
Nicholas School of the Environment
Duke University , Durham, NC
Two-year professional degree focused on environmental economics, policy and analytical tools
 
Semester Program, Amazon Resource Management and Human Ecology, Fall 2011
School for International Training (SIT), Belém, Brazil
Studied the environmental, socioeconomic, and legal context of natural resource extraction operations in rural and urban areas of the western Brazilian Amazon (primarily Pará state)
Conducted independent research project related to mining law and impacts, including extensive field interviews in Portuguese with rural community members and state lawyers (see Publications)
 
Bachelor of Science, 2007-2011
Rice University, Houston, TX
Major in Earth Science, Geochemistry Concentration
Received department’s Outstanding Undergraduate Award (2010)
Conducted and presented peer-reviewed experimental petrology research (see Publications)
Completed an NSF-sponsored REU program at University of Minnesota (2010) Fulfilled summer field experience requirement with modules in Hydrogeology (University of Minnesota) and Coastal Geology (University of Southern Florida) (Summer 2011)

Professional Experience

Head Editor and Writer, Swamplot.com, Houston, TX
Researched and wrote daily news articles on Houston’s development and built environment. Conducted original reporting and curated interesting content from other publications on topics including commercial developments, urban infrastructure and planning, environmental issues and hazards, architecture and design, local regulations, demographics, socioeconomics, culture, and history. November 2015 - August 2017
 
Environmental Consultant and GIS Specialist, Crouch Environmental Services, Inc., Houston, TX
Carried out and led fieldwork, technical reporting, and GIS-driven mapping for public and private environmental studies on a variety of subjects and scales around the Gulf Coast and East Texas. Conducted wetland delineations, biological surveys, soil and sediment sampling, and various other types of environmental permitting studies as needed. Streamlined company GIS data processing and technical graphics development. Edited and aided in development of stakeholder involvement and communication materials. Trained junior employees in field methodologies, wetland ecology, environmental permitting regulations, GIS processing, and technical reporting practices. April 2012 - July 2015
 
Independent Study Project, SIT, Belém, Brazil
Conducted field research in a rural Amazonian community for semester project exploring letter vs. practice of Brazilian mining law and community land rights. Case study focused on government, corporate, and community stakeholder dynamics within a Movimento dos Trabalhadores Sem Terra settlement in the mineral-rich Carajás region. Interviewed numerous rural community members, Pará state lawyers, and other subjects in Portuguese. Fall 2011
 
Undergraduate Researcher, High-Pressure High-Temperature Geochemistry Laboratory, Rice University, Houston, TX
Carried out published study in laboratory-based experimental petrology, modeling melting behavior of subducted oceanic crust lithology. Presented work as a poster at the American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting in San Francisco, CA (December 2009). One of only two undergraduates invited to give a Rice Earth Science graduate student seminar lecture (April 2010). May 2009 - May 2010

Additional Information

Software and programming:
· ESRI ArcGIS (map creation and spatial data collection/analysis)
· STATA and R (statistical analysis languages/environments) · Adobe Creative Suite 6 and previous (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign)
· Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, etc.)
· Experience with HTML and object-oriented programming in Java
 
Awards and Honors:
· Outstanding Undergraduate Award, Rice University Dept. of Earth Science, 2010
· Moran Award for Outstanding Service to HMNS, Houston Museum of Natural Science, 2008
· Venture Scouting Leadership Award, Sam Houston Area Council, Boy Scouts of America, 2008
· International Baccalaureate Diploma Recipient, 2007
· National Merit Scholar, 2007
 
Presentations/Publications:
· Invited Panelist, Leadership Houston Class XXXV (2016). Houston development-focused panel discussion; was invited to speak alongside current and former editorial board members of the Houston Chronicle, Culturemap, and Houstorian.
· Gerbode, C. & Dasgupta, R. (2010). "Carbonate-fluxed melting of MORB-like pyroxenite at 2.9 GPa and genesis of HIMU ocean island basalts." Published in Journal of Petrology v. 51, p. 2067-2088. Publication available at http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/petrology/egq049. Presented December 2009 for Rice ESCI Department Graduate Seminar and at American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting (poster).
· Gerbode, C. (2011) "The Role of Information in Enabling Community Response to Mining Threats in Palmares II." School for International Training Independent Study Project (ISP) Collection. Paper 1212.
I am a scientist and a writer hoping to help bridge gaps between environmental research, regulatory policy, and public understanding on local and global scales.

Skills

environmental economics
environmental health
GIS
stakeholder engagement

Graduation Date

May 2019

Additional Resources

Languages

English
German
Mandarin
Spanish

Preferred Location

International
Mid-Atlantic
Northeast
Southeast
West

Preferred Sector

Consulting
Federal Government
Law / Legal
Non-profit / NGO
Research Institute / Think Tank
State / Local Government