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What is your previous work experience?
In summer 2014, I participated in an internship with the US Forest Service at the Bent Creek Experimental Forest, where I assisted with wildlife and silviculture field research projects. Last summer (2015), I completed a natural resource management internship with the North Carolina Coastal Reserve & National Estuarine Research Reserve, in which I assisted with the management of three coastal nature reserves in North Carolina. I was involved in various monitoring and stewardship activities and participated in water quality monitoring, invasive species control, and several other research endeavors.
Why did you choose the Nicholas School?
Ever since I was a little girl, I have always dreamed of attending Duke University. When I first became aware of the MEM-CEM program two years ago, I toured the Duke Marine Lab and was very impressed. I believe that this graduate program’s interdisciplinary approach will allow me to gain expertise about coastal processes and the technical background in coastal policy necessary for a career in coastal management. Lastly, I was truly honored to have been offered the Orrin Pilkey Fellowship, which will provide me with a substantial amount of financial assistance.
Do you have any areas of interest or special focus you will undertake during your time at the Nicholas School?
I would like to concentrate in the area of coastal resource management, specifically targeting issues concerning sea level rise, water pollution, eutrophication, marine debris, and other anthropogenic impacts on coastal and estuarine ecosystems. I am also considering the possibility of pursuing the Community-based Environmental Management Certificate Program.
What are you looking forward to as a new Nicholas School student?
I’m really looking forward to becoming a part of the Duke community, becoming involved in student groups and gaining more hands-on exposure in this field. I’m also very excited for the opportunity to study at both the Nicholas School in Durham and at the Duke Marine Lab in Beaufort.
What are you doing this summer before you arrive at the Nicholas School?
I am working part-time for the Museum of Life and Science as a guest relations associate, and am enjoying my time with my 3- year-old son before we both return to school in August. We love to explore the area, and often visit the Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Duke Forest, Eno River, Umstead State Park, Falls Lake, and other beautiful places in the triangle.
What are your plans for future work of employment?
Ultimately, I anticipate a career in natural resource management of coastal and estuarine ecosystems. After graduate school, I hope to find a position in this field.
Coastal water quality; wetland restoration; estuarine shoreline erosion and stabilization; coastal/marine debris management
Research: Demonstrated ability to work independently and apply established research methods to solve ongoing management issues. Aquatic and terrestrial habitats, use of Trimble unit, water sample collection/filtration, use of YSI Sonde, ICP chemical analysis, chemical laboratory research, Southeastern plant and vertebrate species identification
Communication/outreach: Scientific writing, translation of technical writing for general public, public engagement
Software: Microsoft Office Suite, ArcGIS, ArcPad, some R exposure