Ashley Gordon

Ashley Gordon

Career Interests

Marine Spatial Planning, Geospatial Analysis, Community-Based Participatory Planning, Coastal Climate Resilience 

Employment Sought:
Permanent Position


Master of Environmental Management, May 2017
Nicholas School of the Environment
Duke University, Durham, NC
Coastal Concentration
Certificates: Geospatial Analysis and Community-Based Environmental Management 
Highlighted Coursework: Fundamentals of GIS, Marine GIS, GIS Field Skills, Marine Spatial Planning, Coastal Environmental Change Processes, Marine Policy, Marine Climate Change, Social Science Surveys, Conflict Resolution
Bachelor of Science, magna cum laude, May 2015 
Miami University, Oxford, OH
Honors: University Honors with Distinction, Harrison Scholarship recipient for full tuition
Major: Zoology;   Co-major: Environmental Science;   Minor: Statistical Methods
GPA: 3.91/4.00 

Professional Experience

Ocean Reporting Tool Collaborator, Duke University Marine Lab, Beaufort, NC
Assisting the NOAA NCCOS Office for Coastal Management and BOEM on development of      online Ocean Reporting Tool. Synthesizing modeled marine mammal and seabird data for tool integration and collecting stakeholder feedback for Master’s Project. Requires skills in GIS, Python coding, and qualitative analysis. Aug 2016 – Apr 2017
Stanback Climate Resilience Analyst, NC Coastal Land Trust, Wilmington, NC
Compared the climate resilience of two sites along the Waccamaw River, NC, using The Nature Conservancy’s modeled spatial data. Results are being used to support NC Coastal Land Trust grant writing. Required skills in GIS, field data collection, and communication. May - Aug 2016
Duke Forest Participatory Planning Coordinator, Duke University, Durham, NC
Organized a focus group discussion with community recreationalists and teachers to gather input for Duke Forest’s strategic planning process. Completed for certificate in Community-Based Env. Management. Required skills in event planning, qualitative analysis, and GIS for participatory mapping activity. Jan - May 2016
Beach Erosion Social Surveys Project Collaborator, Duke University, Durham NC
Created an online survey with project team of Duke Students to understand community perception of a proposed terminal groin project in Holden Beach, NC. Completed report for Southern Environmental Law Center. Required skills in qualitative and statistical analysis. Jan – May 2016
Student Biogeochemical Lab Assistant, Bernhardt Research Lab, Duke University, Durham, NC
Organized vegetation data and analyzed soil samples to research biogeochemical impacts of saltwater intrusion on NC Outer Coastal Plain. Required skills in data management, Microsoft Access, and lab methods. Aug 2015 - May 2016
NOAA Ernest F. Hollings Undergraduate Scholar, James J. Howard Marine Sciences Lab, Sandy Hook, NJ 
Collaborated with research team investigating singular and interactive effects of dioxin-like compounds and temperature on larval sturgeon. Required skills in lab methods, statistical analysis, and science communication. Received award for Outstanding Oral Presentation in NOAA’s Healthy Oceans Goal, 2014 Hollings Symposium, Silver Spring, MD. May - July 2014
Howard Hughes Undergraduate Research Scholar, Miami University, Oxford, OH
Completed independent research project on effects of pond drying and predation on cricket frog tadpole development. Presented results at the 2014 Midwest Ecology and Evolution conference. May - Aug 2013

Additional Information

Technical Skills: ArcGIS for Desktop, ArcGIS Online, Python, R, SAS, MS Office Suite, Social Science Surveys Analysis
Link to online geospatial portfolio:
Professional Memberships: The Coastal Society, Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation 
Publication: A.M. Gordon, M.B. Youngquist, and M.D. Boone. (2016). The Effects of Pond Drying and Predation on Blanchard’s Cricket Frogs (Acris blanchardi). Copeia: Vol. 104, No.2, pp. 482-486.  
Leadership Experience
Participant, Our Ocean, One Future Leadership Summit, Georgetown University, Washington, D.C. Selected to attend leadership summit held in collaboration with the Our Oceans Conference. Engaged with students and professionals in ocean issue discussions. (Sept 2016)
Beaufort Events Co-coordinator, The Coastal Society Student Chapter, Duke University, Beaufort, NC
Planned beach clean-up event at Radio Island, NC, with Duke University students, faculty, and members of the community. Collected over 300 pounds of trash and recyclables. May 2016 - present
Lunch Seminar Coordinator, Ocean Policy Working Group, Duke University, Durham, NC
Organized lunch seminars on ocean issues for Duke University graduate students with faculty and environmental professionals as guest speakers. Sept 2015 - May 2016
Silent Auction Co-coordinator, Environmental Internship Fund, Duke University, Durham, NC
Contacted local businesses and collected donation items for the student-organized Wild and Scenic Film Festival event for Duke affiliates and the broader Durham community. Sept 2015 - Jan 2016
Chapter President, Phi Sigma Pi National Honor Fraternity, Miami University, Oxford, OH
Served as a national representative for the Chapter, organized weekly Chapter meetings, and planned risk management programs. Aug 2014 - May 2015
Volunteer Coordinator, Feed My Starving Children, Miami University, Oxford, OH
Communicated with volunteers and coordinated logistics of annual MobilePack event where 500 volunteers package meals that are distributed globally to children in need. Aug. 2013 - May 2014


climate change
community-based management
program management
stakeholder engagement

Graduation Date

May 2017

Additional Resources

Preferred Location


Preferred Sector

Federal Government
Non-profit / NGO
State / Local Government