Amber Halstead

Amber Halstead

Career Interests

Marine Spatial Planning; Community Based Environmental Management; Fisheries Management; Protected Species Management; Ocean Policy

Employment Sought:


Master of Environmental Management, May 2018
Nicholas School of the Environment
Duke University , Durham NC
Concentration in Coastal Environmental Management                                    Certificates in Geospatial Analysis and Community-Based Environmental Management
Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science, cum laude, May 2016
Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL
Minors in Geology and Spanish                                                
Spanish Immersion Study Abroad Program in Costa Rica                                    

Professional Experience

Field Research Assistant, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL
Determined the baseline sea turtle population for the North-East Gulf of Mexico through 126 hours of coastline patrols. Inserted flipper and PITT tags, took measurements, and biopsied 70 sea turtles. Summer 2016
Legislative Intern, Surfrider Foundation, Tallahassee, FL
Crafted campaign plan for the extension of drilling moratorium in Eastern Gulf of Mexico. Secured 12 resolutions of support for drilling moratorium from local governments. Drafted sign on letter for regulation of smoking bill. Lobbied in the Florida House and Senate for three environmental bills. Spring 2016
Undergraduate Researcher, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL
Analyzed sand samples from before and after beach remediation products at Phipps Ocean Park to determine if the change in the thermal quality of sand would have an impact on the sex ratio of the clutches of loggerhead turtles nesting on Florida’s beaches. Modeled microclimates for the four samples to determine the sand temperature at each location and at given depths. Spring 2016
Bear Management Intern, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Tallahassee, FL
Developed Florida visitor guides on Bear Wise practices. Conducted surveys with members of the public regarding their bear interactions and logged this data in Excel. Led 12 community outreach events to educate approximately 1000 people on Florida black bears. Amended maps of the six different bear management units using ArcGIS.  Fall 2015
Educational Intern, Agrinauts, Tallahassee, FL
Developed STEM curriculum and lesson plans for the Ghazvini Learning Center, an accelerated learning school, to give children who spend their days on a computer a chance to learn in their campus garden. Taught twelve middle and high school classes centered around science, agriculture, and nutrition. Wrote grant proposals to acquire funding for the garden. Summer 2015

Additional Information

Computing Skills: ArcGIS Software, R Statistical Software, Microsoft SharePoint, Salesforce Database, Niche Mapper
Certifications: CPR, SCUBA

Student Groups: Duke Fish, Ocean Policy Working Group

Volunteer Work
Fall 2016- Spring 2017 Volunteer with Walking Fish 
Spring 2017 Volunteer with The Nature Conservancy
Summer 2016 Volunteer with Coastal Wildlife Club




coastal zone management
community-based management
fisheries science and policy
sustainable seafood

Graduation Date

May 2018

Additional Resources

Preferred Location


Preferred Sector

Entrepreneur / Start-up
Federal Government
Law / Legal
Non-profit / NGO
State / Local Government