Kayla Hartigan

Kayla Hartigan

Career Interests

Soundscape Ecology, Long-term Ecosystem Monitoring, Health of Estuarine and Coastal Environments.

Employment Sought:
Permanent Position


Masters of Environmental Management, May 2017
Nicholas School of the Environment
Duke University, Durham, NC
Concentration: Coastal Environmental Management Concentration
Coursework: Marine mammal behaviors, physiologies and regulations; population modeling; oceanography; conflict resolution; political ecology; wildlife survey techniques.
Bachelor of Science in Marine Sciences, May 2014
SUNY Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY
Honors: Dean’s List (3 semesters)

Professional Experience

Researcher, Douglas Nowacek, Duke University Marine Lab, NC
Self-directed research position working on Master’s Project, “Using Soundscape Ecology Techniques to Determine Biodiversity and Environmental Health off the Coast of Cape Hatteras, NC.” Required extensive literature review and use of Raven, R, and MATLAB to analyze large acoustic datasets.  May – September 2016

Lab Technician, Dr. Joseph Warren, Stony Brook University, NY
Created experimental design to identify scallop produced noises in the lab and in the field. Worked on multiple projects applying wide-ranging skillset including temporal changes in snapping shrimp sound recordings and counting and identifying zooplankton. Required knowledge of R and Raven. June – December 2013

Sales Associate, Home Depot, Albany, NY 
Demonstrated strong ability to collaborate with fellow team members, pursue innovative solutions to address customer concerns, and aptitude for learning new skills in fast-paced retail environment. Awarded Homer Award for demonstrated excellence in customer service, nominated by colleagues. April – August 2015

Stewart’s Partner, Stewart’s Shops, Troy, NY 
Effectively organized and delegated tasks to provide quality food and ice cream. Demonstrated excellent record keeping and time management skills required to complete tasks in a timely manner. April – August 2015

Intern, Dr. Mike Frisk, Stony Brook, NY
Analyzed success of fish ladders in local dams by counting and identifying fish species captured in video recordings.  Assisted with equipment maintenance and PIT tag application. January - May 2014

Research Volunteer, Marine and Coastal Ecology Research Center, Puerto Rico
Assisted with visual and audio surveys aboard vessels and on land to monitor humpback whale activity while taking detailed field notes and using Ishmael. January 2014

Student Manager, Roth Quad Cafeteria, Stony Brook, NY  
Successfully provided exceptional customer service while moving between multiple food stations and meeting high customer demand. Promoted to management position in January 2013 from associate, requiring inventory analysis, personnel scheduling, and equipment monitoring. April 2011 – May 2014

Additional Information

Proficient in quantitative analysis software (R, Python and MATLAB), acoustic data analysis programs (Audacity, Raven), and geospatial analysis tools (ArcGIS).

Leadership, teamwork and customer service skills learned through work experience and as a Resident Assistant at Stony Brook University (January – May 2014).  

Conflict resolution knowledge and ability to see a problem from multiple lenses to find possible solutions.


citizen science
environmental health
marine acoustics
marine protected areas management

Graduation Date

May 2017

Additional Resources

Preferred Location


Preferred Sector

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