Chrissy Hayes

Chrissy Hayes

Career Interests

fisheries management; capacity building; project management; coastal resource management; community-based environmental management
Employment Sought:
Permanent Position


Master of Environmental Management, 2018
Nicholas School of the Environment
Duke University, Durham, NC
Bachelor of Arts, 2014
Bowdoin College, Brunswick, ME
Major: Biology
Minor: Asian Studies
Awards: Sarah and James Bowdoin Scholar (Dean’s List)

Professional Experience

Graduate Student Researcher, NOAA-NMFS
Collected and synthesized socio-economic data in support of developing human dimensions indicators as part of the Integrated Ecosystem Assessment Report for the Southeast Fisheries Science Center. Coordinated with staff from NOAA, NMFS and fishery councils on developing socioeconomic indicators and compiling diverse datasets to inform ecosystem-based management efforts in the South Atlantic Region. 2017- Present
Ocean Policy Intern, Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions Durham, NC
Worked with experts from the Nicholas Institute, the University of the South Pacific and the University of Wollongong analyzing efforts to improve capacity in fisheries management agencies in the Pacific Islands. Researched and compiled a review of scientific literature on fisheries management in the Pacific Region for non-profit clients that are in the process of developing global small-scale fisheries strategies. Developed and analyzed mechanisms of evaluating effectiveness of large-scale projects in support of small-scale fisheries. 2016 - Present
Oceans Intern, Environmental Defense Fund Austin, TX
Contributed to EDF’s Pacific engagement strategies by compiling donor reports, assisted with grant writing and interpreted key regional fisheries management policies in Pacific Island countries. Formulated a strategic work plan and partnership coordination between EDF and multiple academic institutions, created a landscape assessment and gap analysis of project engagement in fisheries management and capacity building efforts in the Pacific. 2017
Research Associate, Restoring Island Stream Ecosystems, Tulane University Honolulu, HI
Collaborated on a multi-university project researching aquatic invasive species and native fish populations across watersheds on the island of Oahu for the ultimate goal of invasive species removal and stream ecosystem restoration. Conducted snorkel quadrant surveys of stream reaches, collected water nutrient samples, and tagged native stream fish to study native and invasive fish populations in a range of habitat gradients for conservation purposes. Communicated with stakeholders, including land owners, several local education non-profit organizations, and Department of Land and Natural Resources officials on project activities. 2015 -2016  
In-country Program Assistant, Intercollegiate Sri Lanka Education Program University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka
Mentored US college students through academic life at a Sri Lankan university and advised students on independent research. Coordinated between professors and staff in multiple academic disciplines on day-to-day schedules and programs. 2015
Rusack Coastal Studies Fellow, Bowdoin College Biology Department, Brunswick, ME
Collaborated with a post-doctoral researcher to study the impact of artificial light pollution on benthic fouling communities in a Gulf of Maine ecosystem by designing and constructing solar-powered light buoys in Harpswell Sound. 2013 - 2014
Fellow, NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates, Uludağ Üniversitesi Bursa, Turkey
Publication/Presentation: “Effect of octopamine manipulation on honeybee decision making: Reward and cost differences associated with foraging.” Giray, T., Abramson, C., Chicas-Mosier, A., Brewster, T., Hayes, C., et al. (2012).  Animal Behavior 100:144-150.  Poster presented at the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology meeting in San Francisco, CA 2012. 2012 

Additional Information

President of American Fisheries Society Duke University Chapter Beaufort, North Carolina
- Served as president of the Duke University chapter of the American Fisheries Society (2015 - 2016)

Water Resource Volunteer Educator at Hui Kawainui Kailua Ka Wai Ola Kaneohe, Hawaii
- Contributed to community group with government officials, school teachers, and Hawaiian cultural leaders (2015 - 2016)


coastal zone management
fisheries science and policy
international development policy
project management

Graduation Date

May 2018

Additional Resources

Preferred Location


Preferred Sector

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