Elizabeth Mason

Elizabeth Mason

Career Interests

applied research, marine mammals, behavioral ecology, spatial planning, migration

Employment Sought:
Permanent Position


Master of Environmental Management, May 2017
Nicholas School of the Environment
Duke University, Durham, NC
Coastal Environmental Management
Geospatial Analysis Certificate
Bachelor of Science, May 2015
University of North Carolina at Wilmington, Wilmington, NC
Marine Biology
Conservation Concentration
Departmental Honors Project: Characterizing variation in genetic diversity in naturally and artificially seeded Eastern oyster reefs     


Professional Experience

Biologist, Outer Banks Center for Dolphin Research, Banks, NC
Participated in long term photo identification study investigating population size, movement pattern, health, and behaviors of bottlenose dolphins to better understand the ecology of the resident population. Informed customers about dolphin ecology and conservation efforts on Nags Head Dolphin Tours. May 2016-August 2016
Research Assistant, University of North Carolina at Wilmington
Extracted oyster DNA from samples and ran PCR gels to gather a better understanding of the genetic variability. Evaluated DNA samples to compare difference in size and genetic diversity between naturally settled reefs and artificially settled reefs. August 2014-May 2015


Additional Information

Poster Presentation, Benthic Ecology Meeting
Characterizing variation in genetic diversity in naturally and artificially seeded Eastern oyster reefs. March 2015
Coordinator, Eugene Ashley High School and UNCW MarineQuest
Organized an outreach event discussing drone technology uses in marine science and conservation. Demonstrated research techniques for photogrammetry and organized participation so that students could practice techniques themselves. November 2016
Volunteer, Girls Exploring Science and Technology
Taught 50-100 middle school girls about science, while performing hands on experiments and talked about careers in science and offered advice for future scientific opportunities. April 2016

Beaufort Event Coordinator, Duke Chapter of The Coastal Society (TCS), Beaufort, NC
Planned events for TCS, including beach clean ups, coastal career days, and networking events for students from different universities in the Beaufort, NC area to educate the community about coastal issues and provide opportunities for students to give back to the community. March 2016-Present


coastal zone management
grant writing
marine protected areas management

Graduation Date

May 2017

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Academic Institution
Non-profit / NGO
State / Local Government