Jaclyn McGarry

Jaclyn McGarry

Despite spending the majority of her childhood landlocked in the Midwest, Jaclyn has always loved the ocean and its creatures. She attended American University in Washington, DC, and graduated in 2013 with a double major in biology and film and media arts. After graduating, Jaclyn spent three years working as a digital specialist for Ocean Conservancy. While at Ocean Conservancy, she helped to create online advocacy campaigns for issues ranging from marine debris to restoration in the Gulf of Mexico. Currently, Jaclyn is a first year Master of Environmental Management candidate at Duke's Nicholas School of the environment. She is studying coastal environmental management and has a particular interest in the community-level conservation efforts, ocean acidification, science communication and environmental education.

Career Interests

Ocean Acidification, Living Shorelines, Place-Based Education, Arts and the Environment

Employment Sought:


Master of Environmental Management, May 2018
Duke University, Durham, NC
Coastal Environmental Management -Certificate in Community Based Environmental Management
Bachelor of Science, Biology and Film and Media Arts, May 2013
American University, Washington, DC 
Honors: Cum Laude, University Honors, Dean’s Scholarship

Professional Experience

Digital Specialist (July 2015—June 2016), Digital Outreach Coordinator (October 2013—July 2015), Digital Media Intern (July 2013—October 2013), Ocean Conservancy, Washington, DC
Engaged online constituents on pressing ocean issues, promoted advocacy opportunities and raised funds for programmatic activities by leveraging web, email and social media channels
Coordinated online advocacy campaigns for the Gulf Restoration and Fish Conservation programs; relayed information from programmatic meetings to digital team for collaboration on creative outreach
Wrote more than 25 blogs for Ocean Currents to educate stakeholders on breaking ocean news and emerging marine science; edited contributions to the blog to ensure quality and accuracy
Increased Facebook following from 170,000 to 750,000
Freelance Editor and Social Media Advisor for Randy Olson, “Connection” Storymaker Project, Washington, DC, July 2013—July 2015
Provided comments and editorial feedback on drafts of Olson’s books “Connection: Hollywood Storytelling Meets Critical Thinking” and “Houston: We Have a Narrative”
Processed travel reimbursement and consulting invoices
Edited blog posts for Olson’s blog, The Benshi for grammar and tone
Part-Time Publications Assistant, EurekAlert!, American Association for the Advancement of Science, Washington, DC (May 2013—October 2013)
Maintained EurekAlert! website with up-to-date news across all scientific disciplines
Updated the Neuropsychology and Bioinformatics news portals with relevant media statements
Vetted credentials of science journalists seeking access to embargoed press releases
Communications Intern, SeaWeb, Washington, DC (August 2012—December 2012)
Communications Intern, USDA Forest Service, Washington, DC (May 2012—August 2012)
Research and Data Analysis Intern, USDA Forest Products Laboratory, Madison, WI (May 2011—August 2011)

Additional Information

Strong writer with experience in a number of formats
Digital media and narrative storytelling for communicating complex science and policy messaging
Strong project management experience and interpersonal skills -Participatory planning and stakeholder engagement techniques including interview methods and survey design
Statistical analysis using R studio and Microsoft Excel
Proficient in HTML, Blackbaud Luminate, and Adobe Creative Suite including Photoshop, InDesign and Premiere

Combining my genuine love for the ocean, a strong foundation in marine science and policy, and an extensive background in creative advocacy and digital media, I'm a passionate ocean optimist who believes in the power of people to improve their environment.


citizen science
community-based management
program management
project management
stakeholder engagement

Graduation Date

May 2018

Preferred Location


Preferred Sector

Non-profit / NGO
Research Institute / Think Tank