Devon Joan McGhee
Devon Joan McGhee
Coastal resilience, hazard mitigation, adaptation
Nicholas School of the Environment
Duke University, Durham, NC
Concentration: Coastal Environmental Management
Coastal Resilience Center of Excellence
BACHELOR OF ARTS IN BIOLOGY, magna cum laude, Jan 2014
Boston University, Boston, MA
Concentration: Ecology and Conservation
Worked with National Park Service to conduct standardized climate change and natural hazard vulnerability assessments for coastal parks. Assessed feasibility of publicly and privately funded coastal retreat. (Summer 2016)
“Analyzing Responses to Colorado’s Extreme Flood Events of 2013” Developed and coordinated distribution of mail survey to people affected by floods to analyze relationship between risk perception and recovery efforts.
“Developing Community Resilience in the Caribbean” Conducted literature review of community-level resilience-building projects to support research on their efficacy. (September 2015 – May 2016)
Guided students through interactive lab activities utilizing ArcGIS and remote sensing software to develop spatial environmental problem solving skills. (Fall 2016)
Summer Undergraduate Laboratory Intern (SULI), Brookhaven National Laboratory, Upton, NY
Determined home range of Eastern Box Turtle sample population using radio telemetry and GIS to understand effects of solar farm development. Summer 2014
Butterfly Garden Suit Intern, Museum of Science, Boston, MA
Educated museum patrons about over 30 butterfly and moth species. Managed all aspects of garden maintenance including chrysalis pinning, butterfly release and horticulture. Summer 2012
Laboratory Assistant, Fulweiler Marine Biogeochemistry Laboratory, Boston University, Boston, MA
Collaborated with graduate student to collect and analyze data. Employed gas chromatography to determine green house gas flux in salt marsh plants in Cape Cod. Summer 2012
Evaluated the potential for an expansion of the Coastal Barrier Resources System to include developed areas to address the issues of vulnerable coastal development and wasteful federal expenditure.
Drew upon studies of ecosystem resilience and system dynamics to argue that consideration of climate change as a component of broader disaster risk is insufficient.
Analyzed the effects of Hurricane Sandy in New York and the area’s increasing vulnerability to craft an argument in favor of incorporating natural storm protection infrastructure in recovery efforts.
Coordinated Blue Drinks, a networking event for students to engage with recent alumni and experts in the field. September 2015-present
Hosted educational symposium on Marine Debris. Contributed to edit and review of Upwelling, a bi-annual publication. September 2015-November 2016
Pro-bono consulting services provided to develop marketing strategy for local birth center and create methodology to assess outcomes for University of North Carolina Laboratory Schools. September 2016-present
Mentored two incoming students throughout their first year. September 2016-present