Roosevelt Mesa Gutierrez

Roosevelt Mesa Gutierrez

Career Interests

conservation; spatial planning; MPA; marine mammals; ecology

Employment Sought:
Internships

Education

MASTER OF ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT, May 2018
GEOSPATIAL ANALYSIS CERTIFICATE, May 2018
Nicholas School of the Environment
Duke University, Durham, NC
Concentration: Coastal Environmental Management.
Coursework: Ocean and Coastal Law and Policy; Geographic Information Systems (GIS); Environmental and Resource Economics; Fisheries’ dynamics
Leadership: Black and Latino Club General Secretary.
 
BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN BIOLOGY, October 2015
Universidad de los Andes, Bogota, Colombia
Thesis: Population structure of the Atlantic spotted dolphin (Stenella frontalis) in the Caribbean.

Professional Experience

Ocean and Coastal Law and Policy Research Paper, Nicholas School of the Environment
 Invasive Species: The Indo-Pacific lionfish in the Western Atlantic Ocean; its management scenario and recommendations for a more effective action plan.
Literature review on the population distribution and effects of the invasive lionfish species along the U.S. East Coast. This revision resulted in proposals of new strategies aimed to the mitigation of the negative effects of the invasion. Fall 2016.
 
Marine Mammal Observation and Habitat Modelling Intern, CIIMAR - University of Porto, Portugal.
Collected demographic, behavioral and geographic data of marine mammals observed while on board of cargo ships navigating the Portuguese EEZ. Data was later added to databases used for geospatial analysis. July – September 2015.
 
Marine Mammal Observer Intern, Pacific Whale Foundation, Puerto Lopez, Ecuador.
Gathering of observational and acoustic data, along with the photo identification of humpback whales using local whale watching vessels as research platforms. Analysis and edition of photographic databases. July 2014.
 
Associated Researcher, Occurrence, distribution and preliminary genetic status of cetaceans in La Guajira region, Colombian Caribbean.
Project developed with the purpose of establishing a research baseline aimed to the demographic and genetic study of the marine mammals that inhabit the northern coast of Colombia. Scientific research complemented by educative sessions to create awareness among artisanal fishermen in local communities regarding the ecological importance of these organisms.  2014 – present.
 
Laboratory Teaching Assistant, Department of Biological Sciences, Universidad de los Andes.
Assisted students in the development of knowledge on biology and ecology, data analysis, use of software and doubt solving. Classes: Biology of Aquatic Mammals; Biology of Organisms. May – July 2014 & 2015.

Additional Information

Software: Microsoft Office Suite; R.

Training: PADI Advance Diver; Emergency First Responder; Marine Mammals Strandings.

Skills

coastal zone management
ecology
GIS
marine protected areas management
survey design

Graduation Date

May 2018

Additional Resources

Languages

Portuguese
Spanish

Preferred Location

International
Mid-Atlantic
West

Preferred Sector

Non-profit / NGO
Research Institute / Think Tank