Roosevelt Mesa Gutierrez

Roosevelt Mesa Gutierrez

Career Interests

Coastal and Marine Conservation; Environmental Policy and Management;
Marine Mammals Biology and Ecology; Community Based Management; Environmental Awareness

Employment Sought:
Permanent Position

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: Marine Conservation; Ocean and Coastal Law and Policy; Geographic Information Systems (GIS); Environmental and Resource Economics; Fisheries’ dynamics
Leadership: Working Group for the Environment in Latin America (WGELA) Representative; Black and Latino Club Representative.
BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN BIOLOGY, Universidad de los Andes, Bogota, Colombia. October 2015.
Thesis: Population structure of the Atlantic spotted dolphin (Stenella frontalis) in the Caribbean.
 

Professional Experience

Human Wildlife Interactions at the Sea, Bass Connections Initiative, Duke University. 
As part of an interdisciplinary faculty-student team we address the negative relation between pilot whales and fisheries in the East Coast. Combining GIS analysis, ecological data and interviews with stakeholders, the initiative’s main goal is to understand and contribute to the improvement of both cetaceans’ and fisheries’ scenarios. May 2017 – Present.
 
Antarctic Affairs Intern. Colombian Ocean Commission. Bogota, Colombia. 
Developed databases and general diagnoses of studies related to bioaccumulation and biomagnification in the marine environment, as well as to the population distribution of humpback whales, in Latin America. Supported the evaluation committee in selection of research projects to be developed during the 2017-2018 Colombian expedition to Antarctica. May – August 2017.
 
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, Bogota, Colombia. 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.
 

Additional Information

Software: Microsoft Office Suite; R; ArcGIS.
Languages: Spanish (native speaker); English (high proficiency); Portuguese (professional proficiency).
Training: PADI Advance Diver; Emergency First Responder; Marine Mammals Strandings. 
 

Skills

ecology
GIS
marine protected areas management
project management
sustainability

Graduation Date

May 2018

Additional Resources

Languages

English
Portuguese
Spanish

Preferred Location

International
Mid-Atlantic
Northeast
West

Preferred Sector

Academic Institution
Consulting
Non-profit / NGO