Emily C. Mills

Emily C. Mills

Career Interests

geospatial analysis, species conservation, natural resource management, landscape ecology

Employment Sought:


Master of Environmental Management, May 2017
Nicholas School of the Environment
Duke University, Durham, NC
Ecosystem Science and Conservation concentration, Geospatial Analysis Certificate
Bachelor of Science, summa cum laude, May 2015
The Ohio State University Columbus, OH
Major in Psychology, Biology Minor, Pre-Medicine
Graduated with Honors in the Arts & Sciences 

Professional Experience

Graduate Teaching Assistant, Nicholas School of the Environment-Fundamentals of Geospatial Analysis, Durham, NC
Apply knowledge and experience using ArcGIS software to provide technical support to students. Perform critical, constructive evaluation of student analyses and reports; conduct help sessions for individual instruction, troubleshooting, and debugging software issues. August 2016-Present
Graduate Data ManagerGeospatial Analyst, Poulsen Ecology Lab-Forest Elephant Working Group, Durham, NC
Co-manage and clean extensive database including wildlife transects, carbon plots, and radio telemetry data. Utilize ArcGIS, R, Google Earth Pro, and additional software tools for spatial analysis and data visualization. Conducted fieldwork in Wonga Wongué Presidential Reserve in Gabon, collected ground truth data on forest elephant movements, habitat, and diet. Co-managed French-speaking field team in rugged field conditions. August 2015-Present
Research Assistant, National Geographic Big Cats Initiative, Durham, NC
Contributed to Leopard and Cheetah Assessments by performing literature reviews and spatial analysis. Organized supplementary data for comprehensive research articles on worldwide populations and distributions of leopards and cheetahs; worked in small teams to share data and documentation. Produced publication-quality materials including species reports and fact books for Niger and Somalia. August 2015-December 2016
Conservation Volunteer Research Assistant, Operation Wallacea, Balule Reserve, South Africa; Calakmul and Akumal, Mexico
Collected field survey data and contributed to data entry for biodiversity monitoring via terrestrial and marine survey techniques: mist netting, point counts, wildlife transects, and habitat/quadrat surveys. June 2013; July 2014

Additional Information

Diverse & Inclusive Community for the Environment, Newsletter Committee Leader
Duke Conservation Society, Secretary and Treasurer
Environmental Internship Fund, Lead Event Manager
Students for Recycling, President

Technical Skills: proficient in R, Python, ArcMap, ArcPad, ENVI, Google Earth Pro, Microsoft Office Suite, Trimble GPS device use.

Society for Conservation GIS member


grant writing
project management

Graduation Date

May 2017

Additional Resources



Preferred Location


Preferred Sector

Federal Government
Non-profit / NGO