Taylor Minich

Taylor Minich

What is your previous work experience?
My previous work experience has mostly related to the behavioral ecology of primates - which is to say I've spent a lot of time watching monkeys. After spending so much time studying primates, I became disheartened realizing that over half of all primates are facing extinction, a reality which my research is doing nothing to prevent. This is why I decided to come back to school.

Why did you choose the Nicholas School?
I chose the Nicholas School for its commitment to the environment, the community, and most of all its students. The array of academic, financial, and networking opportunities are immense at the Nicholas School.

Do you have any areas of interest or special focus you will undertake during your time at the Nicholas School?
I hope to focus on conservation biology, especially of the world's forests and their impact on community-level ecosystems.

What are you looking forward to as a new Nicholas School student?
I'm just looking forward to being back at school! Having the opportunity to learn again is a great privilege. 

What future plans do you have for your career after the Nicholas School?
I hope to do conservation-related research at an organization such as the Nature Conservancy or the Wildlife Conservation Society.

Personal thanks:
Thank you to all those who give and support the Nicholas school. Without your generosity, many of us would not be able to be here studying what we love. I really appreciate it.

Career Interests

conservation, climate change, forest health, statistical modeling, geospatial analysis
Employment Sought:


Master of Environmental Management, December 2019
Master of Forestry, December 2019
Nicholas School of the Environment
Duke University, Durham, NC
Bachelor's of Arts, May 2016
Columbia University, New York, NY
Major: Environmental Biology
Minor: Classics

Professional Experience

Stanback Intern, LandTrust for Central North Carolina, Salisbury, NC
Assessed the conservation value of over 75,000 land parcels around central North Carolina using ArcGIS to inform conservation measures. Summer 2017
Research Assistant, PhD project, Cayo Santiago, PR
Analyzed the relationship between mother-infant interactions and the mother’s stress hormones in rhesus macaques (Macaca mulatta). June – October 2016
Field Assistant, Kakamega Monkey Project, Kakamega, Kenya
Examined the degree to which blue monkeys (Cercopithecus mitis) bias their behavior towards paternally-related kin as part of my senior thesis. May – August 2015
Course Assistant, Earth Institute Center for Environmental Sustainability, Columbia University, New York, NY
Teacher’s assistant for the EICES certificate program, which is dedicated to providing professionals with the knowledge and tools to make sound decisions and policy practices that impact the environment. September 2014 – May 2016

Additional Information

Languages: Intermediate French, Latin


environmental health
forest management

Graduation Date

December 2019

Additional Resources



Preferred Location


Preferred Sector

Academic Institution
Federal Government
Non-profit / NGO
Research Institute / Think Tank