Katie O'Donnell

Katie O'Donnell

Career Interests

Environmental Science Education and Communication, Shark Conservation, Marine Ecology and Research, Community-Based Fisheries Management, Ecotourism
Employment Sought:


Master of Environmental Management, May 2019
Nicholas School of the Environment
Duke University, Durham, NC
Concentration: Coastal Environmental Management
Coursework: Science Communication for Scientists, Marine Fisheries Biogeography and Ecology, Geospatial Analysis for Coastal and Marine Management, Social Science Surveys for Environmental Management
Bachelor of Science, August 2013
James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA
Major: Biology
Coursework: Short-term study abroad program in Cameroon with JMU: Biological & Human Dimensions of Wildlife Conservation, Semester study abroad at Flinders University in Adelaide, Australia, and Marine and Freshwater Invertebrates

Professional Experience

Marine Instructor, Aquarist, Guided Discovery's Catalina Island Marine Institute (CIMI). Toyon Bay, Catalina Island, CA  
Taught marine science to students through labs, snorkels, kayaks, and hikes to ensure their understanding of the ocean and its importance, while also providing a memorable and lasting experience. Managed the maintenance, care, and design of exhibit animals and aquariums with an aquarist leadership team of four. August 2015, May 2016-May 2017 
Residential Outdoor Instructor, Friends of the National Zoo Nature Camp at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute Front Royal, VA
Led, designed and taught various environmental science classes to students through interactive and informal techniques. June-August 2014, June-August 2015
Contracted Naturalist, Audubon Naturalist Society at Rust Nature Sanctuary Leesburg, VA
Led biology and chemistry programs for young students. April-June 2015
Naturalist, Conejo Valley Unified School District Malibu, CA  
Taught groups of students various environmental and biology lessons, and led team building activities. Managed high school counselor staff during program. January-April 2015
Marine Education Intern, Newfound Harbor Marine Institute at Seacamp Association, Big Pine Key, FL  
Taught marine science to students and adults through labs and snorkels to ensure their understanding of the ocean and its importance, while also providing a memorable and lasting experience. January-May 2014

Additional Information

NAUI SCUBA; Advanced, Nitrox and Rescue Diver
Auspice Diver and Fill Station Operator
Small boat handling


citizen science
environmental education
fisheries science and policy

Graduation Date

May 2019

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Preferred Location


Preferred Sector

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