Shane O'Neal

Shane O'Neal

Career Interests

Environmental policy; wildlife conservation; stakeholder engagement.

Employment Sought:
Permanent Position


Master of Environmental Management, May 2018
Nicholas School of the Environment
Duke University, Durham, NC    
Focus: Ecosystem Science & Conservation, with focus on wildlife conservation using research, policy, public outreach, and stakeholder engagement.
Master’s Project: Combining social and ecological factors to create a unique site-prioritization geospatial analysis for reintroduction of red wolves to the Southeastern United States.
Graduate Teaching Assistant, Landscape Ecology: Demonstrated expertise in course material covering ecological processes at landscape scales, including statistical modeling. Worked with Dr. Dean Urban. 
Bachelor of Arts, June 2014
Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH     
Major in Anthropology and Biology
Honors: Third Honor Group, 2013-2014; GPA: 3.51/4.0   

Professional Experience

Endangered Species Policy Intern, Center for Biological Diversity, Portland, OR
Crafted comment letters on pending decisions by U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and state agencies regarding management of imperiled species under the Endangered Species Act, including the Texas hornshell mussel, red wolves in North Carolina, and grey wolves in Wyoming. Part of successful campaign to stop the legalization of bait hunting of grey wolves in Idaho. Conducted research for staff attorneys. May – July 2017
President, Duke Conservation Society, Durham, NC 
Led professional student interest group with over 80 active members and an 8-person board. Organized career-related and educational outings for peers and other Duke students both on and off campus. April 2017 – present
Environmental Law & Policy Clinic, Duke Law School, Durham, NC 
Worked with clinic attorneys and law students on pro-bono client cases addressing environmental issues; my specific case focused on human-wildlife conflict in Africa. Required 100-hour commitment per term. January – May 2017
Research Assistant, Dr. John Poulsen Lab, Nicholas School, Durham, NC
Produced environmental education content for village residents in Gabon, aiming to reduce consumption of bush-meat and promote conservation. Analyzed and interpreted field data gathered to assist scientists on the ground in Africa monitoring forest elephant populations and human-wildlife conflict. August 2016 – May 2017
Visitor Education Volunteer, New England Aquarium, Boston, MA
Interpreted aquarium exhibits for guests and offered ideas for individuals and communities to aid in marine conservation. Explained ongoing conservation research projects and the differences and importance of varying marine ecosystems and wildlife. December 2015 – August 2016

Additional Information

Certificate: Geospatial Analysis. Trained in advanced geoprocessing, SQL, and Python scripting.    

Publications: Holding the line for lions in Mozambique. National Geographic Cat Watch Blog. (Feb 2017) 

Skills: GIS (ArcMap 10.5), R, wildlife survey techniques, Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)  

I am an experienced leader and hard worker with experience working on all sides of wildlife conservation issues, from NGO's and legal groups to scientific organizations, and I want to use these skills to engage the public and government to ensure protection of the natural world.


project management
stakeholder engagement

Graduation Date

May 2018

Additional Resources



Preferred Location


Preferred Sector

Federal Government
Non-profit / NGO
State / Local Government