Justin Pearce

Justin Pearce

My previous jobs have taught me how to manage projects and train others, work well under pressure, follow federal guidelines, communicate complicated information to general audiences, and develop and build brand awareness. Although some of my positions were not in the environmental field, I believe many of the skills will prove to be useful. 

Career Interests

Fisheries management, ecosystem-based management, marine protected areas, marine conservation, marine spatial planning

Employment Sought:
Permanent Position


Nicholas School of the Environment
Duke University, Durham, NC
Concentration: Coastal Environmental Management
Skill & Coursework:  Geospatial analysis for coastal and marine systems in ArcGIS 10.4, Statistical analysis using RStudio. Climate change modeling. Designing, implementing, and the analysis of a social survey. Federal fisheries policy and management. Ocean and coastal law and policy. Marine spatial planning. Tropical marine ecology. Conservation biology of marine mammals. International conservation and development. Wetland ecology, restoration, and management. Professional communication. 

University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA

Professional Experience

Master’s Project, Duke University, Durham, NC 
Conducted a comparison for two scientific fishery trawl surveys in the Northwestern Atlantic Ocean. Species richness and biomass differences of trawl data were evaluated using GIS. Policy implications compared via qualitative analysis. 

Intern, The Nature Conservancy, Miami, FL 
Supported the Caribbean Program by conducting a landscape analysis of coral reef restoration programs in the Caribbean. Provided recommendations on how The Nature Conservancy could best assist in coral restoration in the future. Winter 2016

Summer Intern, Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, Key West, FL   
Compiled and reviewed latest literature on species connectivity in Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean Sea. Organized preexisting data on fish spawning aggregation sites. Information will be to be used to enhance transboundary management of protected areas in the U.S., Cuba, and Mexico. Summer 2016 

Organizing and Advocacy Intern, Sierra Club, Raleigh, NC  
Researched and composed two blogs to help communicate timely environmental issues as well as the political processes occurring in North Carolina. Built coalition of other non-profits for clean energy. Facilitated conversations between community members to create strategies to educate their neighbors on environmental issues. Summer 2015 

Student Researcher, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA
Conducted directed research on sustainable seafood certifications for the Aquarium of the Pacific. Published a blog on Scientific American’s website. Aided USC Faculty in underwater research on coral reef health and biodiversity for the Republic of Palau. 2013-2015

Administrative Assistant, USC Sea Grant Program, Los Angeles, CA      
Assisted in creating invasive species educational kits for informal science centers on the West Coast. Aided in the development of an online database of Sea Grant funded research. Aug 2014 – May 2015 

V.P. of Operations, Nicwerks, Santa Monica, CA      
Managed all office operations and marketing responsibilities. Built brand awareness. Developed employee benefit packages. Jun 2010 – Aug 2012

Assistant to Robert Haas, Innovative Artists Talent Agency, Santa Monica, CA      
Provided full administrative support to motion picture and television talent agents. Managed of multiple calendars. Scheduled all appointments and client auditions. Wrote script coverage. Ensured client databases were up to date. Gained agent related experience that included pitching talent and contract negotiations. Oct 2008 – June 2010

Inflight Crewmember, Jet Blue Airways, Long Beach, CA  
Ensured FAA guidelines were met during all phases of flight. Provided excellent customer service and maintained the quality standards set forth by Jet Blue Airways.  Jul 2005—Oct 2008

Additional Information

Certified Scientific Diver with the American Academy of Underwater Sciences, NAUI Certified Rescue Diver. Board Member of the USC Scientific Dive Club

Awards: Edna Bailey Sussman Fund ($6,300), Dornsife Scholar ($10,000). HSBC Scholar ($10,000), USC McNair Scholar ($3,000)

Leadership & Outreach: President & Symposium Coordinator of the Ocean Policy Working Group, ESPN Green Team Coordinator for 2013 & 2014 ESPY Awards, Volunteer at National Ocean Sciences Bowl, Coastal Cleanup Day (2011, 2012, 2014, 2016), USC LGBT Peer Mentor, OutFest Film Festival Volunteer


coastal zone management
fisheries science and policy
marine protected areas management
program management
sustainable seafood
volunteer management
waste reduction and management



Graduation Date

May 2017

Additional Resources



Preferred Location


Preferred Sector

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