Sarah Poulin

Sarah Poulin

Career Interests

Marine conservation and management; marine spatial planning; geospatial analysis; marine animal migration and movement ecology


Nicholas School of the Environment
Duke University, Durham, NC 
Concentration in Coastal Environmental Management, Certificate in Geospatial Analysis 
Wake Forest University, Winston Salem, NC
Major: Biology, Minors: Environmental Science and Psychology

Professional Experience

Research Assistant, Marine Geospatial Ecology Lab, Duke University, Durham, NC
Assist major literature review for the Global Ocean Biodiversity Initiatives (GOBI) Project funded by the International Climate Initiative (IKI) to create a database of marine Ecologically and Biologically Significant Areas (EBSA) of marine animal migratory corridors for marine mammals, seabirds, sea turtles, and fish. September 2016-present
Coastal Specialist, Bald Head Island Conservancy, Bald Head Island, NC
Coordinated saturation tagging and nest monitoring programs, including night time patrols for nesting and hatching sea turtles, identification tag application, and biopsy sampling. Implemented new protocols and long term data management tools for wildlife hotline emergency responses. Oversaw scheduling and independent project management for 16 interns in the fields of conservation, environmental education, sea turtle protection, and communication. May 2016-August 2016
Conservation/Education Intern, Bald Head Island Conservancy, Bald Head Island, NC
Presented environmental education programs to over 4,000 adult and child visitors on marine and coastal ecology, sustainable development, sea turtle biology and protection, hands on dissections, and meteorology. Conducted field work for conservation monitoring projects, including invasive species eradication, beach and creek water quality monitoring, aquifer monitoring, and deer population management studies using telemetry. Designed new, original protocols for environmental education programs and aquarium maintenance. February 2016-April 2016
Marine Mammal and Sea Turtle Rescue Intern, New England Aquarium, Boston, MA
Rehabilitated over 300 cold stunned kemp’s ridley, green, and loggerhead sea turtles stranded in the Cape Cod Bay area, the second largest stranding season to date at the facility, through food prep, feedings, and recording of accurate records of tank water quality, daily food intake, swimming/behavior, and treatments. Assisted in performance of necropsies for recently deceased kemp’s ridley and leatherback sea turtles, including tissue sample and data collection to aid in determining cause of death. October 2015-January 2016
Sea Turtle Conservation and Research Program Intern, Mote Marine Lab, Sarasota, FL
Field work performing morning patrols for sea turtle activities, including identification and verification of over 2,000 nests, sea turtle stranding response, and data collection from excavations by foot and with use of ATVs. Office work including nest data entry, office management, and volunteer management. June 2015-October 2015
Wake Forest Research Fellowship, Wake Forest University, Bamfield, British Columbia, Canada
Planned, executed, and presented independent research project on the longitudinal effects of climate change on feeding habits of juvenile black rockfish at the Bamfield Marine Sciences Center in Bamfield, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada through dissections and microscopic stomach content analysis. June 2014-August 2014

Additional Information

Technical Skills: R, RStudio, ArcGIS, ArcPad, Excel Solver, Microsoft Office 
Certifications: Marine Planning and Advancement Workshop Certificate (Duke Marine Lab)
Professional Affiliations: Society for Conservation Biology Member, Pacific Seabird Group Member, New England Aquarium Member, North Carolina Aquarium Member 
Student Group: ENO Magazine (Marketing and Outreach Coordinator)


marine protected areas management
program management

Graduation Date

May 2018

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Academic Institution
Federal Government
Non-profit / NGO
State / Local Government