Sarah Poulin

Sarah Poulin

Career Interests

Marine conservation and management; geospatial analysis; population ecology; marine megafauna migration and movement ecology

Employment Sought:
Permanent Position


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

Graduate Research Fellow, NC Sea Grant/NC Space Grant, Duke University, Beaufort, NC
Co-lead on project “Using Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) remote sensing imagery to assess oyster reef health” with purpose of producing a rapid assessment tool of oyster reef multispectral imagery for coastal managers, working under Dr. Dave Johnston and the Duke Marine Robotics and Remote Sensing Lab. September 2017-May 2018

Research Fellow, Sustainable Ocean Alliance, San Francisco, CA (Remote)
Gather research in the field of ocean sustainability to share with the SOA network including literature review on ocean/science research and preparing summaries of research to share through website updates and newsletters. August 2017-present

Graduate Research Fellow, Smithsonian National Zoological Park,  Washington, D.C
Research fellowship through the Migratory Bird Center housed at the Smithsonian National Zoological Park, independent research project performing a longitudinal spatial analysis of historical bycatch banding data for seabirds through the use of ArcGIS and Story Map applications. Advisor: Dr. Autumn-Lynn Harrison. May 2017-August 2017

Research Assistant, Marine Geospatial Ecology Lab, Duke University, Durham/Beaufort, NC
-    Assist major literature review for a Global Ocean Biodiversity Initiatives (GOBI) Project to analyze data on marine migratory species (mammals, seabirds, sea turtles, and fish) migration routes and corridors to help develop area-based planning and network approaches to management in areas beyond national jurisdictions 
September 2016-present

Conservation/Education Intern and Coastal Specialist, Bald Head Island Conservancy, Bald Head Island, NC
Presented environmental education programs to over 4,000 visitors on marine ecology and sea turtle conservation; conducted field work for conservation projects, including invasive species eradication, water quality monitoring, and deer population management studies using telemetry. Worked as assistant coordinator of sea turtle saturation tagging and nest monitoring program; intern coordinator overseeing scheduling and project management for 16 interns; and implemented new protocols and long-term data management tools for wildlife hotline emergency responses as the wildlife response coordinator. February 2016-August 2016

Marine Mammal and Sea Turtle Rescue Intern, New England Aquarium, Boston, MA
Rehabilitated over 300 cold stunned sea turtles stranded in the Cape Cod Bay area, the second largest stranding season to date at the facility, and assisted in necropsies for deceased sea turtles. October 2015-January 2016

Sea Turtle Conservation and Research Program Intern, Mote Marine Lab, Sarasota, FL
Field work of patrols for sea turtle activities, including identification and verification of over 2,000 nests, sea turtle stranding response, and data collection by foot and with use of ATVs; worked with other interns in group environment on nest data entry, office management, and volunteer coordination management. June 2015-October 2015

Additional Information

- Experience using quantitative (R, RStudio, Stata) data analysis software, geospatial analysis (Carto, Pix4D), GIS software (ArcGIS, Story Map), GitHub, Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access), and Python 
- The Coastal Society, Duke University Chapter Board Member (Secretary), Student Association for Geospatial Analysis Board Member (Marine Lab Representative), Eno Magazine Co-Editor
- Member of the Pacific Seabird Group, The Society for Conservation Biology, NC Aquariums, New England Aquarium


environmental education
grant writing
project management

Graduation Date

May 2018

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Preferred Sector

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