Sunny Qiao

Sunny Qiao

Career Interests

Geospatial analysis, Forest conservation, Biodiversity offset, Ecosystem evaluation and restoration, Science-based conservation strategy research
Employment Sought:


Master of Environmental Management, May 2019
Nicholas School of the Environment
Duke University, Durham, NC
Concentration: Ecosystems Science & Conservation Concentration
Master of Forestry, May 2019
Nicholas School of the Environment
Duke University, Durham, NC
Bachelor of Science, May 2017
Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
Major(s): Environmental Science & Sustainability
Minor(s): Climate Change
Distinction in Research & Magna Cum Laude

Professional Experience

IUCN China Research Assistant, IUCN China (Beijing Office)
Generated an ecosystem evaluation toolkit and summarized a biodiversity offset framework for 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics Biodiversity Offset project by conducting research to support further field assessment work. Co- organized and facilitated the annual meeting for GEF to collect feedback from local forest farm owners. Summarized discussion highlights to provide project adjustment and implementation guidance. Conducted research on ocean habitat destruction in China and and co- facilitated Oversea Impacts and Project Design discussions in Conservation International (China Office). Generated discussion reports to assist CI finalize future project foci. Submitted two articles on Biodiversity Offset overview and posted on the IUCN Official Wechat Account to educate the general public about this topic. Translated IUCN publications from English into Chinese for publication. June 2017-August 2017
WWF China Intern, WWF China (Beijing Office)
Researched about WWF on-going projects, gifts, products and advertisements and filed more than 300 valuable WWF reports and publications to better promote WWF to the public and prepare for WWF introduction presentation. Compiled and reviewed information about ongoing projects for the annual report presentation and future project plans. July 2016-August 2016
Clean Energy Investment Financing intern, PFAN China Investment Management Co., Ltd.
Co-organized meetings for clean energy project developers, bankers and investors, and prepared documents to discuss ongoing projects. Translated documents between Chinese and English. December 2015-January 2016
Honors Thesis “Response of fine root biomass to nitrogen and phosphorus addition in young and mature forests in New Hampshire”. Supervisor: Dr. Timothy J. Fahey, Department of Natural Resources, Cornell University
Analyzed root biomass using Rstudio, and graphed results using JMP to determine how root biomass responded in young and mature forests after nutrient addition treatment. Synthesized aboveground biomass data from previous study and incorporated results into my honors thesis. Improved the understanding of the effects of excessive nutrients input and climate change on the aboveground and underground energy allocation in northeastern hardwood forest. September 2016-April 2017

Additional Information

ArcGIS Pro, ArcGIS 10.6, Rstudio, Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, iMap, Microsoft Office, Fluent in Mandarin, SAF member Duke Chapter


forest management
project management

Graduation Date

December 2019

Additional Resources



Preferred Location


Preferred Sector

Non-profit / NGO
Research Institute / Think Tank