Whitney Roberts

Whitney Roberts

Throughout her undergraduate years at The University of Alabama, Whitney Roberts studied Marine Science/Biology with a minor in Public Policy while volunteering at The Humane Society and being active in student organizations such as Kappa Alpha Theta and UA Environmental Council. She spent 18 years of her life as a soccer goalkeeper and is currently SCUBA certified as well as Marine Mammal Medic certified, which she obtained during a trip to South Africa assisting research in white shark population dynamics. She previously worked in an undergraduate research lab that focuses on animal behavioral ecology, particularly helping with a project assessing behavioral patterns in fish after exposure to elevated carbon dioxide levels. Both an avid reader and runner, Whitney is currently a Master of Environmental Management candidate in the Coastal Environmental Management concentration at the Nicholas School, and her interests lie in sustainable seafood policy along with climate resilience of shellfish aquaculture systems. She hopes to incorporate community-based management practices in the development of seafood policy that is both safe for consumers and the oceans.

Career Interests

community-based political advocacy, sustainable fisheries and aquaculture policy advising, responsible seafood consumption advocacy

Employment Sought:


Nicholas School of the Environment
Duke University, Durham, NC
Concentration: Coastal Management with focus on marine conservation and food security
Skills from Coursework: working knowledge of federal fisheries and aquaculture regulatory framework, community-based participatory planning, statistical analysis using R Studio, understanding of and ability to apply fisheries economics, professional communication, memo writing in policy and business sectors
BACHELOR OF SCIENCE, magna cum laude, May 2016                    
The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL
Major: Marine Science/Biology; Minor: Public Policy; GPA 3.85 of 4.00
Skills from Coursework: problem solving and teamwork in Organic Chemistry labs, working knowledge of public policy in the context of environmental topics through my Minor and Green Political Thought, environmental decision making, analytical research and writing skills
Key Honors: President’s List, Capstone Scholarship, Alumni Scholarship, Omicron Delta Kappa Honor Society
Leadership: Chief Administrative Officer – Kappa Alpha Theta; Vice President of Community Service – Student Alumni Association; Vice President – College Diabetes Network
DAUPHIN ISLAND SEA LAB, Summers 2013 & 2015
Dauphin Island, AL                     
Aquaculture: Capstone Project; competed with classmates for most efficient growth of Tilapia
Other skills: field data collection and analysis, working knowledge of various marine-specific topics

Professional Experience

ACTION TEAM COORDINATOR, Ocean Policy Working Group
Leadership: facilitated a networking event for Nicholas School alumni and students to discuss coastal policy issues and career paths, currently coordinating a Lobby Day in Washington, D.C. for students to advocate on relevant coastal issues. Sep 2016 to Current
PROJECT INNOVATOR, Duke Interdisciplinary Social Innovators
Responsibilities: collaborate with other team members to produce project deliverables for the client regarding social accountability; work with client Keep Durham Beautiful to strategically plan fundraising and marketing tools that promote urban greening. January 2017 to Current
MASTERS CANDIDATE, Nicholas School of the Environment, Durham, NC
Projects: composed 16-page research paper on current federal aquaculture regulations and recommendations for sustainable improvement; synthesized and analyzed statistical data on country EPI scores in class group project; co-prepared formal case study of a local, environmentally focused organization. Aug 2016 to Current
OCEANS RESEARCH INTERN, Oceans Research, Mossel Bay, South Africa
Responsibilities: assisted graduate students in conducting research on white shark population dynamics and movement patterns of local cetacean populations. Jun 2014 to Jul 2014

Additional Information

Other Technical Skills: Microsoft Word, Excel, Power-Point, Qualtrics, R Studio, Ocean Data View, Adobe Photoshop Light

Professional Affiliations: American Fisheries Society, Kappa Alpha Theta, Omicron Delta Kappa Honor Society

Student Groups: Ocean Policy Working Group, Duke Fish

Volunteer Activities: Humane Society of West Alabama 2014 to 2016, volunteered for elementary school community garden 2016, elementary after school college student mentor 2015


community-based management
fisheries science and policy
stakeholder engagement
sustainable seafood

Graduation Date

May 2018

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Preferred Sector

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