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

Sustainable Aquaculture Development, Local Seafood Markets, Community Engagement, Fisheries and Aquaculture Policy, Marine Conservation

Employment Sought:
Permanent Position


Master of Environmental Management, May 2018
Certificate of Community-Based Environmental Management, May 2018    
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 Sciencemagna cum laude, May 2016                    
The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL
Major: Marine Science/Biology; Minor: Public Policy; GPA 3.85 of 4.00
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
Courses in aquaculture, ecosystem-based science, marine megafauna, oceanography, and related topics

Professional Experience

Master's Student, 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
Leadership: Action Team Coordinator & Career Liaison (2016-2017) – Ocean Policy Working Group; facilitated a networking event on coastal policy issues and career paths and coordinated a Lobby Day in Washington, D.C. for students to advocate on relevant coastal issues; Duke Interdisciplinary Social Innovators (Project Innovator). Aug 2016 to Current

Contract Editor, American Journal Experts, Durham, NC
Edit journal papers for researchers whose first language is not English. Jun 2017 to Current

Food & Technology Intern, Friends of the Earth, Berkeley, CA
Drafted two public-facing issue briefs on emerging technologies in the food industry, managed campaign outreach material and social media, conducted sustainability research on top 15 burger chains in the US, facilitated corporate-NGO relationships, and co-coordinated a private meeting for leaders in the food industry
Skills: Writing and editing, website management, event coordination, cross-organizational teamwork, communication. Jun 2017 to Aug 2017

Anamal Behavior Research Assistant, Earley Lab, Tuscaloosa, AL, 2014 to 2016

Oceans Research Intern, Oceans Research, Mossel Bay, South Africa, Jun 2014 to Jul 2014

Additional Information

Affiliations: American Fisheries Society, The Coastal Society, Kappa Alpha Theta

Other Skills: Computer: R Studio (quantitative statistical analysis), Qualtrics, Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Adobe Photoshop Light

Regulatory Knowledge: Magnuson-Stevens Act, National Oceans Policy, MARPOL, Clean Water Act, MMPA

Volunteer: Coastal Restoration with North Carolina Coastal Federation, Humane Society of West Alabama (2013-2016), Environment Hall Ambassador (provided tours of the Nicholas School graduate building, 2016-2017)


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

Graduation Date

May 2018

Additional Resources



Preferred Location


Preferred Sector

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