Shannon Julia Thoits

Shannon Julia Thoits

Career Interests

Corporate sustainability, sustainable business strategy, climate change adaptation and mitigation, reporting and certification
Employment Sought:


Master of Environmental Management, May 2019
Nicholas School of the Environment
Duke University, Durham, North Carolina
Concentration: Business and Environment
Bachelor of Science, May 2018
Duke University, Durham, North Carolina
Major(s): Environmental Science, Marine Science (GPA: 3.839 out of 4.0)

Professional Experience

Student Sustainability Assistant, Counter Culture Coffee, Durham, NC
Creating a toolkit designed for actors in the coffee industry to use to lead climate change adaptation workshops for coffee farmers. Wrote case study on climate change adaptation workshop put on by Counter Culture Coffee this past summer with a coffee cooperative in Peru. 9/2017- present
Independent Study Project, Rittschof Lab, Duke University Marine Lab, Beaufort, NC
Designed and conducted experiments on sea anemones, examined uptake of plastic nanoparticles and toxicity of different types of plastics -Assisted with similar studies on taste, smell, and mortality of plastics in snail and fiddler crab species through extensive laboratory- and field-based work. Summer 2017
Student Research Assistant, Bernhardt Lab, Duke University, Durham, NC
Collected and processed water, soil, plant, and aquatic species samples at experiment site and in the laboratory; input and managed collected data. Maintained laboratory equipment to high standards required for experiment. 9/2015-12/2016
Programming Intern, SOLVE, Portland, OR
Internship completed through DukeEngage, a summer service program. Recruited volunteers for an annual statewide litter clean up and invasive species removal event; managed and educated volunteers at clean up events. Researched and created new programming to engage youth in environmental stewardship, and outlined a comprehensive plan to implement such programming. Assisted in social media, data management, community outreach, and donor relations. Completed corporate giving project which searched for new business partnerships. Summer 2016

Additional Information

Executive Board Member, Business and Environment Net Impact Club, 9/2017-Present
Leadership Team, Duke University Presbyterian Campus Ministry, 4/2015-Present
Programming Coordinator, Ubuntu Living Group, Duke University, 3/2016-12/2016
STEM Student Educator, FEMMES at Duke University, 9/2015-5/2016
Undergraduate Dean's List


business development
climate change
project management
stakeholder engagement

Graduation Date

May 2019



Preferred Location


Preferred Sector

Business / Industry