Emily C. Tucker

Emily C. Tucker

Career Interests

Natural Resource Conservation, Climate Change Adaptation, Geo-Spatial Planning, Sustainable Land Use
Employment Sought:


Master of Environmental Management, May 2019
Nicholas School of the Environment
Duke University, Durham, NC
Concentration: Ecosystem Science and Conservation
GIS Certificate, May 2019
Bachelor of Science, March 2013
University of California, Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, CA
Concentration: Marine Biology

Professional Experience

Lab Assistant II, NMFS/NOAA, Santa Cruz, CA
Deployed acoustic telemetry systems in the Sacramento River to track patterns in endangered juvenile Chinook salmon’s movement, migration, and survival from a small vessel. Collaborated with US Geological Survey and Department of Fish and Game to enhance sampling efforts, track sturgeon species, and share collected data. 10/01/2016-07/31/2017
Lab Assistant II, NMFS/NOAA, Santa Cruz, CA
Performed otolith analysis (extraction, thin-sectioning, and polishing) of endangered juvenile Chinook salmon to retroactively determine movement patterns for early life histories. Ran respirometry experiments to quantify the aerobic scope and thermal tolerance of Chinook fry. Implications for cold water releases from Shasta Dam to spawning habitat. 09/22/2015 – 09/30/2016
Lab Assistant II, NMFS/NOAA, Santa Cruz, CA
Sampled populations of endangered juvenile Coho and Steelhead salmon to determine population structure and extent from Southern Oregon to Central California in a small team setting. Communicated with public and private landowners to gain access to remote survey locations. 06/15/2015 – 09/22/2015
Junior Specialist, University of California - Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, CA
Lead field research to determine the extent and magnitude of Sea Star Wasting Syndrome in the West Coast National Parks as part of a small team. Collaborated closely with Park staff, often in remote/rugged conditions. 08/04/2014 – 04/04/2015
Junior Specialist, University of California-Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, CA
Co-lead rapid field assessments to determine extent and magnitude of Sea Star Wasting Syndrome along the California Coastline at the outset of the outbreak. Communication with local authorities and volunteer management was crucial to the success of this project. 11/22/2013 – 05/31/2014
Junior Specialist, University of California-Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, CA
Developed and executed a research project funded by the National Science Foundation to examine the relative importance of sexual vs. asexual growth in a Mediterranean seagrass. Formulated and ensured compliance with diving safety protocols in a foreign country as lead diver on project. 3/22/2013 - 11/22/2013                                         

Additional Information

Awards: National Science Foundation - RAPID Grant, 2013 Award Number: 1321413 Amount: $85,530 - “Spatial Scale of Flowering and Seed production in Posidonia oceanica- the influence of clonal structure”
Skills: Advanced use of Smith-Root Electrofisher, Advanced knowledge of Microscopy (dissecting, compound, dual viewing),Proficiency in SYSTAT- R, ArcGIS Pro, Standard Query Learning, Microsoft Access and Excel, Proficient in Polymerase Chain Reaction and Restriction Site Associated DNA Sequencing.
Certifications: AAUS Scientific Diver (70ft) and Dive Master certifications, Fill station operator (SCUBA), AAUS scientific snorkeling, Motor Boat Operator Training Certification, NOAA Small Boat Component Course, Wilderness First Aid, CPR/AED


fisheries science and policy
project management
volunteer management

Graduation Date

May 2019

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Preferred Sector

Non-profit / NGO
State / Local Government