Vanessa Waller

Vanessa Waller

Career Interests

Wetlands Delineation and Economic Assessment, Water Forecasting, Environmental Planning with GIS, Water Data Analysis 

Education

MASTER OF ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT, May 2017
Nicholas School of the Environment
Duke University, Durham, NC
Concentration: Water Resources Management
Relevant Coursework: Fundamentals of GIS and Geospatial Analysis, Water Resources, Finance, and Planning, Landscape Hydrology, Resource and Environmental Economics

BACHELOR OF ARTS IN ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES, May 2015
Principia College, Elsah, IL
Minor: Sustainability
Cumulative GPA: 3.974/4.000
Relevant Coursework: Business, Society, and Sustainability, Wetland Ecology, Oceanography, Ecology, Zoology, Botany, Methods in Research and Writing, Global Urban Studies, Nonrenewable, Environmental Chemistry Resources, Natural Resources Management, Microeconomics
Senior Thesis: Fecal Contamination in a Constructed Wetland, Fall 2014-Spring 2015
Independent project on achieving Zero Waste at Principia College, Fall 2013-Spring 2014

Professional Experience

Volunteer, Morton Arboretum Soil Science Lab, Lisle, IL
Completed soil extractions, soil filtration, titration, and other lab procedures. May-August 2014

Volunteer, Cantigny Golf Course, Wheaton, IL
Identified and removed invasive plant species. Helped supervise volunteers with invasive plant removal. May-August 2014

Membership Intern, US Green Building Council-Illinois Chapter, Chicago, IL
Edited 70 conference session descriptions for the 2013. “Greening the Heartland” conference. Updated mailing lists, flyers, and PowerPoint presentations. Wrote targeted phone scripts and phoned members and collaborators. Welcomed guests and networked at fundraising event. Developed detailed guidelines for future interns. May-August 2013

Other Experience

Selected Research and Awards

Fecal Indicator Bacteria Dynamics in a Surface Flow Constructed Wetland in Southwestern Illinois, USA, financial support awarded from the Michael Booth Research Fund, Fall 2014-Spring 2015

Achieving Zero Waste at Principia College, Fall 2013-Spring 2014

Vegetation and soil characteristics in a Mississippi River floodplain forest near Alton, Illinois, Fall 2013

Additional Information

<p class="p1"><strong>Computer Skills</strong>:&nbsp;Mac and PC platforms, Microsoft Office Suite, GIS, Wild Apricot, SPSS</p>

<p class="p1"><strong>Leadership</strong><br />
President of Principia College Sustainability Club,&nbsp;Fall 2013-Spring 2014<br />
Board Member, Residential House Board, Fall 2013-Spring 2014<br />
Board Member, Student-led Church Organization, Fall 2013</p>

<p class="p1"><strong>Honors at Principia College</strong><br />
Mueller Environmental Award for environmental leadership, Spring 2015<br />
Phi Alpha Eta Award for highest GPA upon graduation, Spring 2015<br />
Phi Alpha Eta Academic Honor Society all semesters<br />
Trustee Scholarship (full tuition) all semesters<br />
4.0 Club (for athletes with high academic achievements), Fall 2012</p>

Skills

citizen science
cost-benefit analysis
donor relations
ecology
environmental economics
excel modeling
forecasting
fundraising
GIS
grant writing
marketing
presentation development
project management
sustainability
volunteer management
waste reduction and management
water resources management

Graduation Date

May 2017