Katherine Warnell

Katherine Warnell

Career Interests

land conservation and management, conservation planning, geospatial analysis

Employment Sought:
Permanent Position


Master of Environmental Management, May 2017
Duke University, Durham, NC
Ecosystem Science and Conservation
Geospatial Analysis Certificate
Bachelor of Science, Magna cum laude, May 2013
Duke University, Durham, NC
Environmental Science, Biology
Phi Beta Kappa

Professional Experience

Conservation Intern, Triangle Land Conservancy, Durham, NC
Conducted geospatial analyses to support conservation planning, land acquisition, and conservation easement projects. Wrote and revised grant proposals for project funding, including creating maps of proposed projects. October 2016-present
Water Quality Intern, Triangle Land Conservancy, Durham, NC
Created watershed protection prioritization plan for City of Durham Department of Water Management; Used geospatial model to identify land parcels most valuable for protecting water quality in two reservoirs that serve as Durham’s primary drinking water sources. Planned and facilitated a meeting of 30 stakeholders to obtain feedback on model goals and parameters. Met with city/county officials, conservation organization staff, and National Guard members. Compiled baseline documentation report for a new property purchased by TLC, including information from tax records and surveys, natural history data, and maps. May-August 2016
Research Technician, Duke University Superfund Research Center
Processed environmental samples for research projects including a study of river sediments polluted by wood treatment plants and an experiment using sewage plant bacteria to degrade flame retardants. Tested more than 500 foam samples for presence of chemical flame retardants as part of a project to provide information to the public about their chemical exposure at home. Managed research data and conducted literature searches to provide background information for new experiments and presentations. October 2013-July 2015
Student Researcher, Harvard Forest Summer Research Program in Ecology, Petersham, MA
Worked with “Warm Ants” research group to sample ant populations in heated chambers and identify 500 ants to species. Measured carbon dioxide emission of 60 microcosms each week to determine effect of ant colonies on soil respiration. Designed and conducted a study to examine the effect of warming on a common non-native slug; presented results at the 2012 Harvard Forest Summer Research Symposium. Summer 2012
Student Researcher, Organization for Tropical Studies Savanna Ecology Program, South Africa
Conducted vegetation and ant population surveys to determine effect of invasive Acacia species on native ant populations in De Hoop Nature Reserve. Monitored bat activity response to light pollution in Kruger National Park. Conducted literature review and wrote a scientific paper for each research project.; presented results of bat research to Kruger National Park staff. Spring 2012 
Research Assistant, Bernhardt Lab, Duke University, Durham, NC
Sorted and identified 1000 aquatic macroinvertebrates from streams affected by coal mining. Processed soil samples and collected data from wetland mesocosms to assess impact of nanoparticles. August-December 2011
DukeEngage Intern, Fundación Pachamama, Quito, Ecuador
Created a 30-question survey to assess the effect of fish-farming programs on the diet, food security, and school attendance levels in 14 indigenous communities in the Ecuadorian Amazon. Developed educational materials and presentations on the rights of nature recognized by Ecuador’s 2008 constitution for a community workshop. June-August 2011

Additional Information

ArcGIS (Desktop and Online), ENVI, R, Python, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Access


stakeholder engagement

Graduation Date

May 2017

Additional Resources



Preferred Location


Preferred Sector

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