Mikia Lynn Weidenbach

Mikia Lynn Weidenbach

I have worked with non-profits, IGOs, governments and educational institutions in a variety of countries to understand the challenges different communities face in balancing development needs with natural resources conservation. My work continually explores novel ways to use applied ecology, particularly in the areas of water resources and landscape ecology, to better inform regional and community planning.

Career Interests

Water science & management, landscape ecology, restoration, and urban & regional planning

Employment Sought:
Permanent Position

Education

Master of Environmental Management, May 2017
Nicholas School of the Environment
Duke University, Durham, NC
Certificate Geospatial Analysis                                                                              
Objective: To apply ecological theory & tools to enhance natural resource conservation with a focus on using water science & management, landscape ecology & restoration ecology to inform regional & urban planning
Courses: GIS, remote sensing, water resources, landscape analysis, land use policy & urban design
Masters Project: Modeled flooding based on impervious surface and water infrastructure in Durham and built GIS tools to prioritize parcels for green space and green infrastructure for the Ellerbe Creek Watershed Association
 
A.B. Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, 2012
Princeton University, Princeton, NJ                                                           
Relevant coursework: Biology, Chemistry, Population & Community Ecology, American Land-Use Policies, Field Ecohydrology, Environment & Culture, Ecology & Conservation of African Landscapes, Statistics

Professional Experience

Urban Water Intern, The Nature Conservancy, North Carolina Chapter
Durham, NC
Collaborated on TNC North Carolina’s first urban strategy to develop a list of priority cities and focus areas. Researched capacity for TNC strategies in priority cities, focusing on green infrastructure and stormwater plans. May - August 2016
 
Research Assistant, Bernhardt Limnology Lab, Duke University
Durham, NC
Conducted field and lab work on 21 streams in Durham and Raleigh to analyze water quality in urban watersheds. September 2015 - May 2016
 
Intern, Natural Science and Culture, UNESCO Office of the Pacific States
Apia, Samoa
Prepared reports and coordinated national and regional workshops on Man & Biosphere Reserves, indigenous architecture & resilient communities, and local crafts/trades & economic diversification. Coordinated and presented at the UN’s 3rd International Small Island Developing States Conference. July 2014 – December 2014
 
Lecturer, Life Sciences & Chemical Technology School, Ngee Ann Polytechnic, Singapore                                                                                  
Taught Inorganic Chemistry, Organic Chemistry and Ecology through lectures, tutorials and laboratories. Created curriculum for and taught school’s flagship Global Environmental Issues class. Sept 2012 – March 2014
 
Thesis Research, Osa Conservation Centre, Corcovado-Matapalo Biological Corridor, Costa Rica
Conducted interviews with farmers, conservationists, eco-lodge owners and park authorities to compile land-use history of wildlife changes and socio-economic impacts in an expanding biological corridor. Summer 2011
 
Student Researcher, Mpala Research Centre, Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, Ol Pejeta Conservancy, Kenya
Evaluated wildlife population dynamics across urban-rural gradients, changes to vegetation and soils in pastoral lands and the water budget of a community’s watershed using field work, lab tests, and R for analysis. Feb – May 2011

Additional Information

Technical Skills: GIS with ArcMap, R, Python, ENVI, Microsoft Excel, and laboratory and field experience
Soft Skills: Communications, leadership, organization, management, and decision making

 

Skills

ecology
GIS
stakeholder engagement
water resources management

Graduation Date

May 2017

Additional Resources

Languages

English
Japanese

Preferred Location

International
Mid-Atlantic
West

Preferred Sector

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