Laura Wood

Laura Wood

Career Interests

I am interested in integrating science, law, and policy tools to inform strategic water resource conservation efforts that support community and ecosystem health. I am focused on addressing agricultural water use and market-based solutions to conservation and management of water resources. I am particularly interested in the food-water nexus and the development of water quality trading programs.

Employment Sought:


Nicholas School of the Environment
Duke University, Durham, NC
Concentration: Water Resource Management
Coursework: GIS, Statistics, Landscape Ecology, Landscape Hydrology, Water Law, Environmental Decision Analysis, Ecosystem Services Markets, Global Food, Stream Ecology

Colgate University, Hamilton, NY
Minor: Environmental Studies
Honors: Cum Laude, Sustainability Advocacy Award

Professional Experience

Biological Science Technician, Chicago Botanical Garden, Bureau of Land Management, Missoula, MT May-Oct. 2014
Restored key wildlife areas, inventoried forest stands and monitored special-status plant populations. Determined stand fuel loading capabilities and disease outbreak susceptibility to guide prescription burns. Evaluated conditions of rangeland utilization and prepared reports for long-term monitoring for wild horse eco-sanctuary. May – Oct 2014 

Development Assistant, Grand Teton National Park Foundation, Jackson, WY
Managed public awareness of the Foundation through social media and electronic newsletter communications. Facilitated database management, conducted research, and prepared and executed donor events. Wrote and edited grants to obtain funding for special status projects within Grand Teton National Park. Oct 2013 – May 2014

Field Education Instructor & AmeriCorps Field Education Intern, Teton Science Schools, Jackson, WY Jan.-Oct. 2013
Coordinated field education programs, leadership initiatives, and gear logistics while teaching ecology, geology, and natural history in Grand Teton National Park to student and adult groups. Mentored first-season instructors to improve student management, pedagogical approaches, scientific literacy, and awareness of local sustainability issues

Wilderness Trip Leader, Teton Valley Ranch Camp, Dubois, WY
Fostered confidence, leadership skills, and environmental awareness among campers through team-building exercises and lessons in backcountry etiquette. Summers 2011, 2012

Communications Intern, Colgate’s Sustainability Office, Hamilton, NY
Promoted environmental awareness and sustainability on campus through social media and campus environmental groups. Developed and hosted Colgate’s first sustainability-focused podcast series, conducting interviews with students, faculty, and alumni who demonstrated a commitment to the environment, conservation, and sustainable initiatives. Sept 2011 – May 2012

Other Experience

Ecosystem Services Program Assistant, Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, Duke University
Assess ecosystem services monitoring framework for the Francis Marion National Forest’s updated management plan. Analyze effectiveness of ecosystem services valuation in government management plans to inform future assessments. Sept 2015 – Present

Ecosystem Services Analyst, Colgate University Environmental Studies Department, Hamilton, NY
Catalogued ecosystem services of Colgate’s campus trees using GIS, USDA i-Tree software and field data. Proposed two land management strategies to inform Colgate on sustainable supervision of campus trees. Spring 2012

Research Technician, Colgate University Biology Department, Hamilton, NY
Collected data and collaborated with local hospital during one-month field study program in water quality analysis in Uganda. Analyzed patterns of fecal coliform contamination in drinking water sources across southwestern Uganda. Streamlined lab protocols and methods to analyze E.coli DNA and reconstruct potential pathways of disease transmission. Integrated results with sanitation data to advise the Bwindi Community Hospital on strategies to improve water. June 2010, Jan 2011 – May 2012


climate change
environmental education
grant writing
program management
stakeholder engagement
water resources management

Graduation Date

May 2017