Alaina Young

Alaina Young

Career Interests

Cetacean Ecology and Conservation, Fishery Management, Sustainable Aquaculture, Population Dynamics

Employment Sought:
Internships

Education

MASTER OF ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT, May 2018
Nicholas School of the Environment
Duke University. Durham, NC
Concentration: Coastal Environmental Management

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN BIOLOGY, May 2016
Lafayette College. Easton, PA

Professional Experience

INDEPENDENT RESEARCH, Lafayette College, Easton PA (2015-2016)
Title: Is there evidence of preferential feeding in Salvelinus namaycush (Lake Trout) in two NJ impoundments? 
Assessed the only two self-sustaining lake trout fisheries in man-made reservoirs in New Jersey. Advised representatives of NJ-FWS, Merrill Creek, and Round Valley Reservoir management. Led data collection and analysis of fish gut content, macroinvertebrate sampling, and gill netting. Presented my research at the Mid-Atlantic ESA conference and the Lehigh Valley Ecology & Evolution Symposium (LVEES).
 
CONSERVATION EDUCATION INTERN. Lehigh Valley Zoo, Schnecksville, PA (Fall 2015).
Developed presentation and public speaking skills by leading weekly educational sessions, shows, zoo tours, and nature hikes. Worked to better translate animal information for a variety of audiences. Trained in handling and husbandry of education animals.
 
ANIMAL BEHAVIOR RESEARCH. University of Melbourne. Melbourne, Australia. (Spring 2015).
Title: Influence of Multiple Cues on Mate Choice in Female Convict Cichlids
Explored mating behavior of cichlid fish to determine how territory, size, and fighting ability influence female choice. Crafted choice experiment tank design and set-up. Quantified data using RStudio. Produced a paper and presentation on results.
 
EXTERN. Nurture Nature Center, Easton, PA (January 2015).
Established relationships with local residents to address attitudes towards environmental issues facing the community. Aided in organization and execution of outreach events and education programming.
 
ADVANCED AQUATIC ECOLOGY RESEARCH. Lafayette College. Easton, PA (Fall 2014).
Title: How Stratification and Turnover Contribute to Depth-Dependent Dynamics in Zooplankton Feeding Interactions
Developed techniques in aquatic field sampling. Integrated the ecology of plankton in the water column with the physical structure of Merrill Creek Reservoir. Presented research at Lafayette College’s Multidisciplinary Environmental Poster Session (MDEPS).
 
PARK PATROL VOLUNTEER. Popcorn Park Zoo Animal Rescue and Sanctuary. Forked River, NJ (2013-2016).
Engaged with visitors and offered information about rescued animals. Gained insight into management of non-profit and federally licensed centers.
 
 

 

Additional Information

SKILLS: 
ArcGIS, RStudio, Social Science Surveys, Environmental Education, Field Sampling, Legal Writing

HONORS/AWARDS: 
Lafayette College- Marquis Scholar, Dean's List

LEADERSHIP ROLES:
Captain, Varsity Cheerleading
President, Gymnastic Club
Sponsor and Reference Chairman, Delta Delta Delta

Skills

ecology
environmental education
GIS
statistics
survey design

Graduation Date

May 2018

Additional Resources

Preferred Location

International
Mid-Atlantic
Southeast

Preferred Sector

Non-profit / NGO