Alaina Young

Alaina Young

Career Interests

Marine Mammal Ecology and Conservation, Environmental Education, Fisheries Management

Employment Sought:
Permanent Position


Master of Environmental Management, May 2018
Nicholas School of the Environment
Duke University, Durham, NC
Concentration: Coastal Environmental Management
Leadership Positions: AFS Liaison | American Fisheries Society, Duke University Student Chapter Event Coordinator | The Coastal Society, Duke University Student Chapter
Transferable Skills: ArcGIS, RStudio, survey design and implementation, legal writing
Coursework: Marine Mammals, Marine Ecology, Biological Oceanography, Ocean and Coastal Law, Applied Data Analysis for Environmental Science, Marine GIS, Social Science Surveys, Marine Policy, Environmental Economics
Bachelor of Science, May 2016
Lafayette College. Easton, PA.
Major: Biology
GPA: 3.6; Major GPA: 3.9
Honors/Awards: Marquis Scholar, Dean’s List, University of Melbourne Honor Roll.
Leadership Positions: Delta Delta Delta-Sponsor and Reference Chair; Varsity Cheerleading- Captain; Gymnastics Club- President
Transferable Skills: Environmental education, field sampling, research, poster design, public speaking.
Coursework: Adv Aquatic Ecology, Climate Change, Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy, Evolutionary Genetics, Animal Behavior, Paleobiology

Professional Experience

Scientist, Community Science Initiative. Beaufort, NC
Lead marine debris outreach programs for 4th grade classes in Carteret County. Work with researchers and educators to develop community research projects on marine debris and water quality. Coordinate beach clean-ups and educational activities. August 2017-Present
Research Assistant/Naturalist, Outer Banks Center for Dolphin Research. Nags Head, NC
Engaged in long-term photo identification research to understand the ecology and behavior of coastal bottlenose dolphins in the Roanoke Sound. Worked as first mate and naturalist aboard the Nags Head Dolphin Watch. Led tours and delivered information about the dolphins while recording data and photographing dorsal fins to later use in analysis. Completed an independent project to determine the northernmost range of the Northern North Carolina Estuarine System stock of bottlenose dolphins. May-August 2017
Client Project: BoatU.S., Duke University. Durham, NC
Title: The Impact of Algal Blooms on Recreational Boating in Southern Florida
Quantified boater’s perceived impacts of algal blooms; organized and led focus group. Developed and implemented web survey. Performed statistical analysis of results, composed a final report, and presented results to client - BoatU.S.  Spring 2017
Conservation Education Intern, Lehigh Valley Zoo. Schnecksville, PA
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. Fall 2015
Independent Research, Lafayette College. Easton, PA
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 research at the Mid-Atlantic ESA conference and the Lehigh Valley Ecology & Evolution Symposium (LVEES). 2015-2016
Animal Behavior Research, University of Melbourne. Melbourne, VIC, Australia  
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. Spring 2015


environmental education
fisheries science and policy
survey design

Graduation Date

May 2018

Additional Resources

Preferred Location


Preferred Sector

Federal Government
Non-profit / NGO
State / Local Government