MEM Student, Duke University
OIMB created wonderful experiences and prepared me well for the world after an undergraduate degree. While at OIMB, I never really thought about pursuing a Master’s degree. Once out of college and while working as a Marine Science Instructor at the Catalina Island Marine Institute, I realized how much I missed learning in a classroom. I knew I didn’t want to pursue a Ph.D., so I thought a professional degree would be great and boy was I right.
I am currently working towards my Master of Environmental Management in Coastal Environmental Management at Duke University. In addition, I am pursuing certificates in Geospatial Analysis, Community-Based Environmental Management, and International Development Policy. My studies at Duke have included using drones and remote sensing to map the human impacts on sea turtles on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. My master’s project is about technology innovation in the blue economy specifically aquaculture. My time at Duke has broadened my experiences and I have been able to collaborate with many different professors and students. I am currently interning at the Marine Conservation Institute and assessing marine protected areas in the United States.