Sarah Stoner-Duncan, MS student

Sarah Stoner-Duncan, MS studentMS Candidate
Individualized Program: Conservation Education

Program Manager The Center for Tropical Ecology and Conservation
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Research Interests

I am interested in community centered conservation and place based education. I believe that by involving communities in the conservation research surrounding them, this can help create awareness and interest in land stewardship and the importance of biodiversity. I am especially interested in tropical ecology and conservation. In particular, I would like to focus on sea turtle conservation through working with programs that relieve poaching pressures on turtle eggs.


Antioch University New England, Keene NH
MS Candidate in Environmental Studies, Individualized Program
Fall 2008;Present

UC Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, CA
B.A. Environmental Studies
Concentration: Ecology and Conservation
Fall 2002;Spring 2004

Sierra Institute (UCSC Extension), Chile, South America
Semester abroad studying conservation of large mammals
Jan 2003;April 2003

University of Oregon, Eugene, OR
Environmental Studies
Fall 2000;Spring 2002

Work/Research Experience

Center for Tropical Ecology and Conservation, Keene, NH
Information Coordinator, September 2007;present

  • Update and maintain website
  • Update and maintain FirstClass forum
  • Update and maintain informational bulletin board
  • Maintain tropical library

USGS and San Francisco Bay Bird Observatory, Davis, CA
Biological Science Technician, GS 6, March 2007;April 2008

  • Crew leader of a team studying the effects of Mercury on colonial water birds as part of a larger ecological restoration project in the San Francisco Bay
  • Weekly nest monitoring of colonial water birds in salt pond and marsh ecosystems
  • Banding, taking measurements, and sample collections from captured birds
  • Fish and invertebrate sampling and identification
  • Data management and data analysis

US Fish and Wildlife Service, Sacramento, CA,
Biological Science Technician GS-5, March 2006;March 2007

  • Worked as part of a team studying the effects of Mercury on pre-breeding and breeding water birds as part of a larger ecological restoration project.
  • Weekly nest monitoring of colonial water birds in salt pond and marsh ecosystems
  • Fish and invertebrate sampling and identification
  • Bird handling including various capture methods, banding, and egg, blood, and feather sample collection
  • Assisting in sample and data analyzing

San Francisco Bay Bird Observatory, Alviso, CA
Assistant salt pond biologist Aug 2005;Feb 2006

  • Conducted monthly avian point count surveys in SF Bay salt ponds
  • Collecting water quality information (DO, Chlorophyll, PH, Conductivity)
  • Data management

San Francisco Bay Bird Observatory, San Francisco Bay, CA
Colonial Waterbird Intern, Spring and Summer 2005

  • Assisted project biologists to nest search and monitor nesting water bird colonies along the San Francisco Bay
  • Assisted in suturing transmitters on shorebird hatchlings
  • Aided in capturing, banding and taking measurements from captured birds

Mauritian Wildlife Foundation, Mauritius, Indian Ocean
Pink Pigeon management team member, June 2004;February 2005

  • Field research on endemic endangered species of pigeon
  • Monitored population by nest searching, monitoring nests, and banding new birds
  • Bird handling and measurements of both squabs and adults
  • Small mammal trapping and handling
  • Data management

Johnny Crow’s Garden, Santa Cruz, CA
Pre-school Teacher, September 2003;June 2004

  • Pre-school curriculum based on learning from the natural world

Other Study, Research, & Travel

  • Backpacking through Sierras Nevada, CA, August 2008
  • Spanish language study and travel in Guatemala, Summer 2008
  • Travel and study in Madagascar, Winter 2005Traveled to several lemur conservation sites to learn about Madagascar’s conservation
    systems and organizations
  • Backpacking through Europe: Spring 2000
  • Three months traveling through Italy, Greece, Spain, Portugal, France, Germany
  • Intensive French Course: Summer 1999, 4 weeks of intensive oral and written work
  • Marine Biology Course, Summer 2000
  • Marin County sites, intensive one-week course


Birds, sea turtles, tropical ecology and conservation, painting, snowboarding, teaching