Conservation Analyst (Virginia)
Jessica (Coulter) MacCarthy earned her Master of Environmental Management degree and a certificate in Geospatial Analysis from Duke University, where her research focused on utilizing sensory stimuli to mitigate elasmobranch and sea turtle by-catch in small-scale coastal fisheries. She also worked in the Duke Marine Geospatial Ecology lab where she focused on marine spatial planning in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions. Before that, she earned dual undergraduate degrees in Ecology and Economics from the University of Pittsburgh. Jessica’s prior work has primarily focused on sea turtle and avian research and conservation projects throughout coastal Florida. As a Conservation Analyst at Marine Conservation Institute, Jessica aims to contribute to the process of creating and sustaining protections for vital marine ecosystems by supporting both the Marine Protection Atlas and Blue Parks programs.