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NameChristina Lyerly


Master of Science: Sustainable Development and Conservation Biology
University of Maryland, College of Computer, Mathematical and Natural Sciences
College Park, MD May 2012

Master of Public Policy Specialization: Environmental Policy
University of Maryland, School of Public Policy
College Park, MD May 2012

Bachelor of Science, Cum Laude: Psychology
University of Mary Washington
Fredericksburg, VA May 1999


Conducted a socioeconomic valuation of an undeveloped area on the south coast of Jamaica and a cost-benefit comparison of different development options, in partnership with the US Fish and Wildlife Agency and the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute

Traveled to Peru to study sustainable development, environmental policies, and human rights

Evaluated a social ecological systems framework using case studies of wildlife management and sustainable hunting by indigenous communities in South America

Compared successful protected area management and conservation outcomes of national parks and reserves in Peru to discern potential strategies that may be used in future South American protected area management


University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES)
Science Communication Assistant, Integration and Application Network
Annapolis, MD Feb 2013–Present

  • Contributed as primary author and collaborated with multiple federal and state agencies and educational institutions to create a “lessons learned” informational resource for water quality managers engaged in Chesapeake Bay watershed restoration activities (public release October 2013)
  • Presented research to the Scientific, Technical Assessment and Reporting team, the Nontidal Water Quality Work Group, and the Tidal Monitoring and Analysis Workgroup of the US Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) Chesapeake Bay Program • Co-authored a synthesis of major themes discussed by stormwater managers, climate change experts and federal and state agencies at an urban stormwater management workshop (public release Fall 2013)
  • Assisted in the coordination of the MADE CLEAR Climate Science Academy for teacher professional development, and contributed content to the redesigned MADE CLEAR website
  • Completed a Science Communications course with training in Adobe Illustrator and Adobe InDesign

The Campaign for Grade Level Reading
Consultant (Funding provided by the Annie E. Casey Foundation and the Tides Foundation)
Baltimore, MD Jun 2012–Present

  • Built an app for iPhones, iPads, and Androids that included all instructional materials used in the Campaign’s Community Networks Conference—a national convening of 550 education leaders
  • Managed data on elementary school student achievement in 30 communities nationwide in order to visually depict school success to the Annie E. Casey Foundation Board of Trustees
  • Collaborated with staff in the education field to support a workshop focused on future goals, benchmarks, metrics, and capacity needs of communities implementing plans to achieve improvements in grade level reading
  • Identified additional capacity building opportunities for the Campaign by researching undergraduate and graduate internship and fellowship programs focused on education, policy and communications

Maryland Department of Natural Resources
Volunteer, Stream Waders Program
Clearspring, MD Spring 2012/2013

  • Collected benthic aquatic invertebrate samples from streams in 24 locations throughout Maryland to assess water quality within the Chesapeake Bay watershed

University of Maryland, College Park
Graduate Assistant Division of Research
College Park, MD Aug 2011–May 2012
Graduate Assistant, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources
College Park, MD  Aug 2009–Jul 2011

  • Partnered with the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) to develop the curriculum of a college-level class in the University of Maryland’s Young Scholars Program
  • Planned four College of Agriculture and Natural Resources commencement ceremonies, consisting of up to 1,200 graduates and guests
  • Advised undergraduate students, including formal review of their academic records to determine if they had fulfilled all university and degree requirements necessary for graduation

World Resources Institute
Water Quality Intern
Washington, DC Jun 2011–Jan 2012

  • Expanded the online interactive map of polluted marine ecosystems by authoring syntheses of peer-reviewed literature on international bodies of water suffering from eutrophication and hypoxia
  • Facilitated meetings for the USDA’s Conservation Innovation Grant partners—including the USEPA and state agencies—to develop a Chesapeake Bay watershed interstate nutrient trading platform
  • Researched existing greenhouse gas market-based credit verification, certification and registration processes for the development of a Chesapeake Bay watershed interstate nutrient trading platform

The Annie E. Casey Foundation
Assistant to the Senior Vice President (SVP)
Baltimore, MD Sep 2004–Aug 2009

  • Coordinated speakers and arranged accommodations, travel, finances, meals, conference materials and on-site logistics for meetings and conferences ranging from small groups to 2,000 attendees
  • Acted as the SVP’s liaison to the Finance and Grants Management Departments, and all external contacts
  • Collaborated with grants assistants to process scopes of work, budgets, and performance measures
  • Prepared the SVP for speaking engagements by gathering all relevant information about the audience and topic

Boyden global executive search
Baltimore, MD Jan 2003–Aug 2004

  • Performed human resources managerial functions for 10 employees, including serving as the company liaison for health insurance, reporting retirement plan contributions, and maintaining flexible spending account records


  • Abstract Accepted for Presentation at the Coastal & Estuarine Research Federation Biennial Conference, Lessons from Chesapeake Bay Restoration Efforts 2013
  • Presenter, Jamaica Institute of Environmental Professionals Biennial Conference on the Environment, Socio-Economic Valuation of Font Hill, Jamaica 2011
  • Best Unbound Idea at World Resources Institute, Interactive Map of Eutrophication and Hypoxia 2011
  • Jacob K. Goldhaber Travel Award, University of Maryland 2011
  • Psi Chi, National Honor Society in Psychology 1999
  • Pi Gamma Mu, International Society in Social Sciences 1998 


  • Treasurer, Graduate Women in Public Policy, 2011/2012 school year
  • Ambassador, United Way of Central Maryland’s 2008 and 2009 campaigns for staff donations at the Annie E. Casey Foundation


Science Communication Publications

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Lyerly CM, Hernandez Cordero AL, Foreman KL, Phillips SW, Dennison WC (2014) New Insights: Science-based evidence of water quality improvements, challenges, and opportunities in the Chesapeake. IAN Press, Cambridge, MD, 52pp (Report)
Batiuk, R; Hernandez Cordero, AL; Dennison, WC; Enloe, MMG; Krikstan, C; Lyerly, CM; Phillips, S (2014) New Insights: Science-based evidence of water quality improvements, challenges, and opportunities in the Chesapeake (Executive Summary). IAN Press, Cambridge, MD, 6pp (Report)