Faculty Profile

Kristin Strock

Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies (2014)

Contact Information


Kaufman Building Room 112


Dr. Strock uses modern aquatic ecology and fossil records contained in lake sediments, to explore issues that are critical to effectively managing freshwater resources. Her interests include freshwater and ecosystem ecology and paleoecology, ecosystem response to changes in climate and atmospheric deposition, watershed biogeochemistry, algal ecology, food-web interactions, and freshwater resource management.


  • B.S., James Madison University, 2006
  • M.S., University of Maine, 2010
  • Ph.D., 2013

2016-2017 Academic Year

Fall 2016

ENST 335 Analysis/Mgmt of Aquatic Env
An interdisciplinary study of the aquatic environment, with a focus on the groundwater and surface waters of the Chesapeake Bay drainage basin. This course provides a scientific introduction to the dynamics of rivers, lakes, wetlands, and estuarine systems as well as an appreciation of the complexity of the political and social issues involved in the sustainable use of these aquatic resources. Students conduct an original, cooperative, field-based research project on a local aquatic system that will involve extensive use of analytical laboratory and field equipment. Extended field trips to sample freshwater and estuarine systems and to observe existing resource management practices are conducted. Three hours classroom and four hours laboratory a week. Generally offered in the fall in a two-year alternating sequence with 340.

ENST 550 Independent Research

Spring 2017

ENST 310 Conservation Biology
We appear to be entering the sixth major extinction of biodiversity in the history of life on earth. Unlike the previous five mass extinctions, this one is largely a result of human activity. The field of conservation biology has developed to face the challenge of protecting the world’s biological diversity and to better understand human impacts on species, communities, and ecosystems. In this course, we will examine the biological diversity of life on Earth: what is it, where is it, and how do we measure it? As a class, we will explore the history of diversity change through geologic time and discuss the implications of human activities on biodiversity. Through a series of readings, case studies, and hands-on activities, this course will cover the principles of conservation biology, as well as the ways in which we value biodiversity, including ecological, economic, and ethical perspectives. This course may count as a theme course in both the Environmental Science and Environmental Studies major or as an Applications of Environmental Science course.

ENST 406 Global Environmental Change
The International Human Dimensions Program defines global environmental change as the “set of biophysical transformations of land, oceans and atmosphere, driven by an interwoven system of human activities and natural processes” and its human dimensions as “the causes and consequences of people's individual and collective actions, including changes that lead to modifications of the earth's physical and biological systems.” In this senior seminar, students will explore the response of ecosystems to global change and the human dimension of that change. We will discuss a range of topics, many of which are chosen by students. Topics can include acidification, changes in land use and land cover, the introduction of invasive species, rising temperatures worldwide, changes in extreme weather, or resource extraction. Recent articles in the literature and peer presentations will set the stage for group discussions and hands-on activities. This course is required for environmental studies and science students.