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Kristin Strock

Associate Professor of Environmental Studies (2014)

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on sabbatical 2023-24

Kaufman Hall 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. As an “Explorer” with National Geographic, Dr. Strock is studying carbon cycling in the ice, rivers, and lakes of Arctic environments, such as Iceland and Greenland. She is also leading an effort to better understand toxic algae as an emerging threat in Pennsylvania waterways. This work is a collaboration with local, state, and federal partners to develop data-driven methods that allow us to better manage our freshwater resources in the face of environmental change.


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

2022-2023 Academic Year

Fall 2022

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. Prerequisite: 162.

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.

ENSC 550 Environmental Science Research

Spring 2023

ENSC 550 Environmental Science Research