Our Team

Current graduate Students

Jenna Hartley (jenna_hartley@ncsu.edu) is a PhD student working on the Citizen Science & Community Learning project.  She is interested in how citizen science-based EE with kids may translate to community-level learning.


Lauren Gibson (lmgibson@ncsu.edu) is a PhD student working on the the Citizen Science & Community Learning project.  She interested in conceptualizing, operationalizing, and measuring community-level environmental literacy.  What does it mean for entire communities to share understandings, goals, and action strategies?


Brent Jackson (sbjackso@ncsu.edu) is a PhD student.  He is interested in how outdoor education may result in lifelong engagement in science and the environment.



CaitlinCaitlin Reilly (cereill3@ncsu.edu) is an MS student working on the Agritourism & Local Foods project.  She is interested in how getting kids on farms may promote support for local food systems through families.



Zhenzhen Zhang (zzhang59@ncsu.edu) is a PhD student working on an interdisciplinary project linking together stormwater management, green schoolyards, and flood modeling in the city of Raleigh.  Sound interesting?  Ask her about it!



Current Postdocs

Danielle Lawson (dafrank2@ncsu.edu) is a USDA NIFA Postdoctoral Research Fellow.  She’s looking at how climate change education in high school agriculture classrooms might “trickle up” to parents, particularly among Spanish-speaking communities.


Former Graduate Students

Rachel Szczytko worked on the Muddy Sneakers project and graduated December 2017. After working with us for an extra semester as a research assistant & at the NC Office of Public Affairs, Rachel is now working with the Pisces Foundation in San Francisco, CA.

Elke Grether worked on the USDA NIFA Agritourism & Education project and is now pursuing other opportunities back in Oklahoma.

Interested in joining?

Undergraduates: We welcome you to come to our monthly EE Lab meetings anytime.  These are meetings specifically designed to recruit volunteers for projects and involve undergraduates in research.  Click here for the current agenda/minutes, which often includde specific opportunities to get involved.  Email Dr. Stevenson (kathryn_stevenson@ncsu.edu) if you would like to be added to the email list and calendar invites for these meetings.

Prospective graduate students: If you are interested in joining the lab, please send a cover letter, CV, and writing sample to Kathryn (kathryn_stevenson@ncsu.edu).  If I have an immediate opportunity and you are a good fit, I will contact you directly.  I also will post any available positions on this site, the NAAEE jobs board, and other relevant boards.  You may also email any of our current students to learn more about what it’s like working with us.  It is unlikely that we are accepting any new applicants for the 2020-21 school year, but you are welcome to reach out to learn more.

Other Collaborators

Beyond the talented group of colleagues in the Parks, Recreation & Tourism Management department, we also collaborate with students and faculty across campus.


Megan Ennis, PhD student in Science Education
Rene Valdez, PhD Student in Fisheries, Wildlife & Conservation Biology
Kaly Clark, MS Student in Fisheries, Wildlife & Conservation Biology
Hannah Shapiro, Junior in Fisheries, Wildlife & Conservation Biology
Megan Owens, Senior in Fisheries, Wildlife & Conservation Biology

Faculty and Staff

Whitney Knollenberg, Assistant Professor, Parks, Recreation & Tourism
Carla Barbieri, Associate Professor, Parks, Recreation & Tourism
Katie Martin, Assistant Professor, Forestry & Environmental Resources
Yuan Yao, Assistant Professor, Forest Biomaterials
Nils Peterson, Associate Professor Fisheries, Wildlife & Conservation Biology
Renee Stnrad, Environmental Educator in Forestry Extension
Sarah Carrier, Associate Professor in Elementary Education
Susan Moore, Director of Extension & Outreach, Forestry Extension
Howard Bondell, Associate Professor in Statistics
Travis Park & Wendy Warner, Associate Professors of Agricultural Education & Extension
Laurell Malone, Professor and Department Chair in Educational Leadership, NC Central