Our Team

Kathryn Stevenson

Kathryn is lucky enough to be leading this talented group. She joined the faculty in Parks, Recreation & Tourism Management in 2016, but has been at NC State since 2011 as a grad student (PhD in Fisheries, Wildlife & Conservation Biology, 2014; Postdoc, Fisheries, Wildlife & Conservation Biology, 2014-16).  She has a BS in Biology from Davidson College and spent eight years working in informal and formal education settings at Catalina Island Marine Institute, Drew School, and Woods Charter School.


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 Undergraduate Researchers

Adrian Chamberlain (@pseudotrees; ajchambe@ncsu.edu) is a rising senior in Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology from Raleigh, NC. He hopes to settle in a career teaching informal wildlife education, and am very passionate about increasing diversity and accessibility in EE.



Mary Helmer (mehelmer@ncsu.edu)is a senior majoring in Environmental Science with a double minor in Soil Science and Environmental Education. From Bryson City, NC, just minutes from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Her biggest interest with EE is agriculture and other related topics such as soil and water conservation, but she loves all things EE and am willing to help any EE project!

Not pictured here: Georgie Babechenko, Emma Feichter, Jocelyn Fifer, Emily Griffith, Katelyn Higgins, Alex Johnson, Katelyn McDow, Huy Nguyen, Anna Poston, Alex Trimarchi, Nick Londono, Blake Wiegand


Former Graduate Students & Postdocs

Danielle Lawson (dafrank2@ncsu.edu) graduated with her PhD in 2019 and was a USDA NIFA Postdoctoral Research Fellow until summer 2020, when she transitioned to Pennsylvania State University as an assistant professor with a joint appointment in the Recreation, Parks & Tourism Management  and the Curriculum and Instruction departments.

Rachel Szczytko worked on the Muddy Sneakers project and graduated December 2017. Rachel is now working as an associate program officer 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 (kathryn_stevenson@ncsu.edu).  You can join our lab majoring in either Parks, Recreation & Tourism Management or Fisheries, Wildlife & Conservation Biology.  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, our Twitter account, 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 2021-22 school year, but you are welcome to reach out to learn more.