Craig Kunkel

Craig Kunkel

What are your majors? Environmental science, certificate in environmental studies

Expected graduation: May 2021

What inspired your interest in the environment and/or community? Environmental problems do not respect borders, nationality, cultural identities, or political affiliation. Just as how all ecosystems are connected, all people are stakeholders in the environment, though some more than others depending on the problem. Environmental problems are complex with multiple vectors and causes and, as a result, there is no single approach with which to solve them.

The most robust and pragmatic solutions are therefore likely to come from a collaboration of diverse people representing a broad range of scientific disciplines, life experience, practical skills. I joined the CESP so that I may develop my intellectual toolbox, through interactions with diverse stakeholders in the environment, so that I may be a part of solving the problems which impact us all.

What would you say (or do you say) to other students about CESP and the Nelson Institute? I have yet to see as diverse a group as this, working towards a common interest, on any college campus.

Something few people know about you: I was a troublemaker and a rebel for much of my youth. I could tell you stories that might make your jaw drop.

Something else about you? I welcome people to come with me on stream biodiversity surveys.