Kristen Kunkle

Roles at NAAEE:

eePRO Group Leader

Climate Change Education Group Moderator

EE Consultant
DoGoodery, Blue Lotus

Kristen works as a consultant, supporting research and evaluation to advance environmental education, conservation, and social impact efforts. Kristen's diverse experience working at the nexus of environmental and human systems spans conservation and social impact research and practice, environmental education program development and evaluation, coastal ecosystem restoration, marine mammal rescue and rehabilitation, and literary eco-criticism.

Prior to consulting, Kristen served as the Research & Program Manager for NAAEE, overseeing research-to-practice programs and evaluation capacity building initiatives, managing NAAEE's professional development webinar series, and supporting signature programs with university and federal partners.

With a Master of Science in the Human Dimensions of Environmental Conservation and a Bachelor of Arts in Modern Literature and Cultural Anthropology, both from the University of Florida, Kristen is passionate about understanding the complexities of human societies and behaviors as a pathway for moving people toward a more sustainable future. Her Master's research applied work in social psychology to test methods for engaging people in productive dialogue about polarizing scientific issues.

Before diving into research and evaluation, Kristen worked primarily as a Master Naturalist and environmental educator focused on community-based ecosystem restoration in coastal Florida and aided in the development and evaluation of Project Learning Tree's award-winning curriculum, Southeastern Forests and Climate Change.

In her spare time, you can find Kristen enjoying any and all water activities, overthinking pretty much everything, and weightlifting.