Kelly Kunsch ’14
“After participating in Chesapeake Semester in the fall of 2011, I wanted to get even more hands-on experience working with the Bay and its environment. The following spring, I happened to mention to Dr. Doug Levin, who I met through the Semester, that I’d like to work at the Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center in Grasonville, MD. Luckily, he had professional connections with the center’s associate director, and we all worked together to set up a restoration internship for me that summer. My time at the center was really enjoyable and rewarding. While learning new things, I also got to put skills that I acquired during Chesapeake Semester to use. Being able to recognize and understand the importance and complexity of environmental issues on the Bay really prepared me for work at the center, whose mission is to promote environmental education, research and restoration for the benefit of the Chesapeake Bay. We also learned to hone our people skills in the Semester, which was helpful as I dealt with the public a fair amount during my internship. I’m very thankful for these great experiences, and the valuable skills they taught me, which helped me grow as a person and will continue to benefit me in the future.”
Kelly is currently working on her thesis studying the effect of re-suspension on bivalve gape behavior. She will be conducting her research at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, in Edgewater Maryland.