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Erika Koontz

Class of 2017
Major/Minor: Environmental Studies/ Biology, Spanish and a concentration in Chesapeake Regional Studies

Regional Alumni Chapter Chair

Choptank Chapter

Campus Involvement
  • President of WAC’s Habitat for Humanity Club (2015-2017)
  • GIS Journeyman Leader
  • Peer Mentor
  • Cater Society of Junior Fellows
  • Student Environmental Alliance
  • Chino Farms Bird Banding Intern
  • Kappa Alpha Omicron, the Environmental Science and Studies Honor Society

High School: Glenelg

Hometown: Woodbine, MD

Recommended Class/Professor: Anything with Dr. Casado Presa, if you’re a Hispanic Studies major/minor (she’s tough, but you’ll learn so much) and Dr. Scott’s Introduction to Natural Resource Economics. In the ENV department, I recommend Dr. Rebecca Fox! She’s very concise and clear about her expectations of you, and genuinely pushes you to improve academically.

What does WC mean to me?

A community of friends. Even as a freshman, I know and am friends with countless numbers of people, many of whom were upperclassmen. Here, I feel like an actual person instead of a number. I’m grateful to go to this school and have made so many awesome memories already.

What are my summer plans? 

I spent my summer living in Chestertown and interning with the Center for Environment and Society as a GIS Technician. My job includes a myriad of responsibilities that included working in the grasslands on Chino Farms finding field sparrow nests, studying field sparrow parental behavior, using GIS to create maps of the field sparrow territories, conducting bobwhite quail listening surveys, and managing a pilot study to raise monarch butterflies in a natural enclosure.

Why did you choose your major? 

I’ve always loved the environment, so choosing to study it was a natural decision. I chose Environmental Studies over Environmental Science because I think it incorporates a broader set of classes and topics. I wanted to have plenty of lab classes, but I was also interested in economics, philosophy, and anthropology.

What is my favorite spot around Chestertown?

It’s a tie between Evergrain and the shoreline. Evergrain has a rustic-chic atmosphere that is quite unique, but the shoreline of the Chester has fresh air and beautiful shore birds.

What is my favorite quote?

“Obstacles are what you see when you take your eyes off the goal.” -Henry Ford