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K. L. Knee Associate Professor and Department Chair, Environmental Science Environmental Science

School for International Training Ecuador: Comparative Ecology program, 2001

Sc.B. with honors in Environmental Science, Brown University, 2002

PhD in Geological and Environmental Sciences, Stanford University, 2010

Favorite Spot on Campus
On the grass, under a beautiful old tree
My research is centered around two main themes: (1) understanding how human activities like oil and gas extraction, mining, agriculture, and urban development affect water quality, and (2) using the natural tracers radium and radon to characterize environmental processes like groundwater seepage, mixing, and gas exchange. I love collaborating with other researchers and doing field work in interesting locations such as Ecuador, Hawai`i, Saipan and American Samoa, as well as closer to home in the DC area. I live in Greenbelt, MD with my wife, daughter, two dogs, and a cat, and in my spare time I enjoy swimming, hiking, reading, cooking, and traveling.
See Also
Knee Ecohydrology Lab
For the Media
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Spring 2024

  • ENVS-196 Selected Topics:Non-Recurring: Urban Gardening

Fall 2024

  • ENVS-500 Ecohydrology

  • HFIT-170 Recreational Activities: Urban Gardening