Kristen Saacke Blunk
Kristen Saacke Blunk served as senior extension associate and director of the Penn State Agriculture and Environment Center (AEC) from it's start in 2008 through August, 2012. The AEC, an initiative of the College of Agricultural Sciences, Environment and Natural Resources Institute, and Cooperative Extension, seeks to connect science, policy, and partnerships to solve problems and resolve issues to improve the balance of agriculture with the environment. Kristen has a bachelors of science in biology from Virginia Tech and masters of forest resources in fisheries and wildlife sciences from Penn State. Her primary focus has been partnership-led water resource and watershed management within the public-, private-, and NGO sectors. Prior to joining Penn State and serving local conservation and watershed initiatives (Spring Creek and Penns Creek), she was the environmental assistance manager for Tennessee’s Pollution Prevention and Environmental Awareness program.
Kristen enjoys backpacking the Mid-State trail with her husband, Joel Blunk, and also is a novice paddler on Pennsylvania's waters. Her college-aged sons grew up exploring wetlands and creeks and were conducting macroinvertebrate studies and stream assessments before they could talk.
She is now working in support of the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation's Chesapeake Bay Stewardship program, in project development and monitoring.
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