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Students and faculty Katherine Adelsberger in the Environmental Studies course Soil Science take samples and GPS data from burned and unburned prairie and forest sites at Green Oaks.

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Katherine Adelsberger

The Douglas and Maria Bayer Endowed Chair in Earth Science

2 East South Street

Galesburg, IL 61401-4999



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The prairie at the Green Oaks Biological Field Station.

A Knox environmental studies education opens doors to many possible futures for our graduates.

Some are pursuing their education...

  • Graduate Student, Evergreen State College. Leslie Carman '15.
  • Graduate Student in Urban Planning, University of Illinois at Urbana. Emily Weimer '13.
  • Graduate Student in Geology, Northern Illinois University. Kathryn Quesnell '12.

Some go into the environmental studies field...

  • Research Assistant, Central Michigan University. Michael Belitz '14.
  • Research Assistant, Global Resilience Institute. Mary Warner '13.
  • Ecologist, Planning Resources Inc. Kathryn Quesnell '12.
  • Plant Health Care Specialist, Wright Outdoor Solutions. Shane Donegan '10.
  • Therapeutic Horticulture Supervisor, Missouri Botanical Garden. Rachel Deffenbaugh '09.
  • Biological Science Technician, U.S. Forest Service. Jason Isbell '04. Bedford, Indiana.
  • Environmentalist, U. S. Environmental Protection Agency. Marcia Damato '87. Chicago, Illinois.

Some go into education...

  • Assistant Media Librarian, Decatur Public Schools. Rebekah Nadler '16.
  • Science Teacher, Aurora East High School. Jessica Joyce '11. Glen Ellyn, Illinois.
  • Science Teacher, Cissna Park School District. Daniel Priesto '07. Cissna Park, Illinois.
  • Teacher, Broward County Public Schools. Lindsey Klink '03. Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

And some have found success in other fields...

  • Data Analyst, DuPage Federation on Human Services Reform. Jordan Durrett '13.
  • Special Programs and Grantmaking Support, The Pollination Project. Selene Gonzalez '08.
  • Network Real Estate, Site Acquisition Project Manager, Mobilitie, LLC. Daniel DiMeo '09.
  • Legal Consultant, LexisNexus, Miamisbu, Ohio. Christina Holloway '96.

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Environmental Studies Alumni Working in Related Field

Top Employers of Environmental Studies Alumni

  1. Knox College
  2. The Association of The United States Army
  3. The Davey Tree Expert Company
  4. Purdue University
  5. Sitka Salmon Shares
  6. State of Illinois


Estimated Salary of Alumni with Environmental Studies Degrees

Top Occupations of Environmental Studies Alumni

  1. Personal Service Managers
  2. Postsecondary Teachers
  3. Environmental Scientists
  4. Marketing Managers
  5. Office Supervisors
  6. Administrative Assistants
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