Kelly Dobroski

Kelly Dobroski

Career Interests

Marine Debris Mitigation; Coastal Resource Management; Water Quality Monitoring; Marine Policy
Employment Sought:


Master of Environmental Management, May 2019
Nicholas School of the Environment
Duke University, Durham, NC
Coastal Environmental Management
Ocean Policy Working Group, Publication Coordinator Oct. 2017 – Present
Bachelor of Science, cum laude, May 2016
Washington College, Chestertown, MD
Major in Environmental Science
Minor: Biology
Concentration: Chesapeake Regional Studies
Honors: Beta Beta Beta, Kappa Alpha Omicron, Pi Lambda Theta
Thesis: Exploring Feasible Domestic Water Conservation Practices April 2016 Student Environmental Alliance President Aug. 2014 – May 2016 Received recognition for strong leadership qualities and collaborative events

Professional Experience

Environmental Educator, Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, Edgewater, MD 
Led hands-on estuarine education programs for K-6 urban youth for exposure to STEM education and encourage environmental stewardship. Co-developed Ecosystem Connections program to expand STEM programming for 6-8 grade. March - June 2017
Camp Counselor & Science Educator, Chincoteague Bay Field Station, Wallops Island, VA
Developed marine debris citizen science project to explore anthropogenic impacts on marine environments. Educated campers ages 8-18 on local coastal systems and ecology. June - August 2016
STEM Education Intern, Center for Environment & Society, Chestertown, MD
Generated content for science communication via social media for the Chester River Watershed Observatory (CRWO). Developed STEM Education 5E lesson plans to meet NGSS requirements for local K-12 educators. Fall 2014 - Spring 2016
REU Student Researcher, Whitney Laboratory (UF), St. Augustine, FL 
Accepted into the highly competitive Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) funded through NSF. Primary author of independent research project: Presence and abundance of microplastics in Northeast Florida coastal environments (DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.1.2796.8087). Presented research at Sigma Xi Student Research Symposium in April 2016. Summer 2015
Research Assistant, NOAA Beaufort Lab, Beaufort, NC  
Efficiently set acoustic receivers and retrieved sea turtle acoustic data daily. Statistically analyzed 3 months of acoustic data for Loggerhead residency study in Cape Lookout Bight. Analyzed sea turtle literature for research paper submitted for academic credit. Summer 2014
Chesapeake Semester, Washington College
Interdisciplinary program analyzing comparisons between natural and social sciences of the Chesapeake Bay and Peru. Collaborative documentary developed: Where are the Islands?: A Comparative Study of Island Communities. Aug. – Dec. 2013

Additional Information

Ocean Policy Working Group Publication Coordinator (2017-Present)

Sigma Xi Student Research Symposium: Presented Microplastics research April 2016

PADI Open Water SCUBA Certified

ArcGIS Pro


citizen science
environmental education
project management

Graduation Date

May 2019

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Academic Institution
Federal Government
Non-profit / NGO
State / Local Government