Kelley Robbins-Thompson

Kelley Robbins-Thompson

What is your previous work experience?
Most recently, I served as the Community Agriculture Director at Athens Land Trust in Georgia, where I oversaw multiple sustainable agriculture programs, a farmers market and 2 urban farms. Prior to joining the Land Trust team, I was an Impact Manager with City Year; and, before that, I ran a youth development program in DC and directed summer programming at an outdoor education center. I was also an outdoor educator at two outdoor schools and am a proud Returned Peace Corps Volunteer (Thailand, '03-'05).

Why did you choose the Nicholas School?
Of the graduate programs I considered, I felt the deepest connection with the Nicholas School. I was quite impressed with and drawn to the school's interdisciplinary approach, the courses offered and the outstanding faculty. I am very interested in engaging in meaningful scientific research and exploring ways to bridge research, policy and management strategies, and the Nicholas School has an excellent reputation for providing these types of learning opportunities. Also, it seems that the Nicholas School community genuinely values the backgrounds and experiences of all students, staff and faculty. And, I have also been extremely impressed with the career services office.

Do you have any areas of interest or special focus you will undertake during your time at the Nicholas School?
I am particularly interested in aquatic ecosystem management within the Ecosystem Science and Conservation concentration. I am also very interested in sustainable agriculture and sustainable food systems. 

What are you looking forward to as a new Nicholas School student?
I am very excited to be a part of and learn alongside such an inspiring community of people. I am really looking forward to expanding my knowledge of the natural sciences, while simultaneously strengthening my ability to make connections among science, management and policy. I am also excited to explore the Duke Forest, learn about the local community and have some outdoor NC adventures.

What are you doing this summer before you arrive at the Nicholas School?
I am wrapping up two awesome years at a land trust in Georgia, helping out at two local urban farms, taking a couple of classes, enjoying the Athens music scene and prepping for my move to NC.

Award ● Field Fellow

Hometown ● Marietta, Georgia

Undergraduate Institute ● Rhodes College

Graduate Institute ● Washington University

Graduation Date

May 2018