Kelsey Rowland

Kelsey Rowland

Career Interests

I am interested in community water systems from both a scientific and social perspective. I hope to close the gap between science and practice to help provide clean water for drinking and sanitation in underserved communities.
Employment Sought:


Master of Environmental Management, May 2019
Duike University, Durham, NC
Concentration(s): Water Resource Management
Foreign Language Area Studies Fellowship Recipient, Spring 2018
Bachelor of Science, cum laude, Aug 2014
University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC
Major(s): Environmental Science
Minor(s): Anthropology and Spanish
Honors from the South Carolina Honors College

Professional Experience

Graduate Assistant, Duke University Superfund Research Center, Durham, NC
Developing a website and supplemental material to educate community gardeners on soil contamination. Conducting community surveys to assess sources of garden soil contamination and routes of exposure. Sep 2017- Present
Stanback Intern, North Carolina League of Conservation Voters, Raleigh, NC 
Conducted research on environmental justice issues to help craft PowerUp NC’s platform on sustainable, equitable development in Raleigh, NC, which is communicated to citizens and legislators. Reviewed literature and legislation relating to residential energy efficiency, sustainable development, and renewable energy in order to support suggestions made to City Council. May- Aug 2017
Associate Scientist, Environmental Consulting Services, Inc., Middletown, DE 
Collected and processed fish, macroinvertebrate, and water samples to ensure power companies’ compliance with Section 16(b) of the Clean Water Act. Created fish database synthesizing multiple taxonomic guides; as a result, was implemented by the company, improving efficiency and accuracy of larval and egg identification. Managed databases and oversaw quality control for two projects. Analyzed data and wrote environmental assessment reports for clients. Mar 2015 – Jan 2017
Research Intern, Conservation Voters of South Carolina, Columbia, SC 
Analyzed state environmental law and enforcement to support lobbying efforts. Wrote informational material for state legislators on critical conservation issues to inform policy decisions. Built an interactive, web-based story map of the Smith Branch watershed using GIS to show the public local stream pollution. Developed strong editing skills by reviewing grant proposals and public announcements. 2014
Sales & Marketing Intern, Midlands Biofuels, Columbia, SC 
Recruited nearly 100 schools and businesses to supply waste oil to the company to augment the company’s biodiesel production. Marketed the “Biodiesel 4 Schools” program.  2014

Additional Information

Laboratory Skills: Ithyoplankton and macroinvertebrate taxonomy, water chemistry readings

Languages: English (native), Spanish (advanced), Portuguese (intermediate)

IT Skills: GIS, Coding (HTML, CSS, JavaScript), Microsoft Suite, Statistica Leadership: Duke Water Network, First Year Representative


clean water act compliance
community-based management
public health
stakeholder engagement
water resources management

Graduation Date

May 2019



Preferred Sector

Academic Institution
Federal Government
Non-profit / NGO
Research Institute / Think Tank
State / Local Government