Kristi Straus

Associate Director, Program on the Environment

Associate Teaching Professor

Kristi Straus

Associate Director, Program on the Environment

Associate Teaching Professor

Courses

Education

  • B.A. Biology, Colby College, 1998
  • Ph.D. Aquatic and Fishery Sciences, University of Washington, 2010

I am passionate about environmental conservation and effective teaching, and inspired by UW colleagues doing good work on both fronts. I love the excitement and energy of teaching large classes but really value opportunities to get to know students as people—so please visit! My favorite time in the week is office hours when I can sit with students and drink tea, answer questions, and enjoy this community.

I am deeply invested in sustainability education and want my students to understand both current environmental challenges and how to make changes that matter in their own lives and in the world around them. In addition to teaching in Environmental Studies, I lead a study abroad program to Beijing (PoE China) and collaborate on a study abroad Program in Morocco (Business Morocco).  I also serve as the Associate Director of the Program on the Environment.

I became  motivated by sustainability during my two years serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Morocco; it was impossible to ignore my resource consumption when I hauled my own water from a well and burned any garbage that couldn’t decompose! After two years in Morocco, the waste in America seemed so shocking! Upon my return from Morocco, I spent three years teaching environmental education to elementary school students before beginning graduate school at UW School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences. In 2017, I was the proud recipient of the University of Washington’s Distinguished Teaching Award, and in 2018, I had the pleasure of presenting a TedX Talk at UW.