About Me

Hello fellow ecologists! I’m Kerry Kuntz and I am currently a Physical Scientist at the United States Environmental Protection Agency in Washington DC. I came to the EPA as a fellow in the summer of 2015.  At the time I was still finishing my master’s degree at the Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, NY conducting research in aquatic ecology and aquatic biochemistry.  I began to learning programming and applied data analysis and data visualization skills to EPA projects and my own research.   I started this site as a resource for other individuals in the environmental science field who may want to learn R.

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Kerry Lee Kuntz
Physical Scientist
United States Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, DC
Email: kuntz.kerry@epa.gov

EDUCATION

2015
MS Environmental Science
Rochester Institute of Technology
Thesis: Biodiversity and ecosystem function in urban retention ponds
Advisor: Dr. Anna Christina Tyler
GPA: 3.8

2013
BS Environmental Science
State University of New York at Oswego
GPA: 3.5

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

2015 –  present
Project Officer/Physical Scientist
National Center for Environmental Research
Office of Research and Development
US Environmental Protection Agency

2013-2015
Research Assistant
Department of Environmental Science

Rochester Institute of Technology

2010-2013
Academic Tutor

Earth Science Department
State University of New York, Oswego

WORK RESPONSIBILITIES

Project Officer/Physical Scientist,
National Center for Environmental Research
Office of Research and Development
US Environmental Protection Agency
June 2015-present

  • Serves as program manager for multimillion dollar research grants on water quality.
  • Conducts literature reviews and collaborates with internal experts to identify research needs and prioritize issues of national importance
  • Manages the planning, coordination, implementation and evaluation of grants for wastewater management, drinking water quality, nutrient management and green infrastructure implementation
  • Partners with EPA water quality experts to coordinate reviews of research proposals.
  • Serves as a liaison between principal investigators and EPA experts
  • Identifies and synthesizes impactful research results and disseminates them across the agency
  • Collaborates with interagency workgroups to improve internal and external communications and publication tracking

Research Assistant
Department of Environmental Science
Rochester Institute of Technology

  • Collected water quality measurements (conductivity, dissolved oxygen) in field and lab experiments.
  • Analyzed water samples for dissolved nitrate/nitrite, total nitrogen, phosphate, and total phosphorus using spectrophotometric methods
  • Analyzed sediment and water samples for ammonium using the phenol hypochlorite method
  • Analyzed sediment and water samples for chlorophyll a and pheopigments using spectrophotometric methods
  • Performed organic matter and grain size analyses on sediment samples
  • Performed water column and benthic invertebrate sampling and identification to the lowest taxonomic level
  • Applied advanced statistical analyses to investigate correlations in environmental parameters and nutrient concentrations as well as nutrient fluxes

Laboratory Assistant
Department of Environmental Science
Rochester Institute of Technology

  • Prepared equipment and supplies for an Aquatic Ecology lab class
  • ensuring the laboratory is well-stocked and resourced
  • maintained and cleaned laboratory equipment

Teaching Assistant
Department of Earth Sciences
State University of New York at Oswego
 

  • Taught and reviewed material on oceanographic issues and concepts
  • Kept regular office hours and tutored students one on one and in a group setting
  • Graded exams and maintained an online gradebook with lead professor
OTHER KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS
  • Proficient in statistical and geospatial data analysis using R, Python, and ArcGIS.
  • Proficient in developing and maintaining relational databases using SQL and Microsoft Access.
AWARDS & HONORS
  • Presidential scholarship, SUNY Oswego
  • Academic Scholarship, Rochester Institute of Technology 
PUBLICATIONS

Kuntz, K.L and A.C. Tyler, The effect of bioturbating invertebrates on decomposition and nitrogen removal in urban stormwater ponds, to be submitted to Journal of Aquatic Ecology.

Pascual, P. and Kuntz, K.L, Chesapeake Bayes: modeling water quality with spatially and temporally heterogeneous data, in prep

PRESENTATIONS

Kuntz, K.L and Axon, R. “Correlation of rare minerals and aquatic plants in Yellowstone National Park,” QUEST Symposium, Oswego NY, April 17, 2013.

Kuntz, K.L. and A.C. Tyler “Biodiversity and the role of bioturbating invertebrates in nutrient cycling in stormwater ponds” Rochester Institute of Technology Graduate Research Symposium, February 27 2015.

Kuntz, K.L. and A.C. Tyler “Biodiversity and the role of bioturbating invertebrates in nutrient cycling in stormwater ponds” Rochester Academy of Science, November 15, 2014, Brockport, NY

Kuntz, K.L. and A.C. Tyler “Biodiversity and the role of bioturbating invertebrates in nutrient cycling in stormwater ponds” New York State Wetlands Forum, April 14th, 2015, Syracuse, New York

Pascual, P. and Kuntz, K.L, Chesapeake Bayes: modeling water quality with spatially and temporally heterogeneous data, National Center for Environmental Research seminar series, May 18, 2016.

VOLUNTEER ACTIVITY AND OUTREACH

Aug 2013- May 2015
High Acres Nature Area Restoration
Assisted with restoration and research relating to invasive species in created and natural wetlands

Aug 2013-  May 2015
RIT Center for Residence Life
Collaborated with campus partners on sustainability initiatives

Co-founded RIT Foodshare to promote sustainability

Oct 2014- May 2015
Regional Green Infrastructure Showcase
Assisted with planning, designing and monitoring green infrastructure on campus of Rochester Museum and Science Center

July 2013- Aug 2013
Center for Bioscience Education and Technology Bioscience Camp
Served as a wetland expert, taught environmental science concepts

 

 

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