Kathryn Quesnell



Since joining PRI, Katie has assisted with wetland delineations and determinations, written wetland reports, and performed monitoring inspections in communities in the greater Chicago area. Katie has training in wetland science, tree inventory and assessment, and hydrogeology. She has a passion for environmental education and community outreach, having previously worked as Outdoor Educator at NIU’s Lorado Taft Field Campus as well as a Science Summer Camp Teacher.


  • M.S., Geology, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL
  • B.A., Biology, Knox College, Galesburg, IL
  • B.A., Environmental Studies Knox College, Galesburg, IL

Passion for the Profession

My passions from a young age have always been in the earth and natural sciences. From a young age, my favorite activities were gardening with my mother and neighbors, and picking up rocks from the shores of Lake Michigan. Attending college, I rekindled my love for geology while studying biology, and a little reluctantly started studying environmental sciences. I begrudgingly took a mandatory class in environmental justice/environmental racism, frustrated that this class took time away from “more serious” science based curriculum. This class was certainly academically rigorous and the most emotionally exhausting class that I have ever taken. Growing up in a major metropolitan city in the rust belt, I had no idea how much the quality of the environment around me affected every aspect of my life and lives of my peers. From that class on, my understanding of the environmental conscious shifted from saving the polar bears or the whales (both still very important) to saving the most vulnerable humans among us. From there, I obtained a masters focusing in environmental geology, and in environmental consultation found an intersection where I could have a fulfilling career, practice science, and help people better understand the world around them so that they may improve their lives.

Outside Interests

My hobbies including biking, hiking, rock collecting and tumbling and Tabletop gaming. I recently adopted two rescue cats.