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Krista Kirkham

Aquatic Ecologist, Illinois

Peoria, Illinois

Krista Kirkham in a field during winter.

Krista Kirkham Krista Kirkham has been an Aquatic Ecologist for The Nature Conservancy in Illinois for 16 years. © Krista Kirkham

Areas of Expertise

Agricultural conservation, water quality monitoring


Media Contact

Isabel Morales




Krista Kirkham is an Aquatic Ecologist for The Nature Conservancy in Illinois. Krista has been with TNC for 16 years and serves as the lead water quality technician for the Mackinaw River Program. Krista works closely with agricultural and university partners to monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of constructed wetlands, cover crops, and other agricultural conservation practices in tile-drained subwatersheds of the Mackinaw River.

Krista received her Bachelor of Science degree from Eastern Illinois University in 2001 and her Master of Science degree from Illinois State University in 2005. Krista is a visiting researcher at Illinois State University and is actively involved in local non-profit organizations, including ParkLands Foundation and the Soil and Water Conservation Society.

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