Skip Navigation

Text Only/ Printer-Friendly


Bronte Payne

Environmental Studies

West Bloomfield, MI
Biology and Economics
Environmental Studies
Favorite Ice Cream Flavor:
Coffee or Rum raisin
Best Adjective to Describe You:

In 10 words or less, why should a student want to be involved in this department?
Environmental Studies examines many real-world issues from different academic perspectives. 

What initially drew you to this department?  What keeps you coming back?
I was initially drawn to this department because of my love for the environment and continue to come back because of the interesting classes, some of which have been my favorite at K!

What’s your biggest piece of advice to first years and sophomores in this department?
My biggest piece of advice would be to take classes within Environmental Studies early, they may help you find other fields you are interested in. 

How does your department connect to your other interests and activities?
Environmental Studies connects with my other academic interests at K, there is a great deal of overlap between biology and economics within the department.

What’s the most valuable thing you’ve learned at K?
To volunteer whenever I can! Giving your time, whether to a club or to the Kalamazoo community can be so rewarding.

What has been your favorite class at K?  Why?
Environmental and Resource Economics with Dr. Hussen. It's an incredibly interesting class and Dr. Hussen is passionate about teaching about current environmental issues.

What is your SIP?
A study of how environmental issues are used within political campaigns.

What are your career aspirations/next steps after K?
After K I would like to attend graduate school for environmental policy and perhaps go on to work for an environmental non-profit.

DSA Spotlights