Stefanie Kring grew up on the St. Lawrence River at Kring Point, New York. She is currently an assistant professor and lab coordinator at Clarkson University. She received her Master's (2012) and Ph.D. (2014) from Clarkson in the field of Environmental Science and Engineering. At the beginning of Stefanie’s graduate career her work focused on studying nutrient and plankton dynamics in the St. Lawrence River and Lake Ontario. Her dissertation focused on the sustainability of algae biodiesel, but she is now turning her focus back to River work. Stefanie currently lives outside of Alexandria Bay with her fiancé Bill, and their young son, Jackson. She enjoys kayaking, painting, photography, and spending time with family.