Krista James


Office: 327 Jarvis Hall - Science Wing
Phone: 715/232-1557


  • Ph.D. course work completed in Applied Plant Science, University of Minnesota, St. Paul (1986-1988)
  • M.S. in Agronomy, University of Georgia, Athens (1986)
  • B.S. in Biology, University of Texas at San Antonio (1980)

Research Interests

  • Galloway Creek research and community education
  • Solid waste minimization and recycling
  • Campus sustainability initiatives
  • Sustainability across the curriculum
  • Environmental education programming in public schools
  • STEM programming that retains under-represented students
  • Water Action Volunteers (WAV) training
  • Red Cedar River Basin monitoring and community education

Courses Taught

  • Science, the Environment and Sustainability (BIO-111)
  • Environmental Science Profession (ENSC-101)
  • Environmental Science Field Experience (ENSC-398)
  • Environmental Science and Sustainability Capstone (ENSC-425)
  • Environmental Science Co-op (ENSC-449)

About Me

I am currently the Program Director for the new Environmental Science Program at UW-Stout.

I'm originally from Pipe Creek, Texas, located in the Texas Hill Country about 60 miles NW of San Antonio. My father still lives there and we visit him each spring break.

I obtained my B.S. degree at the University of Texas at San Antonio. I finished the degree in 3 1/2 years and found I didn't know what I wanted to do with my life. Along with some friends, I traveled and lived in Mexico, Central America and South America. During that 2 year time period, I worked as a research assistant for the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute on Barro Colorado Island, a small island in the middle of the Panama Canal. Afterwards, I worked for the Charles Darwin Research Station on Santa Cruz Is., part of the Galapagos Is, Ecuador. From these experiences, I learned a tremendous amount about other cultures and developed a heightened awareness of global poverty and habitat destruction.

After returning to the United States, I obtained my M.S. degree in Agronomy at the University of Georgia and pursued coursework towards a PhD at the University of Minnesota.

My husband and I have lived in Menomonie for over 20 years. We have 3 children. Among my favorite pastimes are  gardening, traveling, and camping in our wonderful national parks.

Awards I've Received

  • The State of Wisconsin Citizen-Based Monitor of the Year Award
  • Wisconsin Association of Environmental Education Award
  • Outstanding School of Education Partner
  • Chancellor's Award for Excellence
  • Merle Price Award
  • UW-Stout Outstanding Teaching Award Recipient (selection by student vote)