As a companion to ERM 497A, a Spring 2014 course on Chesapeake Bay Issues and Careers, on March 20, 2014, the AEC and ENRI sponsored “Chesapeake Bay Issues and Careers: A Panel Discussion.”

This event introduced Penn State students to the wide variety of environmental career opportunities that exist in efforts to restore the Chesapeake Bay, spanning multiple disciplines, areas of expertise, and job sectors. Students had an opportunity to network with professionals in private and public sectors during an informal reception. Following the reception, a facilitated career panel was held, where panelists shared their career stories and career advice, and answered student questions.


  • Andrea Blosser- Section Chief, Conservation, Restoration and Inspection, PA Department of Environmental Protection
  • Matt Ehrhart- Director of Watershed Restoration, Stroud Water Research Center
  • Mark Gutshall- Principal and Founder, LandStudies, Inc.
  • Peter Hughes- Senior Environmental Scientist, RETTEW Associates, Inc.
  • Jenna Mitchell- E&S Technician, Lancaster County Conservation District
  • Trevor Weaver- Outreach and Technical Assistant, Mifflin County Conservation District

Thanks to

Penn State Career Services

Department of Ecosystem Science and Management

Benjamin's Catering

Penn State Media Tech

Student volunteers: Kaitlyn Benson, Kelly Doyle, Delainey Loedding, Jenna Mitchell and AnneLiese Nachman