Kris has been teaching research strategies at St. Olaf for many years as a reference/instruction librarian. She's also part of the Asian Studies and Environmental Studies Departments, and has advisees in each. She worked at Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center for 10 summers, and has led off campus programs to Asia several times. You'll see her around town at the food co-op, in the north woods birding or paddling a canoe, or in her Northfield kitchen creating chocolate concoctions. She graduated from Earlham College with a major in Environmental Education with 3 years of Japanese Studies woven in. Her library science master's degree was earned at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.


Areas of interest and expertise

  • Research Instruction
  • Assessment
  • Facilitating students' transition from novice to informed researcher in a variety of fields
  • Asia, particularly strategies for coping with environmental challenges
  • Food, sustainable agriculture and organic farming, food cooperatives and CSAs
  • Environmental education, especially experiential learning
  • Use of local historical materials via the Northfield History Collaborative
  • EndNote


Liaison to

  • Sustainability





You can find me at the research desk (usually)

  • Mondays from noon - 2:30
  • Tuesday noon - 2:30
  • Wednesday 2:30 - 5pm
  • Thursday 10am - noon