Christine Kitchens


I am pansexual and polyamorous and I am an aquatic ecology technician.//


I received my BS in Environmental Science from North Carolina State University and my MS in Conservation Ecology from the University of Michigan. I now work full-time as an aquatic ecology research technician. My daily activities range from conducting field research in the Great Lakes to analyzing water samples for various water quality parameters, like nutrients and phytoplankton content. I’m a huge advocate of science communication and present at public events whenever possible.

Growing up in North Carolina, I didn’t encounter any queer spaces until I went to college. I identified as an ally, but I felt a constant draw to the LGBTQ+ community. It actually wasn’t until I moved across the country to attend grad school that I finally started fully exploring my identity. After a particular incident with a peer, I started to realize I was more than just an ally. I ended up coming out multiple times in the span of a few years: first as a lesbian, then again as pansexual, then again as pansexual and polyamorous. I’ve finally found an identity and lifestyle that resonates with me to my core and I wouldn’t have it any other way.