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Environmental Quest Takes Kyle Honsinger to the University of Copenhagen
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Kyle HonsingerCaring for the environment has been deeply ingrained in Kyle Honsinger's heart since his teenage years. In 2002, an unfortunate tragedy occurred where Kyle and his family were forced to move from their home for two weeks during the Rodeo-Chediski fire in east-central Arizona. This environmental disaster burned down more than 300 homes in his hometown alone.

"An area almost the size of Rhode Island was left charred," explained Kyle. "The fire is what [first] piqued my interest in environmental studies."

The recent graduate, earning a Bachelor of Science in Physics with a minor in Catholic Studies from the University, is accustomed to packing up his belongings and moving to a new environment. This fall, Kyle will be attending the University of Copenhagen for the next two years to earn a Master of Science in Climate Change.

Enthused about his next adventure, Kyle said, "I'm very excited about the program, leaving my comfort zone again, making new friends, learning Danish, and just gaining yet another perspective on the world I live in."

Considered to be the leading university in Denmark and one of the best in Europe, Kyle will assume three semesters of coursework and in the final semester devote his time to a thesis.

Seton Hall University Professors Judith Stark, Marian Glenn, and Jose L. Lopez are among the many that helped Kyle to solidify his interest in environmental studies.

After spending two years working with Professor Lopez in the Laboratory of Electrophysics and Atmospheric Plasmas (LEAP) in the Department of Physics, and later learning about the environment and climate change during the fourth colloquia of the University Honors Program, Kyle said he found the topics fascinating.

"The educations I have received mixed with my personal experiences with the environment have led me to develop a desire to protect it," Kyle added.

Speaking about Kyle's diligence in the lab, Professor Lopez said, "He led efforts to research methods to use atmospheric plasmas to destroy the environmentally harmful greenhouse gas of methane in air while being unselfishly motivated to serve as steward to the environment."

Since, Kyle has worked in various capacities involving wildlife. He's spent a few years on the Youth Conservation Corps crew at the U.S. Forest Service, as well as a wildlife biologist aid working with the Mexican spotted owl and the northern goshawk.

Kyle will spend most of this summer stationed in a tower about fifteen miles from his house on the lookout for smoke.

Although Kyle is still unsure about what type of job he would like after his graduate program, he is certain about one thing: "[Environmental studies] is the field I need to put my efforts into," Kyle assured.

For more information please contact:
Jose Lopez
(973) 761-9057
jose.lopez1@shu.edu

 

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