Leong Kit Ling
Class of 2020
Hi, I’m Kit Ling, and I grew up in Hong Kong, Singapore, Korea, and Malaysia.
When I was twelve years old I caught a frog on the school field in an attempt to impress a boy – I successfully caught the frog, but I don’t think I impressed the boy. I like to joke that this is where my interest in nature and environmental studies started, but the real story is probably less scandalous.
In reality, it was probably my high school Geography department – my teachers were absolutely fantastic, and really spurred me on to pursuing these studies in college.
Presently I’m most passionate about river science and management. It’s a confluence of two broader topics I’m very curious about: natural management resources, and earth systems science.
I’m interested in how humans manage natural resources such as water, soil (it’s so overlooked but it’s such a big deal!), and energy. I’m also intrigued by natural landforms (buttes, gorges, eskers – you name it!) and earth systems sciences (hydrology, atmospheric currents, etc!). And of course, I’m interested in climate change – which ES major isn’t?
Oh, and I really like bugs. When I was small I would catch grasshoppers in the garden for fun, and now Professors pay me to look after spiders and stick insects. It really is the life.