Kenneth De León Colón

PhD Student - Wildlife and Fisheries Biology
Research Assistant
Forestry and Environmental Conservation Department, Baruch Institute of Coastal Ecology and Forest Science

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 Educational Background

B.S. Industrial Microbiology
University of Puerto Rico 2022


Kenneth Rolando De León Colón is a Ph.D. student from Guayama, Puerto Rico in the Department of Forestry and Environmental Conservation at Clemson University. His research primarily focuses on aquatic and microbial ecology, exploring the dissemination of antimicrobial-resistant bacteria in freshwater ecosystems.

Kenneth completed his bachelor’s degree in industrial microbiology with honors at the University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez Campus. During his time there, he worked on research projects in collaboration with the University of Puerto Rico – Medical Science Campus and the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, investigating the impact of environmental factors on maternal health, social capital, and community health resilience.

Driven by his motivation to environmental science, Kenneth also participated in a post-baccalaureate research program at the NSF-funded EMERGE Biology Integration Institute. During this program, he contributed to projects focused on understanding methane cycling in arctic lakes and the implications of climate change.

In his free time, Kenneth enjoys the beach, immersing himself in nature through hiking, and embracing his musical side as he learns to play the guitar (he proudly considers himself a beginner). He strongly believes in the power of interdisciplinary collaborations and that embracing diverse perspectives and backgrounds leads to groundbreaking discoveries in sciences.

Looking forward with passion and purpose, Kenneth is eager to continue his academic journey, committed to making meaningful contributions to environmental sciences through his research.

 Research Interests

Aquatic Ecology & Microbial Ecology


Social Capital, Community Health Resilience, and Compounding Hazards in Corcovada, Puerto Rico