Emma Corbitt joined the HRPDC in January 2024. After working and studying in North Carolina for several years, Emma is excited to be returning to Virginia and the Hampton Roads area. Prior to joining HRPDC, Emma served as an AmeriCorps service member in southeastern North Carolina. During this time, she worked with nonprofit organizations on capacity building for their community outreach and environmental education efforts. She had the opportunity to educate students in public schools about coastal sciences through grant funded field trip programs, engage with community members at public events in Brunswick and New Hanover Counties, and facilitate citizen science projects. After serving with AmeriCorps, Emma went on to pursue her master’s in marine science from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. At UNCW she worked with Dr. Ralph Mead in the Environmental Organic Geochemistry Laboratory on her graduate research which was focused on quantifying per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in tidal creeks. Following graduate school, Emma continued to work on advancing PFAS research in the state, serving as a Research Analyst for the North Carolina PFAS Testing Network.
Emma earned a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science with a minor in Green Engineering from Virginia Tech and a Master of Science in Marine Science from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. She grew up just outside of Richmond, Virginia, and has been visiting the Hampton Roads area for her entire life. In her free time, she enjoys surfing at Virginia Beach, sailing in the Chesapeake Bay and spending time with friends and family.