Forestry, Fisheries, and Wildlife Majors

Doug Whitman

SENR Ambassador and Peer MentorPortrait of Anna Haught
whitman.99@osu.edu
Hometown: Reynoldsburg, Ohio
Major: Forestry, Fisheries, and Wildlife
Specalization: Wildlife

Future Career Plans: I’d like to travel a lot, either as a seasonal field tech or a bird guide.

Favorite Part of SENR/OSU: There’s just so much you can do all the time! Ohio State is huge and filled with opportunities and I love it, and with SENR you can make it feel small and get that sense of community too.

Research: I did field work at Hoover Reservoir helping research prothonotary warblers for an SENR grad student. I really enjoyed being outdoors and exploring parts of that area that I wouldn’t otherwise, and I loved being able to watch and learn the quirks and behaviors of individual birds while I was searching for their nests

Other Campus Involvements: 

  • Social Media and Outreach Coordinator for the Ohio State Ornithology Club
  • ENR Scholar
  • Active member of the Mountaineers at Ohio State

Gavin Nupp

Peer MentorPortrait of Anna Haught
nupp.5@osu.edu
Hometown: Canton, OH
Major: Forestry, Fisheries, and Wildlife
Specalization: Forest Ecosystem Science

Future Career Plans: Forest Health - Protect forest resources from insect and disease threats.

Favorite Part of SENR/OSU: Chadwick Arboretum and Learning Gardens, and Stone Lab!

Research:I work with the US Forest Service as a research assistant at the Northern Research Station, studying resistance in Ash and Beech trees to emerging diseases.

Other Campus Involvements: 

  • Vice President of Chrysalis Entomology Club
  • OSU Ornithology Club
  • Forestry Forum
  • SUSTAINS Learning Community

Nate Steffensmeier

SENR AmbassadorPortrait of Anna Haught
steffensmeier.8@osu.edu
Hometown: Columbus, OH
Major: Forestry, Fisheries, and Wildlife
Specalization: Fisheries and Wildlife

Future Career Plans: Fisheries Management or Fisheries Research.

Favorite Part of SENR/OSU: Being close to the Olentangy River and OSU Wetlands to take a break outside.

Research: In the summer of 2018, I did an internship through the National Great Rivers Research and Education Center doing a genetic survey of topminnows in Missouri. In the summer of 2019, I did an internship with the Illinois Natural History Survey. Both of these have expanded my experiences within the fisheries field and have helped guide me toward my desired career path.

Other Campus Involvements: 

  • OSU Fish and Wildlife Society
  • Research assistant in Dr. Gray's Aquatic Physiological Ecology

Rachael Kaiser

Peer MentorPortrait of Anna Haught
kaiser.381@osu.edu
Hometown: Westlake, Ohio
Major: Forestry, Fisheries, and Wildlife
Specalization: Wildlife and Pre-Veterinary

Future Career Plans: Wildlife Veterinarian.

Other Campus Involvements: 

  • STEM EE Scholars
  • Protection and Awareness of Endangered Species Treasurer
  • Fish and Wildlife Society Member
  • Dog foster

 

 

 

 


Valerie Gaulke

Peer MentorPortrait of Anna Haught
gaulke.8@osu.edu
Hometown: Dayton, OH
Major: Forestry, Fisheries, and Wildlife
Specalization: Wildlife and Pre-Veterinary Science

Future Career Plans: Veterinary Medicine with a focus in Wildlife Conservation.

Favorite Part of SENR/OSU: Being a part of a group of people that are passionate about helping the world.

Internship:  I help take care of rehabilitating wildlife at the Red Wolf Sanctuary. All of the animals are native wildlife, including grey wolves, foxes, coyotes, black bears, bobcats, and many raptors. My duties include butchering meat for the animals, socializing with them, taking care of medical needs, etc.

Other Campus Involvements: 

  • Teaching Assistant for ENR 2100 (Environmental Science)
  • Research in Dr. Tonra's Avian Ecology Class
  • Pre-Vet Club

 

 


Johnathan King

SENR AmbassadorPortrait of Anna Haught
king.2348@osu.edu
Hometown: Strasburg, OH
Major: Forestry, Fisheries, and Wildlife
Specalization: Wildlife Sciences

Future Career Plans: I would like to work in conservation biology.

Favorite Part of SENR/OSU:My favorite part about OSU, is the ability to find your place among 60,000+ students. You get so many opportunities to find an activity or group that makes you feel at home. 

Study Abroad: I took part in the Iceland: Environment and Natural Resources program. I learned how Iceland takes advantage of their renewable resources to supply the country with clean energy. I also learned about the struggle between Iceland’s infrastructure and the exploding tourism industry. Officials must find the balance between protecting the natural beauty of the land and also making it accessible to the growing number of tourists that come each year.

Other Campus Involvements: 

  • President of SENR Ambassadors
  • President of Mountaineers at Ohio State
  • Ecosystem Restoration and Fire Management Lab
  • Stadium Scholarship Program
  • Residential Advisor