Forestry, Fisheries, and Wildlife Majors

Anna Rose

SENR Ambassador and Peer MentorPortrait of Anna Haught
rose.1472@osu.edu
Hometown: Worthington, Ohio
Major: Forestry, Fisheries, and Wildlife

Future Career Plans: My future career plan is to become a field ornithologist. More specifically, I am interested in the migrational patterns of birds as well as protection of their breeding and stopover habitat. 

Favorite Part of SENR/OSU: My favorite aspect of the School of Environment and Natural Resources is the community and sense of welcome. My best example of this comes from all of the time I spend in Kottman Hall. Even if I only study there for a few hours I will see many friends from SENR and even in my major that greet me. I find it astounding and comforting that even in a school as large as Ohio State, I can see friends and make new ones every day in SENR. The smaller size of the school means that it is easy to get to know a wide number of new and exciting people, and the similarities in passion allow me to create tight-knit bonds with others. This is my very favorite aspect about my school.

Research: My research began two years ago when I built an Eastern Bluebird Nest box Trail at the Brookside Golf-course here in Columbus. Every summer, I manage the condition of the nest boxes as well as observe and record the nesting behaviors of Ohio's cavity nesting bird species.I gained skills in self-motivation and dedication and the best part of the project is getting to see young bluebirds that I helped raise mature, fledge, and return to nest again the following year. 

Other Campus Involvements: 

  • Ornithology Club
  • Volunteer for “Lights OUT!”
  • Students for Recycling
  • Meteorology Club

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: Wildlife field tech positions, preferably in mountainous areas with birds.

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.

Employment Experience: This summer I’m working as a field technician for Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks. I’m learning a ton so far, and my favorite part is getting to spend time in areas out here that I wouldn’t otherwise know about or visit.

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

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

Future Career Plans: Forest ecosystem science and management.

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

Research Experience: I am employed as a research assistant with the United States Forest Service Northern Research Station, assisting with the Emerald Ash Borer research program. I also help at a local tree farm in my spare time, controlling invasive species.

Other Campus Involvements: 

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

Justin Gillilan

Peer MentorPortrait of Anna Haught
gillilan.15@osu.edu
Hometown: Canton, OH
Major: Forestry, Fisheries, and Wildlife
Specalization: Wildlife and Fisheries
Minor: Epidemiology 

Future Career Plans: Graduate school for Epidemiology and eventually working for the CDC where I will hopefully focus on zoonotic diseases 

Favorite Part of SENR/OSU: My favorite aspect is that there is this sense of interconnectedness amongst all of us. Even if we disagree on how things should be done we still have this overlying goal of doing the best for the environment. This also goes with the fact you see past classmates and professors regularly and stay in contact with them.

Research: I have had two research positions. I first started out my freshman year tracking timber rattle snake movements through the use of trail cameras. Through that I learned how to conduct research, analyze and input data better. I currently work for the Aquatic Ecology Lab researching zooplankton and their affects on Harmful Algal Blooms. This experience really gave me the ability to feel confident working in a lab, posing new scientific questions, and how field based research is conducted and then transferred over to a lab.   

Other Campus Involvements: 

  • Ohio State Bass Fishing Club 
  • TerraAqua 
  • Ducks Unlimited 

Lizzy Sakulich

Peer MentorPortrait of Anna Haught
sakulich.3@osu.edu
Hometown: Beavercreek, OH
Major: Forestry, Fisheries, and Wildlife
Specalization: Wildlife Science

Future Career Plans: I hope to explore wildlife rehabilitation as a future career. Wildlife rehab has sparked my interest for quite some time now, and I look forward to the opportunities SENR and OSU provide. I love the hands-on work that entails, but I would also be comfortable in a research-based field or wildlife education department.

Favorite Part of SENR/OSU: The sense of community within this school is incredibly welcoming. No matter who I talk to within SENR, we have something in common. Back in my high school, we had Envirothon, but that was really the only environmental science group we had (and there were just 10 of us in a school of 2400). Here, I feel like I can truly gain the experience and support in this field and find others on a similar path. In addition to peers, the advisers here are absolutely wonderful and have already helped me move forward in both my academics and career. SENR offers the smaller-school feel in a big school like OSU, and it really makes you feel welcomed and appreciated.  

Other Campus Involvements: 

  • SUSTAINS
  • Ornithology Club
  • Human Animal Interactions Club

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: My future career plans involve a fisheries or aquatic science related field. I would like to have a position with some component of field work directed toward fisheries management.

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

Internship Experience: I completed an internship through the National Great Rivers Research and Education Center in the summer of 2018. My research project entailed a genetic survey of topminnows in Missouri. Additionally, I did an internship with the Illinois Natural History Survey in the summer of 2019. My primary responsibilities included field surveys on lakes and streams; sampling of fishes, benthic invertebrates, and zooplankton; fisheries laboratory experiments and maintenance; and data processing and analysis.

Other Campus Involvements: 

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

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

Virginia Rose Whalen

SENR AmbassadorPortrait of Anna Haught
whalen.209@osu.edu
Hometown: Marysville, OH
Major: Forestry, Fisheries, and Wildlife
Specalization: Wildlife and Fisheries

Future Career Plans: I hope to be able to spread information about wildlife conservation and sustainability through environmental education programs. I see myself working in a national park or zoo setting after I graduate.

Favorite Part of SENR/OSU: My favorite aspect about SENR are the strong community bonds that form very quickly. I have loved being able to recognize people by face and by name in the SENR classes that I take, and being able to develop friendships outside of the classroom. Our peer mentors have also made the transition for incoming freshmen far less intimidating and allowed us to form immediate bonds. 

Internship Experience: I had the opportunity to be an intern with Preservation Parks of Delaware County where I served as a naturalist. The main components of my job were creating nature-based education programs for a range of age groups, and taking care of the program animals in our nature center. My favorite part of this internship was getting to interact with children and having the opportunity to teach them the importance of preserving our natural world.

Other Campus Involvements: 

  • ENR Scholar
  • Mountaineers Club
  • Zoology Club
  • Entomology Club