Natural Resource Management Majors

Ansley Watkins

SENR AmbassadorPortrait of Anna Haught
watkins.648@osu.edu
Hometown: Mableton, GA
Major: Natural Resource Management
Specalization: Administration and Management
Minor: Community Outreach and Education

Future Career Plans: After graduation, I would like to complete a fellowship or stint in the Peace Corps before continuing on to graduate school.I want to work combining conservation and education and am especially interested in working outside of the United States or having a significant international portion to a job stateside. 

Favorite Part of SENR/OSU: My favorite part about SENR is learning about topics in class and then being able to recognize those items later on and apply what I have learned to different situations.

Employement Experience: In the summer of 2019, I worked at Indiana Dunes National Park. I created a series of maps showing bee species distribution throughout the Great Lakes Basin and also did some surveying within the park itself. One of my favorite parts of my job was getting to see how different federal agencies collaborate under a common goal, and I also enjoyed learning about different aspects of the National Park Service that are not commonly seen from a visitor standpoint. 

Other Campus Involvements: 

  • Morrill Scholars Program
  • Buckeye Leadership Fellows
  • ENR Scholars
  • LSAMP (Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation)
  • Undergraduate Student Government

Hailey Taylor

SENR Ambassador and Peer MentorPortrait of Anna Haught
taylor.3429@osu.edu
Hometown: Minooka, IL
Major: Natural Resource Management
Specalization: Administration and Managementn

Future Career Plans: I plan to work within recreation areas to create management techniques to allow visitors to experience nature while also minimizing their impact!

Favorite Part of SENR/OSU: I love that although the Ohio State campus is very large, SENR is a small community that truly fosters the growth and success of the students. There is always a familiar face in Kottman Hall and I know someone in every one of my SENR classes. I feel much more prepared for job applications, exploring opportunities, and finding campus resources than some peers outside of SENR, and I feel like the staff of SENR played a large role in that. Also, everyone in SENR is very passionate about their studies and it is very inspiring to witness every day. I love meeting new people and learning that they are an avid birder, rock climber, or plan to hike the entire Appalachian trail. Being around inspired people helps me to pursue my own interests and realize that I have the ability to expand my horizons.

Research Experience: As a research assistant, I helped a graduate student with his project regarding harmful algal blooms within Lake Erie. I became familiar with a coding program and worked on my own throughout the time I helped on the project. This made me realize that I can be involved in research outside of the traditional lab format! I read news articles and coded statements based on the opinions and viewpoints of the speakers. My favorite part was learning more about a topic that interested me while also gaining valuable skills.

Other Campus Involvements: 

  • Boo Radley Society
  • Environmental and Natural Resource Scholars
  • Parks and Recreation Society
  • Student Worker at Sloopy's Diner

Serena Contreras

Peer MentorPortrait of Anna Haught
contreras.92@osu.edu
Hometown: Sheffield Lake, OH
Major: Natural Resource Management
Specalization: Parks and Recreation Management

Future Career Plans: Hope to be in the field of environmental education or potentially wilderness search and rescue.

Favorite Part of SENR/OSU: My favorite part about SENR is learning about topics in class and then being able to recognize those items later on and apply what I have learned to different situations.

Other Campus Involvements: 

  • Society of Ecological Restoration
  • Parks and Recreation Society
  • LGBTQ+ at Ohio State