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School of Environment and Natural Resources


Graduate Students Host Research Symposium

May. 2, 2024
Posters on display with people talking with the poster presenters.

Advancing knowledge and fostering professional development 

School of Environment and Natural Resources (SENR) graduate students hosted their annual student research symposium on April 22 at the Fawcett Center. The symposium offers an opportunity for all SENR undergraduate and graduate students to highlight their current research and network with environment and natural resources organizations.  

Key highlights of this year’s symposium included two poster sessions with a total of 22 posters on display and two oral presentation sessions featuring 12 talks, a luncheon and the presentation of awards sponsored by Ohio Sea Grant, the Ohio Environmental Council, Davey Resource Group, and the Water Management Association of Ohio. 

The following students were recognized with awards: 

Aidan McCarthy - Using light detection and ranging (LiDAR) data to model green salamander habitat in Ohio recognized for Best Oral Presentation, sponsored by the Ohio Sea Grant 

Marissa Roseman - Genomic consequences of population isolation in Timber Rattlesnakes for Best Graduate Research Poster, sponsored by the Ohio Environmental Council A group of award winners holding certificates.

Lillian Labus - How the treatment of harmful algal blooms by nanobubble ozone technology affect lake nutrients for Best Graduate Research Poster, sponsored by the Ohio Environmental Council 

Sarah Grace O'Donnell - Brood success and climate change: How temperature affects reproductive output in a freshwater fish for Best Undergraduate Research Poster, sponsored by Davey Resource Group 

Anna Rose - Tick infestation and pathogen consequences for Ohio Appalachian breeding bird species for Best Research Proposal Poster, sponsored by the Water Management Association of Ohio 


Graduate students providing leadership for this year’s symposium – serving on the planning committee included:  

Chairs: Allison Williams and Abby Thiemkey

Fundraisers: Ashlyn Halseth and Jess Dong

Registration Desk: Olivia Ruppert and Julia Glandorff

Moderators: Aidan McCarthy, Ashlyn Halseth, Jess Dong

Helper: Dylan Darter 

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2024 SENR Student Research Symposium Sponsors

Platinum Sponsors: Davey Resource Group Inc., Ohio Environmental Council, Water Management Association of Ohio, and Ohio Sea Grant. 

Gold Sponsors: Ohio Air Quality Development Authority and Ohio Environmental Protection Agency. 

Silver Sponsors: ODNR Division of Geological Survey, Mad Scientists Associates LLC, The Nature Conservancy, and Ohio Natural Areas & Preserves Association 

Bronze Sponsors: Ohio Wildlife Management Association, Shared Power Network, and Ohio Pollinator Habitat Initiative 

Learn more about the SENR Student Research Symposium >> 

Photos by Duane Gandelot.