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School of Environment and Natural Resources


Forestry, Fisheries, and Wildlife Majors

Anna Rose

Peer MentorPortrait of Anna Haught
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 Experience: 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

Dana Bass

SENR AmbassadorPortrait of Anna Haught
Hometown: Lewisville, Texas
Major: Forestry, Fisheries, and Wildlife
Specialization: Wildlife Sciences

Future Career Plans: After graduating, I plan on getting a master’s degree in Environmental Design and Architecture. I would love to move my future career options towards the realm of Sustainable Architecture or Urban Planning to be able to better understand how we can coexist with wildlife in a constructive way as societies continue to grow.

Favorite Part of SENR/OSU: The one thing that I love the most about SENR is that it gives me a "small school" feel within a "large school" social environment. After graduating high school with only 123 other people, I became accustomed to a more intimate and specialized education. Now being a part of SENR, I'm able to enjoy smaller class sizes, connecting with my peers and professors, while also being a part of a larger social network of fun and football.

Research Experience: This past school year I was given the opportunity to work as a Student Research Assistant with the School of Biomedical Sciences Neuroscience here at Ohio State, where I cared for and managed the zebrafish lab under Bevis Hall. The one thing I enjoyed the most was coming in and feeding over a thousand fish from juveniles to adults while observing the different variants and the mutations that each had. My biggest take away from the whole experience was that I realized I could still be a contributing member in a research environment far outside of my field of expertise and enjoy it.

Other Campus Involvements: 

  • Student Assistant for ENR 2100

Gwendolyn Stamper

SENR AmbassadorPortrait of Anna Haught
Hometown: Kettering, Ohio
Major: Forestry, Fisheries, and Wildlife
Specialization: Wildlife and Fisheries

Future Career Plans: I am currently interested in pursuing the field of wildlife biology following graduation. I thoroughly enjoy field work and environmental advocacy and am looking to do pretty much anything that relates to conservation. My dream employers include the National Parks system or the Fish and Wildlife Service.

Favorite Part of SENR/OSU: My favorite aspect of SENR is the community it fosters. Through the ENR Scholars program I’ve met so many incredible people and formed close friendships that I don’t know what I would do without. I always look forward to connecting with students and faculty within SENR because of how passionate and welcoming every individual is. The SENR community truly feels like a home within the huge world of Ohio State.

Research Experience: This summer I am a research aid with the Bumble Bee Lab at Ohio State. I am assisting graduate entomology students with a variety of projects. These include analyzing bumble bee population gene flow across an urban to rural gradient and studying pathogens that infect the guts of bumble bees. I absolutely love this job! My favorite parts are collecting bumble bee samples in the field and doing bee dissections at the lab. Through this position I am gaining invaluable research experience that I look forward to applying to my future career.

Other Campus Involvements: 

  • ENR Scholars
  • German Club
  • Covid Testing Assistant

Lizzy Sakulich

Peer MentorPortrait of Anna Haught
Hometown: Beavercreek, OH
Major: Forestry, Fisheries, and Wildlife
Specalization: Wildlife Science
Minor: Entomology

Future Career Plans: To be quite honest, I am still figuring out exactly what my future career looks like. Some options I am pursuing are research, wildlife rehabilitation, or a role in conservation/education.

Favorite Part of SENR/OSU: The community. Faculty, staff, and peers are all kind and fun to talk to.

Research Experience: I got involved in research with the Bee Lab fall semester of my sophomore year. It has been an incredible experience where I get to help out with lab and field work with bumble bees. My favorite part so far has been going out in the field looking for bumble bee queens!

Other Campus Involvements: 



Virginia Rose Whalen

SENR AmbassadorPortrait of Anna Haught
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