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Environmental Science Majors

Alex Poling

SENR Student Ambassador and Peer MentorPortrait of Anna Martin
Hometown: Maineville, Ohio
Major: Environmental Science
Specalization: Ecosystem Restoration
Minor: Professional Writing

Career Interests: I'm currently looking into science and environmental communications!

Favorite Part of SENR/OSU: Having the opportunity to look at environmental issues through a variety of lenses (chemistry, policy, psychology, ecology, etc.).

Internship/Research Experiences: I spent the summer of 2022 working for the Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center where I met with Ohio State administrators, made informational graphics, and worked on their website to help bring awareness to the Byrd Center and help them raise money for the desperately-needed renovation of their ice core facility.

In fall of 2022, I'm working at the Knowledge Exchange (part of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences) to explore my interest in science communications. I'm writing articles and working on projects to help translate research coming out of the college for a general audience.

Other Campus Involvements:

  • Sustainability Liaison in Undergraduate Student Government
  • SEEDs Cohort Member
  • Buckeyes for Accessibility


Alexandra Haritos

SENR Student Ambassador and Peer MentorPortrait of Anna Martin
Hometown: Hilliard, OH
Major: Environmental Science
Specalization: Water Science

Career Interests: I hope to work for the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) after I graduate. Also, I want to pursue a Master's in Water Issues or Water Security. I am a water person!

Favorite Part of SENR/OSU: I love the SENR community we have built. Everyone has made our school feel like home and I do not feel like a number which was a fear I had when coming into OSU.

Internship Experience: Last year (May-Dec) I worked with OEPA in the Division of Drinking and Ground Waters (DDAGW) in the Information Management Section doing Lead and Copper outreach. This summer I worked in DDAGW again but for the Emerging Contaminants Section doing Harmful Algal Bloom training and PFAS training and data management.

Other Campus Involvements:

  • Society of Ecological Restoration
  • Sigma Epsilon Phi
  • Choose Ohio First Scholar



Ashley Malenfant

SENR Student AmbassadorPortrait of Anna Martin
Hometown: Dayton, Ohio
Major: Environmental Science

Career Interests: I am not sure what my future career plans are yet. I would like to work outside and help people by improving their environmental living conditions.

Favorite part of SENR/OSU: I really like the close knit environment of SENR. The faculty are very reachable and they all want to help you succeed. SENR is relatively small which I enjoy because it allows me to make connections. However, there are still a lot of opportunities available for career development and fun.

Campus Involvements:

  • Environment and Natural Resources Scholars
  • Environment and Natural Resources Leadership Council
  • Student Instructional Assistant for ENR 3500
  • STEP program


Ben Phillips

SENR AmbassadorPortrait of Anna Martin
Hometown: Nashport, OH
Major: Environmental Science
Specialization: Water Science

Career Interests: To attend graduate school at Ohio State and then work for USGS.

Favorite Part of SENR/OSU: The sense of community that I feel whenever I am in SENR classes.

Internship Experience: I have worked at the US Forest service for the past two summers focusing on propagating and testing Dutch Elm Disease tolerant American Elm trees 

Other Campus Involvements:

  • Undergraduate research
  • Crop Science Lab assistant
  • Student Assistant for ENR 2100


Chris Kalman

Peer MentorPortrait of Anna Martin
Hometown: Lewis Center, Ohio
Major: Environmental Science (Pre-Law)
Specalization: Ecosystem Restoration
Minor: Philosophy

Career Interests: Practice law and litigate against major corporations conducting environmental abuse. 

Favorite Part of SENR/OSU: The closeness of the community, getting to know familiar faces.

Internship/Research Experiences: I was a research assistant on a social science project looking to identify the representation of Indigenous Persons in national parks across the United States. I presented this research in Puerto Rico at the 2022 SACNAS conference. I also work as a Research Technician at the Heffner Wetlands where I have assisted in a number of natural science projects since late May. In this position, I was able to take a variety of samples across the midwest, spending long days in gorgeous rivers. Currently, I am working on my own thesis regarding invasive crayfish and nutrient availability in Dr. Pintor's lab!

Other Campus Involvements:

  • Wetlands Research Technician

  • SACNAS Undergraduate Recruitment Chair

  • SENR Peer Mentor


Dani Alabyadh

SENR Ambassador and Peer MentorPortrait of Anna Martin
Hometown: Tarout Island, Saudi Arabia
Major: Environmental Science
Specalization: Ecosystem Restoration
Minor: Women's Gender and Sexuality Studies

Career Interests: I hope to get into graduate school to research coastal wetland plant ecology, specifically mangroves and reeds, or get into a sustainable community development program to study the impact of urbanization on ethnic minorities and marginalized groups in combination with restoration ecology.

Favorite Part of SENR/OSU: I really love the sense of community within SENR, everyone is friendly and passionate about what they are doing and I think it’s what makes SENR unique. It’s very easy to reach out to others and connect with both undergraduate and graduate students, as well as faculty members and staff here in SENR. I also love how well-established the programs are, there’s an opportunity for everyone in all aspects of environmental science and sustainability.

Research Experience: I’m currently working on research involving arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi in wetland soils as a member of the Bennett Lab in the Department of Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology. I really enjoy being involved in research as it allows me to think critically and apply the knowledge I have gained from the ENR classes I have taken.

Other Campus Involvements:

  • CFAES Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Action Council
  • CFAES Student Council
  • Buckeyes for Accessibility
  • Society for Ecological Restoration
  • Sustainability Assistant at the Office of Student Life Energy Management and Sustainability 


Kendyl Trem

SENR Student Ambassador and Peer MentorPortrait of Anna Martin
Hometown: Aurora, OH
Major: Environmental Science
Specalization: Water Science
Minor: Ecology and Evolution, and Spanish

Career Interests: I have a lot of options that I am considering— and that is the beauty of an Environmental Science major, there are so many routes to choose from. The first thing I am considering doing is going to get my master's in Marine Biology!! I am also considering law school for environmental law, or vet school to pursue marine veterinary sciences.

Favorite Part of SENR/OSU: My favorite aspect of SENR is the tight community we all share. I know this is a cliche, but being in SENR at OSU really makes a big school feel small, and that’s why I love SENR. There are so many opportunities and everyone is always there to help you.

Other Campus Involvements:

  • Campus Cleanup Crew
  • Sierra club at OSU
  • TerrAqua


Landon Chase

SENR Student AmbassadorPortrait of Landon Chase
Hometown: Worthington, Ohio
Major: Environmental Science
Specalization: Environmental Molecular Science

Career Interests: I plan on attending graduate school after completing my B.S.  I want to be able to continue to grow my knowledge and do research within environmental sciences and graduate school will be the best place to do so.

Favorite part of SENR/OSU: My favorite part of SENR is the community that is within the school.  When I first started taking SENR classes I could really tell that my professors and fellow students wanted me to succeed within my course work.  There is a large sense of belonging within the school which is something I really have enjoyed.

Internship/Research Experiences: This past summer I completed research through an REU program at Washington State University.  Using the systems modeling platform STELLATM I analyzed methods of biochar production and their feasibility in the state of Washington.  Using this data we were able to find the valuation of each investment, how much carbon would be offset, and the size of production.

Campus Involvements:

  • Organic Chemistry Mentor
  • Alpha Phi Omega


Maddie Sisk

Peer MentorPortrait of Anna Martin
Hometown: McLean, Virginia
Major: Environmental Science
Specalization: Environmental Molecular Science
Minors: History, Biology

Career Interests: Working in environmental remediation and preventing the improper dumping of hazardous waste.

Favorite Part of SENR/OSU: My favorite part of SENR is how close knit the community is! My favorite part of OSU is definitely those many opportunities the university gives to us students. 

Internship/Research Experience: Currently, I am working with a team of students to create a map of the environmental impact of different businesses here in Columbus. We’re compiling ECHO .csv files and data then sorting them using R to import into ArcGIS. Our goal is to help increase awareness of the environment around us on a local scale.

Other Campus Involvements:

  • Mock Trial
  • Research


Mary Kate Rinderle

SENR Student Ambassador Portrait of Anna Martin
Hometown: Columbus, Ohio
Major: Environmental Science
Specalization: Water Science

Career Interests: I’d like to go to grad school in fall 2023 to study limnology or aquatic biology. I’d like to one day go into research—whether that’s academia or government, I’m not sure yet—hopefully studying anthropogenic effects on the health of aquatic ecosystems through the lens of phytoplankton or nutrient cycling.

Favorite part of SENR/OSU: My favorite part of SENR is the unique opportunities we are given in the class setting. Many of the classes have labs outdoors or in the river, and we commonly take field trips other places. This kind of hands-on learning does a great job of keeping us engaged.

Internship/Research Experiences: I was an H2Ohio intern at ODNR this past summer. ODNR’s main goal is to place or restore wetlands in the landscape. I helped to manage the 113 wetland projects to ensure that the projects were running on time and within budget. 

I also had a REU at Stone Lab this summer. I spent June and July on Gibraltar where I studied limnology under the guidance of Dr. Justin Chaffin. My project looked at the effects of experimental scale on the response of different types of phytoplankton to nutrient enrichments. We added the same nutrient enrichments to lake water that was contained in either 2L bottles or 2,200L mesocosms and measured the concentrations of Cyanobacteria, diatoms, green algae, and cryptophyta at each scale.

Campus Involvements:

  • Honors
  • Working in Dr. Gabor’s hydrobiogeochemistry lab
  • TerrAqua


Mia Craigo

SENR Student AmbassadorPortrait of Anna Martin
Hometown: Mount Vernon, Ohio
Major: Environmental Science
Specalization: Ecosystem Restoration

Career Interests: I want to work in urban restoration and have a passion for environmental justice!

Favorite part of SENR/OSU: My favorite part of OSU is the marching band!

Internship/Research Experiences: I haven’t yet had any internship or research experience, but I’ve volunteered for a summer at the Brown Family Environmental Center in Gambier, Ohio. I gained experience in forest and prairie management as well as wildlife monitoring.

Campus Involvements: I work in event operations at the Ohio Union, and I serve on the Student Advisory Council in the Ohio State Marching Band, which I am a fourth year member of.


Miles Withers

SENR Student Ambassador Portrait of Miles Withers
Hometown: Coulmbus,Ohio
Major: Environmental Science
Specalization: Water Science

Career Interests: I am planning on working for the National Atmospheric and Oceanic Administration (NOAA) as an Oceanographer in Washington State. My field of interest also includes Great Lakes Fisheries and Ecosystem Restoration where various research initiatives are used to plan, design, and implement projects to restore wetlands and water quality.

Favorite part of SENR/OSU: The opportunities that that are made available to all students! Environmental Science is a very broad field and it can be hard to find your niche. SENR provides a variety of involvement opportunities through classes, research experience for undergraduates (REUs), clubs, internships, etc... so you can narrow down your specialization and find your direction.

Internship/Research Experiences: I volunteer with a group called the Friends of the Lower Olentangy Watershed (FLOW) in their stream quality management data collection team. We sample two sites at a time on various streams that connect to the Olentangy River. During our samples, we gather data including temperature, turbidity, conductivity, TDS, and salinity. We also make observations of bank erosion, riparian buffer, trash buildup, habitat (riffle zones or stagnant areas), and finally, aquatic macroinvertebrates which all give us a general understanding of the overall water quality.

Campus Involvements:

  • Rock Climbing Team
  • Disc Golf Club
  • Cycling Club
  • Mountaineers


Oliver Xu

Peer MentorPortrait of Anna Martin
Hometown: Beijing, China
Major: Environmental Science
Specalization: Ecosystem Restoration
Minor: Business

Career Interests: I decided to apply for graduate programs in environmental management and sustainability, and hopefully I can work in environmental consulting company in the future.

Favorite Part of SENR/OSU: As an international student, I really love the sense of community when I have class in SENR. It's just like a sweet home for all students wherever you're from. 

Internship/Research Experiences: I worked in an environmental restoration company in the summer of 2021. We had field surveys at the mining areas and evaluate environmental impact assessment on the site. We also conducted the land reclamation plan for mining areas. In the summer of 2022, I worked with China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC) to analyze their data regarding to the marine ecosystems

Other Campus Involvements:

  • Research Assistant


  • Student Worker


Rachel Obler

Peer MentorPortrait of Anna Martin
Hometown: Laurel, Maryland
Major: Environmental Science
Specalization: Ecosystem Restoration
Minor: Evolution and Ecology

Career Interests: I have an interest in ecosystems as a whole. I would love to research the way species interact with each other and their habitat, and the role humans play in that system

Favorite Part of SENR/OSU: I love that SENR is a small school in a big university. I feel like I have gotten the best of both worlds. I go to a giant school with a lot of opportunities and spirit, but our school is small enough that I feel like my advisors know me and are available to help me.

Internship/Research Experiences: I was a Naturalist Intern at White Clay Creek in Delaware State Parks (Delaware state, not county). In this role I helped with public programs as well as camp programs. This included leading hikes and teaching lessons about the environment

Other Campus Involvements:

  • ENR Scholars
  • Fish and Wildlife Society
  • Club Field Hockey