Environmental Science Majors

Alex Poling

SENR Student Ambassador and Peer MentorPortrait of Anna Martin
poling.238@osu.edu
Hometown: Deerfield Township, Warren County, Ohio
Major: Environmental Science
Specalization: Ecosystem Restoration
Minor: Professional Writing

Future Career Plans: I have no idea because I'm interested in too many things around the environment and sustainability

Favorite Part of SENR/OSU: I love having SENR as a place where lots of people that care about sustainability and the environment come together hoping to make the world a better place.

Other Campus Involvements:

  • Vice Chair of Capital Planning in Undergraduate Student Government
  • Vice President of the Environmental Sustainability Magazine

Alexandra Haritos

SENR Student Ambassador and Peer MentorPortrait of Anna Martin
haritos.4@osu.edu
Hometown: Hilliard, OH
Major: Environmental Science
Specalization: Water Science

Future Career Plans: I plan on working for the Ohio EPA after I graduate. Also, I want get my Master's from Ohio State in Environmental Science, specifically Water Issues. I am a water person!

Favorite Part of SENR/OSU: My favorite aspect of SENR is the community we have built even through a pandemic. Everyone has made our school feel like a family

Internship Experience: Current College Intern for the Ohio EPA in the Division of Drinking and Ground Waters (DDAGW). In this position I hope to gain field experience and further my knowledge on the different programs within the DDAGW and some of their responsibilities as well as the requirements for Lead and Copper monitoring/reporting for public water systems in Ohio.

Other Campus Involvements:

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

Alisa Mancini

SENR Student Ambassador Portrait of Anna Martin
mancini.77@osu.edu
Hometown: Girard, OH
Major: Environmental Science
Specalization: Ecosystem Restoration
Minor: Environmental Engineering

Future Career Plans: After graduation, I would like to work within the field of ecosystem restoration to improve degraded terrestrial and aquatic systems. I want to eventually work for a government agency such as the EPA, Forest Service, or National Park Service.

Favorite Part of SENR/OSU: My favorite aspect of SENR is the small school feeling that it provides within such a large university. It is very easy to create close bonds with the advisors and professors within SENR because the classes are generally small. Faculty are very concerned with the well-being and success of the students. I always see familiar faces in my SENR classes, and it relieves some of the stress of classes knowing that I have friends and recognizable peers taking them as well.

Volunteer Experience: In May 2021, I used my STEP funds to travel with Growth International Volunteers Excursions to Hawaii. I had the opportunity to learn about the Hawaiian culture, engage in various volunteer projects, and explore the beautiful ecosystems on the island. As a volunteer, I removed invasive plants, propagated native plants, collected seeds, and cleaned up plastic from a heavily polluted beach. My favorite parts were learning about how the Hawaiian culture is connected to the surrounding environment and seeing dolphins and sea turtles while snorkeling.

Other Campus Involvements:

  • President of Growth International Volunteer Excursions
  • Society for Ecological Restoration
  • SENR Honors Student

Ben Phillips

SENR AmbassadorPortrait of Anna Martin
phillips.1821@osu.edu
Hometown: Zanesville, OH
Major: Environmental Science

Future Career Plans: I plan on graduating from OSU with a degree in environmental science while specializing in water science and becoming an environmental scientist. 

Favorite Part of SENR/OSU: My favorite aspect of SENR is how close-knit the department is. Almost everyone has had at least one class together and is very comfortable with the other students in the department. If asked for help anyone in SENR will be glad to assist you, especially the professors. All SENR students are passionate about their majors and eager to participate and learn whenever they can. I have met many SENR students through classes and clubs, and I feel a connection with every person I have met so far. I can almost guarantee that no other department given students the same feeling that SENR gives it students, and that is why I enjoy the department so much.

Internship Experience: I am currently an intern for the Muskingum County Soil and Water Conservation District. So far I have enjoyed every second of my internship, and I have learned valuable information about working as a team on a collective goal, growing and maintaining pollinator plants, and creating educational, environmental material for future generations. As the internship continues I will begin to participate in water sampling and soil testing, but so far I have enjoyed my internship immensely. 

Other Campus Involvements:

  • Terraqua Club
  • Society for Ecological Restoration
  • CFAES Learning Community
  • Alpha Phi Omega

Dani Alabyadh

SENR Ambassador and Peer MentorPortrait of Anna Martin
alabyadh.1@osu.edu
Hometown: Tarout Island, Saudi Arabia
Major: Environmental Science
Specalization: Ecosystem Restoration

Future Career Plans: I plan to go to graduate school to research species interactions and ecosystem function of coastal wetlands and mangrove forests 

Favorite Part of SENR/OSU: I really love the sense of community within SENR, everyone is friendly towards each other and I think it’s what makes SENR unique amongst all the other schools at Ohio State. It is very easy to reach out to others and connect to fellow undergrads, graduate students, professors, and staff here at SENR. I also really love the fact that it is very easy to look out for many opportunities at SENR, both on-campus and off-campus, as everyone at the school is always willing to help.

Research Experience: I’m currently doing research on plant-microbe-insect interactions as a member of Bennett Lab in the Department of Evolution, Ecology and Organismal Biology. My favorite aspect about research is the different learning experiences that I’m getting out of it and the teamwork that is involved in the process. 

Other Campus Involvements:

  • Engineers for a Sustainable World
  • Society of Ecological Restoration
  • AdoptA-School

Kendyl Trem

SENR Student Ambassador and Peer MentorPortrait of Anna Martin
trem.13@osu.edu
Hometown: Aurora, OH
Major: Environmental Science
Specalization: Water Science
Minor: Ecology and Evolution, and Spanish

Future Career Plans: 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

Nathan Polack

SENR Student Ambassador Portrait of Anna Martin
polack.8@osu.edu
Hometown: Valley View, OH
Major: Environmental Science
Specalization: Ecosystem Restoration

Future Career Plans: My future career plans are still up in the air at this moment due to only being a sophomore but I have a couple specific interests. These include working in wetland restoration, potentially in New Orleans, and being a prescribe burn manager.

Favorite Part of SENR/OSU: My favorite aspect of SENR is that there is a positive environment and that SENR actually cares about your individualized success. This university is huge and as a result some of the colleges are also big . This can easily lead to you getting lost in the crowd. This is slightly what happened to me when I was in the college of Art and Sciences. The college of Arts and Sciences is very big, and this led to me not feeling like people cared about my success. My own advisor didn't seem to even know me after seeing her multiple times and I felt like she didn't care about my success very much. As soon as a I came to SENR I felt as if my advisor cared and wanted to help me with any of my problems. Another thing that shows that SENR wants it student to succeed is the provided faculty advisor. This is something that the College of Art and Sciences doesn't provide automatically, and I feel like it is very nice to know that the college is giving you as many resources as possible to succeed.

Volunteer Experience: I participated in Buck-I-Serv in New Orleans, Louisiana during Winter break 2019. I got to learn about the wetlands of New Orleans and just how important it is to restore them. I also got to see first hand what I was learning in class! My favorite part was planting 900 cypress trees in Middle Bayou with my team of 15 people. 

Other Campus Involvements:

  • Office Assistant at BarrettNosker front desk
  • Casual Sports Club