Environmental Science Majors

Christina Boehm

SENR AmbassadorPortrait of Anna Martin
boehm.113@osu.edu
Hometown: Aurora, OH
Major: Environmental Science
Specalization: Ecosystem Restoration

Future Career Plans: I hope to get my master’s degree

Favorite Part of SENR/OSU: My favorite part of SENR is the faculty as they are very passionate about the environment. My professors are also approachable and happy to help students pursue their academic and professional goals.

Research: In Summer 2018, I worked with the US Forest Service in Delaware, OH. The project focused on Dutch Elm Disease (DED) in the American Elm tree. Much of my summer was spent in the greenhouse tending to the Elm tree saplings. I also extracted DNA from Elm leaves to test for DED, performed cuttings on various tree progenies, and planted thousands of Elm trees to help with their research.  It was an awesome experience and I met some great people while working for the lab.  I truly learned a lot.

Other Campus Involvements: 

  • Vice President of GrOSU, a club focused on sustainable growing
  • Research at the Gardiner Lab studying pollinators and assisting with a citizen science initiative focused on engaging children with science

Hailey Hayes

SENR Ambassador and Peer MentorPortrait of Anna Martin
hayes.966@osu.edu
Hometown: Long Island, New York
Major: Environmental Science
Specalization: Water Science

Future Career Plans: To make sure people have access to clean water

Favorite Part of SENR/OSU: Getting to meet the most amazing people in the world and having the opportunity to make a real difference.

Research:I work in Dr. Grottoli’s lab on campus studying the natural variability in heterotrophic carbon in pocillopora corals. We are trying to see the resilience in corals in the face of climate change. I also volunteered with Caretta Research Project to protect loggerhead sea turtle nests and hatchlings.

Other Campus Involvements: 

  • President of Students for Recycling
  • Treasurer of Sustainability Council
  • Sustainability Lead in the Office of Student Life

Mackenzie Brown

Peer MentorPortrait of Anna Martin
brown.6603@osu.edu
Hometown: Cincinnati, OH
Major: Environmental Science
Specalization: Ecosystem Restoration

Future Career Plans: Either medical school or graduate school.

Favorite Part of SENR/OSU: My favorite part of SENR is the awesome community it creates. SENR is super welcoming and everyone is always excited to see you succeed.

Research: I am a part of Dr. Peterman's research lab group focusing my research on stress levels in urban populations of Eastern red-backed salamanders in Columbus.

Other Campus Involvements: 

  • Treasurer of Ducks Unlimited (Go Bucks Go Ducks!)
  • GlobeMed
  • Volunteer at the Mid-Ohio food bank.

Megan Andreasen

SENR AmbassadorPortrait of Anna Martin
andreasen.7@osu.edu
Hometown: Freehold, New Jersey
Major: Environmental Science
Specalization: Water Science

Future Career Plans: Graduate school for Oceanography/Marine Sciences.

Favorite Part of SENR/OSU: I love how passionate everyone is in SENR and how we all care so deeply about the environment!

Education Abroad: Last May I studied abroad in North Queensland, Australia, studying humans’ impact on natural environments. I learned a lot about what I want to do in the future, and my favorite part was spending three full days on the Great Barrier Reef where I saw a diverse amount of wildlife.

Other Campus Involvements: 

  • Director of Events for BuckeyeThon
  • AUIP Study Abroad Marketing Intern

 

 


Michael Rizzo

SENR AmbassadorPortrait of Anna Martin
rizzo.265@osu.edu
Hometown: Powell, Ohio
Major: Environmental Science
Specalization: Ecosystem Restoration

Future Career Plans: I plan on pursuing my master’s degree in architecture and becoming involved in sustainable/green design!

Favorite Part of SENR/OSU: Every single student and faculty member is extremely friendly!

Research: I’ve been starting to do research with a PhD candidate in the ecology department and plan to continue my involvement over the summer. I find it fascinating how comprehensive a single student’s research can be!

Other Campus Involvements: 

  • Post-mount scholar
  • Boo Radley society
  • Zero Waste Syndicate VP
  • 2-time Buck-I-SERV trip leader
  • Server at Bistro 2110 in the Blackwell
  • Intramural soccer

Nora Suntken

SENR Ambassador and Peer MentorPortrait of Anna Martin
suntken.4@osu.edu
Hometown: Hudson, OH
Major: Environmental Science

Future Career Plans: I'd like to potentially do research of some kind in an environmental science related field.

Favorite Part of SENR/OSU: I love being a part of the SENR community because it’s one that shares a common value and allows for new relationships to be forged.

Other Campus Involvements: 

  • OA in Bradley-Paterson
  • Honors Community Advocate in Bradley
  • Membership coordinator of College Democrats
  • Sierra Club Member

Samantha Finnerty

SENR Ambassador and Peer MentorPortrait of Anna Martin
finnerty.43@osu.edu
Hometown: Cleveland, OH
Major: Environmental Science
Specalization: Ecosystem Restoration

Future Career Plans: I hope to continue my education by pursuing my masters. Ideally one day I'll have a career as an ecologist.

Favorite Part of SENR/OSU: My favorite part about SENR is the community. At a school like Ohio State, it is so important to find your own little niche of people and I found that in SENR. The students, faculty and staff are all so kind and passionate about what they do. It is truly inspiring to be surrounded by these people every day.

Research: Throughout the entirety of my 3rd year, I worked with a graduate student in the department of Evolution, Ecology and Organismal Biology in the Lab of Dr. Steve Hovick. His lab has a focus on the ecology and evolution of invasive plants. The projects I’ve been working on involve studying the DNA of purple loosestrife, a common wetland plant. I will be continuing to help this lab in the summer of 2019.

Education Abroad: In the summer of 2018, I studied abroad in Australia through SENR’s program. The program had a large focus on how humans are impacting a lot of the country’s most fragile ecosystems, like the Great Barrier Reef. The educational aspect was a nice mix of natural and social science. We spent a lot of time learning about different flora and fauna in the field while also learning about the policies behind them. We traveled from the mountains, to the outback, and ended on the GBR. The entire experience was unforgettable!

Other Campus Involvements: 

  • Moneythink OSU
  • Mountaineers OSU
  • Student Assistant at the ABRC
  • Undergraduate Research

Taysia Crabtree

SENR AmbassadorPortrait of Anna Martin
crabtree.243@osu.edu
Hometown: Pickerington, Ohio
Major: Environmental Science
Specalization: Water Science

Future Career Plans: After earning my degree in Environmental Science I will be attending medical school, in hopes of becoming a surgeon. As a physician I would like to do research on climate change and environmental factors on the human body and be an advocate for the environment while in the medical field.

Favorite Part of SENR/OSU: My favorite part about life at OSU is that because we are such a big community with so many students, the opportunities and connections to be made are endless. Despite the size, once you find your niche at OSU, you can build lifetime friendships with people who are just as passionate about the same things as you.

Internship: While shadowing an ophthalmologist, I saw how as a physician he was able to impact patients’ lives in such a positive and quick way. In the operating room he performed surgeries on the eye in minutes, giving patients who could barely see before, the ability to go home with clear vision. The patients' smiles and gratitude were encouraging to watch as a student. I left feeling motivated and eager to also get to impact peoples' lives in that way one day.

Other Campus Involvements: 

  • Volunteer at Grant Medical Center in the Emergency Department
  • Tutor