Environmental Science Majors

Alisa Mancini

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

Future Career Plans: After graduation, I would like to work in either wetlands- or coastal-related ecosystem restoration. I want to eventually work for a government agency such as the EPA or National Parks 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.

Internship Experience: In July 2019, I traveled with Growth International Volunteer Excursions to both Zanzibar and Arusha in Tanzania. I had the opportunity to engage in asset-based community development through English education, sustainable construction, and Tangire women's co-op advancement. I gained an international perspective on the different ways to achieve sustainable development. Aside from making eco-bricks to be used in school construction, by favorite part was visiting Lake Manyara and Tanrangire National Parks.

Other Campus Involvements:

  • Fundraising Chair for the Growth International Volunteer Excursions (GIVE) organization

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

Brian Bush

SENR Ambassador and Peer MentorPortrait of Anna Martin
bush.484@osu.edu
Hometown: Worthington, OH
Major: Environmental Science
Specalization: Honors
Minor: Geogrphic Information Science

Future Career Plans: Continue working in freshwater ecological research after graduation and then go on to grad school after a gap year.

Favorite Part of SENR/OSU: It is small.

Internship Experience: During the summer of 2019 I had an internship with the Ohio EPA Division of Surface Water Ecological Assessment Unit. This consisted of monitoring streams and rivers across Ohio for biological criteria including fish and macroinvertebrate communities. By evaluating what is living in these waterways, regulations are developed on the criteria that heavily impaired waterways will have less robust ecological communities.

Other Campus Involvements:

  • Mountaineers Club
  •  Research at STRIVE
  • Sierra Club

Dani Alabyadh

SENR AmbassadorPortrait 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

Lauren Zeller

Peer MentorPortrait of Anna Martin
zeller.124@osu.edu
Hometown: Springfield, OH
Major: Environmental Science
Specalization: Water Science

Future Career Plans: I am considering going to grad school for marine biology where I would then hope to be able to work with conservation efforts to protect corals and marine life.  

Favorite Part of SENR/OSU: My favorite aspect of SENR is the community within the school. I have never had an unfriendly encounter with any peer or faculty member at the school. Everyone I interact with there is helpful, open minded, and passionate. I think that this creates a wonderful learning environment and it helps me to be able to grow and learn in my academics as well as in my personal development. I believe that the students and faculty at SENR also have very diverse interests and backgrounds that helps offer me a fresh perspective of the world and broaden my horizons..

Internship Experience: I have had an internship for the past two summers with the City of Springfield Service Department. I have gained amazing insight into how the city is run, as well as being able to learn about how urban areas and the EPA work together. I have also been able to learn more about how water treatment and wastewater treatment plants are run. My favorite part has been helping to create rain garden plans for the city.

Other Campus Involvements:

  • Students for Recycling
  • OSU Sierra Club Student Coalition
  • Ohio State Student Welcome Leader
  • STEP Participant

Mackenzie Brown

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

Future Career Plans: I plan to go to medical school after graduation and become a family practice doctor.

Favorite Part of SENR/OSU: My favorite aspect of SENR is the community. SENRs professors really care about your success academically, mentally, and physically. They are always willing to put in extra time to make sure you are accommodated and I think it really helps the well being of students in SENR. The students are also a large support system. At any club fundraiser for environmental clubs it is filled with supportive SENR students that want to help you and your organization succeed.

Research: I am currently doing honors research in the Peterman Lab for amphibian and reptile conservation studying the effects of urbanization on stress levels in red backed salamanders. My favorite part is definitely the field work for data collection and helping others with their field work as well. I have gained so much confidence from being in this lab and its an awesome environment I feel lucky to be in.

Other Campus Involvements:

  • Treasurer of Ducks Unlimited at OSU 
  • Globemed 

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

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 bachelors of science in environmental science I plan to go to law school to study Environmental Law. I am very interested in the relationship between the environment and the impacts it has on public health. 

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.

Volunteer Experience: A very pivotal moment in my academic career at OSU was when I was introduced to the way the environment and our society is so intertwined, as a healthy environment very well encourages and sets the foundation for a healthy society. With my prior experience from volunteering at Grant Hospital for several semesters, I was fortunate enough to see and interact with many different people and the way their environments had impacted their lives positively and negatively. Those interactions paired with coursework in my classes in SENR allowed me to be introduced to and now pursue a career I didn’t know existed before. I am eager to help and better the lives of people through the environment in which they interact with. 

Other Campus Involvements: 

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

Tonya Messam

Peer MentorPortrait of Anna Martin
messam.5@osu.edu
Hometown: Cleveland, Ohio
Major: Environmental Science
Specalization: Ecosystem Restoration
Minor: Horticulture

Future Career Plans: As of right now, the plan for me is to graduate with my bachelor's and take a year off to volunteer abroad to learn about environmental restoration methods being used in other countries. After that year I would like to move back to the U.S and start my career as a Restoration Ecologist.

Favorite Part of SENR/OSU: My favourite aspect of SENR is seeing the students and professionals in it who all mutually care about the earth. So many different minds and backgrounds coming together to protect the planet is a beautiful thing to me.

Education Abroad: I was among the first to attend the study abroad program in Panama: Through the Lens of Agriculture, Sustainability, and Diversity in the summer of 2019. This program gave participants the opportunity to witness agricultural practices in a different country.  Our group was very diverse, bringing different majors and backgrounds together which allowed reflective conversation with a variety of viewpoints. Watching each of us gain an understanding of international agricultural practices was something I had the pleasure of witnessing. There are so many great memories I made there, it's hard to pick a favorite. One that was most memorable was when I was hiking in the deciduous forest of Panama and laid in the medicinal hot springs. It was a moment where I got to soak in that I am actually studying abroad and I was so thankful to have that experience.

Other Campus Involvements: 

  • MANRRS 
  • Resident Advisor (Ohio State ATI)