Current Fellows

The institute could not be more proud of the fellows that it supports!

Meet the fellows

These students are actively working toward a better future, born leaders and creative thinkers, crafting new ideas, filling in data gaps, motivating others, and conducting cutting edge research and other creative activities. We are proud to support their undergraduate journey here at Kent State University.

Angelena Acierno
Angelena Acierno
Environmental Studies; minor in Ceramics
Hobbies: hiking, art, writing, drinking tea, and gardening

Research interests: forest health, nature therapy, plant medicine, and natural art

Kathryn Burns
Kathryn Burns
Environmental Studies
Hobbies: swimming, plant keeping, and hiking

Research interests: food waste and recovery, environmental education, and all things related to sustainability

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Lukas Capatosto
Environmental and Conservation Biology
Hobbies: golfing, fishing, hiking, weightlifting and video games

Research interests: genomics and evolutionary biology

Alicia Costello
Alicia Costello
Horticulture
Hobbies: reading, skiing, cooking, and gardening

Research interests: sustainable horticulture, botany, plant pathology, forestry, agroforestry, nutrient cycling, and climate change

Drew Davis
Drew Davis
Environmental Studies | Organismal Biology
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Olivia Eader
Olivia Eader
Environmental Studies | English
Hobbies: reading and hiking

Research interests: environmental justice and outdoor/environmental education

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Hana Esber
Environmental Studies; minors in Peace and Conflict Studies | Geography | Parks Management | Environmental Management and Conservation
Hobbies: hiking, waterskiing, camping, and fishing

Research interests: wetland restoration and geospatial analysis

Phillip Kimbrough
Phillip Kimbrough
Environmental Studies
Hobbies: thru-hiking, ultra-running, fungi, and photography

Research interests: wilderness therapy, ecosystem conservation/preservation, and mycology

Brooke Kollar
Brooke Kollar
Environmental and Conservation Biology; minor in Environmental Geology
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Drew Davis
Brody Krantz
Environmental Studies
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Samuel Large
Environmental and Conservation Biology; minor in Climate Change
Hobbies: hiking

Research interests: landscape ecology, nutrient cycling, ecotoxicity, and landscape disturbance

Ana Murray
Ana Murray
Geography
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Samantha Poore
Samantha Poore
Environmental Studies
Hobbies: hiking, skiing, playing the flute, and volunteering

Research interests: food/farming sustainability

Shaine Price
Shaine Price
Environmental and Conservation Biology; minor in Spanish
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Jenna Sawyer
Environmental Studies
Hobbies: horseback riding, hiking, going to the gym, hanging with my cats

Research interests: environmental sustainability, environmental regulations, soil/water contamination or hazards 

Thomas Telegdy
Thomas Telegdy
Computer Information Systems
Hobbies: exercising, gardening, hiking, music, and reading

Research interests: botany, ecosystem conservation, and ecology

Carla Wagner
Carla Wagner
Studio Art with a concentration in Painting
Hobbies: making art, trying new foods, cooking, spending time with family and friends, and spending time outdoors

Research interests: the idea of futurism and how I see it through my eyes. Using the environment to make 3 dimensional and mixed media pieces to portray the issues happening in our environment as a whole.