Current Fellows

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

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.

Meet The Fellows

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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



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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



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Alicia Costello


Hobbies: reading, skiing, cooking, and gardening

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



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Drew Davis

Environmental Studies | Organismal Biology



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



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Phillip Kimbrough

Environmental Studies

Hobbies: thru-hiking, ultra-running, fungi, and photography

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



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Brooke Kollar

Environmental and Conservation Biology; minor in Environmental Geology



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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



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Ana Murray




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Samantha Poore

Environmental Studies

Hobbies: hiking, skiing, playing the flute, and volunteering

Research interests: food/farming sustainability



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Shaine Price

Environmental and Conservation Biology

Hobbies: writing, hiking, painting, and watching wildlife

Research interests: bat ecology, insects and spiders, conservation, restoration, marine biology, and coral reef health



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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 



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Thomas Telegdy

Computer Information Systems

Hobbies: exercising, gardening, hiking, music, and reading

Research interests: botany, ecosystem conservation, and ecology



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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.