Congrats, Renna & Sophie!

Congratulations to Renna and Sophie on their graduation! Sophie is off to Cincinnati to work for the US EPA doing Science and Technical Communications, and OSU is lucky enough to have convinced Renna to stick around and work for the Zero Waste program. We’re thrilled for both of you, and look forward to watching your careers unfold over the years to come.


Lab celebration

The lab (plus a couple of young scholars in training) gathered at Sow to honor two of our long-time members, Sophie Manaster and Renna Wittum, for their graduation. Congrats, Sophie and Renna! We will miss you.

New paper in PLOS ONE and media

Nicole, along with lab alumni Lee White and collaborator Hugh Walpole, had a study published in PLOS ONE entitled “Thermostat Wars? The roles of gender and thermal comfort negotiations in household energy use behavior”. The paper examines the roles of gender and interpersonal interactions in household thermostat use. This work has received national and international media attention! Click the links for CNN and Daily Mail UK stories.

Congrats Kristin!

One of the studies from Kristin Hurst‘s dissertation was just published in Conservation Biology. Way to go, Kristin! Through the lenses of moral foundations theory and self‐affirmation theory, the study adds new perspective on mitigating conflicts caused by identity threats. Findings enhance understanding of practical approaches to manage conservation conflicts.

Welcome, Kristin!

Dr. Kristin Hurst is a post-doc who recently joined the lab, having just completed her PhD in Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation at Virginia Tech. After completing some work at Virginia Tech, Kristin spent some time over the summer traveling Spain with her family, where she enjoyed eating tapas and working on her Spanish language skills. Bienvenidos, Kristin!

Welcome, McKenzie!

McKenzie Scott is a 4th-year undergraduate student majoring in Geography with a specialization in Environment and Society and minors in Nonprofit Studies and History. She’s working with the lab on the community decision-making project, which examines the influence of brief planning discussions on everyday household behaviors. She spent the summer interning at the Scioto Audubon, where she led groups of kids on nature walks and helped educate the broader public on nature in the Audubon park. Welcome, Kenzie!

Welcome, Stephen!

Stephen Mattson is a 4th-year undergraduate student majoring in music education. He’s working with the lab on his honors research distinction project, which examines the effectiveness (and possible rebound effects) of meatless Monday efforts in reducing meat consumption on Mondays as well as later in the week. He spent the summer interning at Cleveland-based Sprinly, a plant-based food delivery service. Welcome, Stephen!

Students land summer internships

Undergrad RAs Sophie Manaster and Renna Wittum are both taking part in exciting internship programs this summer! Sophie is working at Corporate Accountability in Boston, MA doing research focused on increasing clean water access in communities. Renna is working at the Ohio EPA as a Storm Water/Permitting Intern in the Division of Surface Water.

Nicole’s Award

In the latter part of Spring semester, Nicole was awarded with Excellence in Undergraduate Research Mentoring from OSU’s Office of Undergraduate Research and Creative Inquiry. Undergrad RA Sophie Manaster, who nominated Nicole for the award, said, “Nicole is an amazing mentor and role model, our lab is so lucky to work with her and learn from her.” The rest of the lab shares the same sentiments J. Congrats, Nicole!