Sophie Manaster presents at Denman forum

Undergraduate student Sophie Manaster presented her Research Distinction project, “Gender differences in pro-environmental behaviors and carbon footprint feedback response”, at OSU’s prestigious Denman Forum. Congrats Sophie on your excellent work!

Welcome to the research team, Conor!

We’d like to extend a warm welcome to Conor Lovell! Conor is a second-year undergraduate student in the Environment, Economy, Development and Sustainability program. He hopes to expand his knowledge on the concept of sustainability through research experiences. In his free time, Conor enjoys reading, playing video games or poker with friends, spending time outdoors, or watching movies.

Welcome to the team, Renna!

We would like to welcome Renna Wittum, a fourth year undergraduate studying Environmental Science with a focus in Ecosystem Restoration and a minor in English. She has been involved in several projects in the Terrestrial Wildlife and Ecology Lab including research studying salamander responses to environmental conditions, Whip-poor-will migratory patterns, and invasive honeysuckle as habitats in the Columbus Metro Parks. She also completed an undergraduate research project on the Influence of Environment and Invertebrates on Pool Breeding Amphibians. In her free time Renna enjoys reading, spending time outdoors, playing piano and trumpet, playing with dogs, traveling, and eating ice cream.

Sophie Manaster to Present at the Denman Forum


Congratulations to Undergraduate RA Sophie Manaster on her acceptance to the 2019 Denman Research Forum! Sophie will be presenting her research regarding gender differences in pro-environmental behaviors at the forum on Wednesday, February 20th from 12-5pm. We are very proud of all your hard work, Sophie!

Study: Decisions to stay in energy-conservation programs hinge on perception, not reality

Nicole and Lee recently published a study on individuals’ perception of savings while participating in energy-conservation programs. The program in question is based on a time-of-use (TOU) rate structure, which is designed to shift electricity use from times with high demand and high costs, to times with low demand and low cost. Interestingly, their study found that, most often, the savings that followed due to participants’ conscious energy use was minimal at best. Participants’ perceptions of the savings were driving their involvement in such programs, not the actual savings. Additionally, their study found that people who were more informed about the TOU rate structure were less likely to stay in the program. This could mean that, while these programs are effective, the divide between perceived savings and actual savings could inhibit programs’ true energy conservation goals.


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Join our team! Now recruiting for undergraduate research assistants.

We are currently recruiting undergraduate RA’s for two ongoing projects:

Applicants will also be asked about willingness to share time between the two projects (both are within the same working group).

Nicole and Lee present at BECC!

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Nicole and Lee attended the Behavior Energy & Climate Change conference in Washington DC a couple of weeks ago. Lee gave two presentations, sharing results from the Energy Interactions and Time-of-Use projects. Nicole was on a Department of Energy-led panel focused on similarities and differences in consumer decision-making regarding energy efficiency vs. renewables, in which she shared insights from several of the lab’s projects. As always, BECC was a delightful event for learning about exciting new work, meeting new people and reconnecting with old friends, and even some running and yoga. Looking forward to next year’s BECC in Sacramento!

Fall 2018 lab retreat

The lab was 1 step away from finding the cure to the zombie slime outbreak at Trapped Columbus, but the clock ran out and we got #mutated!