Current Students


Dax Fisher- Garibay

MS expected May 2020

Research Areas: Environmental Justice, Urban Stream Ecology, Water Quality, Social Inequities and Ecosystem Services

OSU Enrichment Fellowship recipient

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Kelsey Ryan-Simkins

PhD expected May 2022


Research areas: Environmental Sociology, Food Justice, Cultural and Religious Dimensions of Food and Agriculture

OSU Distinguished University Fellowship and Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center Director’s Associateship recipient

International Society for the Study of Religion, Nature, and Culture Board Member


Thelma Velez

PhD expected May 2020


Research Areas: Environmental Sociology, Social Movements, Food and Climate Justice Activism

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship and OSU Enrichment Fellowship recipient

Single authored book chapter in Palgrave Handbook on Sustainability

First authored peer-review publication in Journal of Environmental Quality, as well as co-authored peer-review publication, reference book chapter, and published book review.

Ohio State University Food Sustainability Panel, Departmental Graduate Studies Committee Member, Council of Graduate Students Environmental Sustainability Committee, National Food Systems Resilience and Equity Ohio Delegate



Lauren Bates, PhD

Current position: Director of Data and Research at AMIkids, Inc. a national non-profit organization established in 1969.

Adjunct Faculty, Psychology, Capital University 2016-2017


Katie Brown, BS

- Honors Committee Advisor

- Matriculated to medical school in August, 2018.

- Presented at Ohio State Fall Undergraduate Research Forum. September, 2018


Grace Saalaman, BS

- co-authored peer-review publication in the journal Review of Policy Research.

- Matriculated to law school in August, 2018.

- Presented at Ohio State Denman Undergraduate Research Forum, 2018