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Speakers: Agriculture and Environmental Sciences

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BraigEugene Braig, Program Director, Acquatic Ecosystems

 Bio and Topics

Eugene has been working as a fisheries biologist for more than twenty years. A two-time alumnus of Ohio State University’s School of Environment and Natural Resources, he currently is Program Director for Aquatic Ecosystems with OSU Extension (a statewide specialist appointment with a typical focus on the management of ponds and lakes) and is a past Assistant Director of OSU’s F. T. Stone Laboratory and the Ohio Sea Grant College Program (a program of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). He also teaches fisheries management in the classroom, has a research appointment, advises two student clubs (TerrAqua and the Bass Fishing Club [a collegiate tournament-circuit team] at OSU), and serves in leadership rolesfor several professional organizations and regional advisories. As an Extension specialist, he gives 50 or more extracurricular presentations and engages in 200–300 consultations in service to diverse clientele in typical years. In addition to his passion for fish, fishes, fishing, and fisheries, Eugene moonlights as a classical musician and serves as Artistic Director of a concert series in Columbus, OH.

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Topic: How wild/recreational fisheries are managed; Aquatic sciences or fishes in general; A day in my life (as a professional): what I do including/especially as an Extension educator serving my state/community; Careers in aquatic science (mostly for younger audiences or perhaps parents); History of guitar/mandolin in classical music

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CurtisDr. Kent “Kip” Curtis, Associate Professor, Environmental History

Bio and Topics

Professor Curtis specializes in Environmental History and Environmental Studies with research and teaching foci on mining, environmental ideas, and food systems. He is currently Principal Investigator on a $2 million Foundation for Food and Agricultural Research “Seeding Solutions” project, which began implementation in 2019. In 2020, Curtis published his third major peer-reviewed mining essay, “’Tanks are Born Underground’: Mining and World War II,” in Robertson, et al, The Nature of War: American Environments and World War II. Curtis is currently working on a book about his experiences in the field of environmental studies tentatively titled, Edible Peace: Food Systems as Vehicles for Social Justice. In addition to his research work, Curtis teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in modern United States history and environmental history and offers independent studies and undergraduate research opportunities in environmental history and the environmental studies and sciences.

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Topics: Mansfield microfarmproject, sustainable urban farming; Environmental History, mining; History of environmental ideas (U.S./west)

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TitchenellMarne Titchenell, Extension Program Specialist in Wildlife

Bio and Topics

Marne Titchenell received her B.S. and M.S. in wildlife management and forestry from The Ohio State University. She has gained experience working as a biological and wildlife technician for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and USDA Forest Service. She has also worked as a naturalist for the Columbus and Franklin County Metro Parks, where she developed a passion for environmental education.In late 2007, Marne accepted her current position as the Wildlife Program Specialist, with the Ohio State University Extension, within the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. She works to provide a variety of educational programs, workshops, conferences, and publications centered on wildlife ecology and biology, habitat management for wildlife, and managing nuisance wildlife species.

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Topics: Living with Wildlife; Gardening for Wildlife; Urban wildlife and associated challenges; Wildlife ecology and species ID

*Available for virtual presentations

WinslowChristopher Winslow, PhD, Director, Ohio Sea Grant & Stone Laboratory

Bio and Topics

Christopher Winslow, PhD is the Director of the Ohio Sea Grant College Program and The Ohio State University’s Stone Laboratory. As director, he oversees all aspects of the program including developing goals, objectives and policies for the program; hiring and managing staff; maintaining facilities and equipment; overseeing fundraising and budgets; writing proposals and serving as principal investigator; awarding grants and scholarships; public speaking; donor development; overseeing development of Stone Lab curriculum; hiring faculty; coordinating legislative/ congressional interactions; and leading/serving on state, regional and national boards, task forces, committees and groups. He is currently managing >150 grants totaling $14,000,000 in areas such as algal bloom science, fisheries, green infrastructure, dredging, crude oil transport, and pharmaceutical and personal care products. Winslow’s recent publications include topics such as phosphorous reduction, usage impairment criteria for large waterbodies, and fish passage through man-made structures in Lake Erie.

Topics: Agriculture and Environmental Sciences

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