ESGP Student Association (ESGP-SA)


The Environmental Science Graduate Program - Student Association (ESGP-SA) organizes events for students, faculty and alumni to network and share ideas. These gatherings provide meaningful opportunities for ESGP peers to come together. The board (listed below)  is interested in hearing from faculty, students and alumni.

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The 2019 – 2020 ESGP-SA Board


Sarah Haines is a 4th year PhD candidate in ESGP. She graduated with a BS in Environmental Engineering in 2017 and with a MS in Environmental Science in 2019 from The Ohio State University. Sarah works with Dr. Karen Dannemiller in the Civil, Environmental and Geodetic Engineering Department studying Indoor Air Quality. During the summer of 2019, she was a Visiting Scholar at the University of California Berkeley, working on a project relating microbial growth and chemical emissions from building materials in the indoor environment. Sarah is also the Environmental Science Delegate to the Council of Graduate Students. She enjoys finding new trails and parks across Columbus as well as experimenting with new recipes in the kitchen. 

Vice President: 

Ashleigh Bope is a PhD Candidate in ESGP. She works in the Indoor Environmental Quality Lab in the Department of Civil, Environmental and Geodetic Engineering under Dr. Karen Dannemiller. Within ESGP, she is part of the Environmental Public Health Specialization. Her research focuses on the measurement of microbes in indoor environments as well as characterizing microbes in dust from the International Space Station. 


Nick Nastasi is a second-year master’s student pursuing an environmental public health specialization with the ESGP. Currently, he is working with Dr. Karen Dannemiller and NASA to characterize microbial growth and the effects of relative humidity in dust collected from the International Space Station (ISS). Closer to home, he is also working on characterizing viral persistence in common residential carpet materials.


Molly Mills is a third year PhD student in ESGP getting a specialization in Environmental Public Health.  She is in the lab of Dr. Jiyoung Lee in the College of Public Health division of Environmental Health Sciences.  Her research focuses on antibiotic resistance in microbial communities, including human and animal gut microbiomes, as well environmental matrices. In her free time, she enjoys exploring Columbus dining and breweries.

Social Media Chair:

Michelle Pham is a 1st year PhD student in the Gardiner Lab. She graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2020 with a B.S. in Environmental Science and concentration in Geography and Environmental Studies. Michelle’s current research involves sustainable yard programs across the United States, with Community Backyards in Columbus, Ohio as a focal case study. She is interested in maximizing the benefits of urban green space for human and insect wellbeing, particularly in underserved communities that lack access to parks and recreation. In her free time, Michelle enjoys drawing, painting, and tending to her houseplants. She also enjoys art museums, botanical gardens, and traveling.