Welcome to my Ohio Plants website!
My name is Heidi Brockhaus, I am a senior (graduating in December) majoring in Forestry, Fisheries, and Wildlife, with a specialization in Wildlife Science. I grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio, where I first became inspired by the natural world through exploring the woods behind my house. My parents never took us on a vacation that didn’t involve camping or hiking, and we frequently visited places like Red River Gorge in Kentucky and Sleeping Bear Dunes in Michigan.
As I have grown up, I have continued to value exploration and outdoor recreation in the ways that my parents taught me from a young age. Exploring new places through backpacking and hiking is one of my favorite things to do, and I am lucky to have found some amazing friends who also share this excitement about the outdoors. Throughout college I have taken every chance I can get to drive around the country and visit some really beautiful places. Below are pictures from some of my favorite adventures!
I knew I wanted to work in the environmental sciences when I first came to college, but I have since learned so much more about the various careers within the field. After finishing up my undergraduate years, I plan on attending graduate school for a M.S. in wildlife biology. I am interested in mountain ecosystem interactions, especially dealing with habitat fragmentation and the effects this can have on species with very large home ranges, such as bears. Eventually I would like to conduct research that could help figure out how to manage areas in such a way that increases connectivity and habitat viability for wildlife species, but also takes into account human uses of the areas (ex. recreation, housing).
Botany is the study of plants. While my major is focused around wildlife, I love learning about all different kinds of plants. They are an essential component to habitats, and I am super excited to learn more in this class!