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.

My mom on a trail in Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, located in northwestern Michigan.

One of my favorite campsites in Red River Gorge, along the Rough Trail (#221).

 

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!

My boyfriend, Drew, and I submitted Mt. Washington with a group of our friends on January 15th, 2018. It was -20 degrees Farenheit with 40 mph winds!

A view of the Smokey Mountains from the summit of Mt. Mitchell in North Carolina.

This past May I went on a month long road trip out west. This picture is from the top of Angel’s Landing, a popular hike in Zion National Park, UT.

Hiking in Moab, UT on the Golden Arch Trail.

Drew and I in front of the largest tree in the world, General Sherman! It is not the tallest, nor the widest, but it has the most volume of wood, and is approximately 2,200 years old!

View of Half Dome, a famous geological feature in Yosemite National Park, from the Full North Rim Trail.

This is one of my all-time favorite campsites, located in the backcountry of Zion National Park, UT.

 

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!