Bethany grew up near Mohican State Park sparking her interest in nature and the outdoors at a young age. Her interest in natural areas led Bethany to the University of Mount Union where she graduated with a B.S. in Environmental Science (concentration in Biology) and a minor in music. Upon graduation, Bethany was hired as a Research Assistant working with Dr. Richard Moore in the School of Environment and Natural Resources (SENR). Her primary responsibility was managing a research project that monitored water quality in the Sugar Creek watershed and surrounding areas. Bethany joined the Soil Fertility Lab in November, 2015 and was hired into the position of Lab Manager. Her primary responsibilities include the management of laboratory spaces and assets, the execution of laboratory research, processing and tracking of samples, creating data spreadsheets from analysis results, training students in methodology and instrument operation, ordering of all laboratory supplies as needed, and organizing and processing payments to all cooperators in our research trials. Additional responsibilities include assisting with field research when needed.
Bethany still enjoys connecting with nature by going hiking and birding as often as she can and likes to bake whenever she gets the chance.