April 20, 2021 at 12:14 pm

Class of 2021 | Delaney Gibbs Will Help Conserve Athens’ Special Natural Areas

Delaney Gibbs, working in the woods

Delaney Gibbs

Delaney Gibbs is staying local and staying committed to the environment after she graduates this spring from Ohio University.

She’ll be graduating with a master’s degree in Environmental & Plant Biology and then heading to the Athens Conservancy, where she will work to help maintain some of the really special natural places in the Athens area.

Q: What stands out in your mind as you think about graduating despite COVID?

A. I’m really looking forward to putting to use all that I learned in school. I feel like I’ve been saving it all up for a few years and I’m ready to use it.

Q: Who were your favorite professors and how did they make an impact on your life? 

A. I didn’t think it would be possible for anyone to teach me coding and statistics, but Dr. Rebecca Snell somehow managed it—and it was even a little but fun sometimes. I used what she taught me to analyze the data from my research, and I also sometimes just makes graphs for fun, like graphs documenting how my cat’s weight has changed over time.

Q: What was your ah-ha moment at OHIO—that point where you said to yourself, “I’ve got this!”?

A. Probably after I designed and put together my first field experiment. That feeling certainly waivered over the years, but it returned occasionally.

Q: What are your favorite OHIO memories?

A. I really loved exploring places like Hocking Hills and Strouds Run with the wonderful friends I made here and just getting to know some of the really interesting people in my department.

Q: What’s the one thing you would tell a new OHIO student not to miss? 

A. Hocking Hills! Especially in the spring!

Editor’s Note: The Happy Beginnings series features recent College of Arts & Sciences graduates who are getting started in careers, graduate school and service.


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