Dr. Debroah Hersha

Deborah Hersha, PhD 

Professor of Urban Ecology 
Urban Farming Specialist
International Experience:  Australia, Bahamas, Chile, USA

 

 

 

Education

  • Doctor of Philosophy, Environment & Natural Resources, School of Environment & Natural Resources, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
  • Master of Science, Biology, University of Akron, Akron, OH
  • Bachelor of Science, Education, Bowling Green University, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH

Doctoral Dissertation 

  • Agricultural effects on protists assemblage structure in headwater streams

Master's Thesis

  • Microbial food web dynamics in Lake Michigan during the winter-spring storm season 

Certifications

  • Ohio Master Urban Farmer, Ohio State University Extension, Columbus, OH

Academic Teaching Experiences

  • Adjunct Professor, Environmental Science, Ohio State University/Columbus State University Collaborative, Columbus, OH
  • Adunct Professor, Environmental Science, Denison University, Granville, OH
  • NSF GK-12 Outreach Fellowship, Watershed Ecological Research, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
  • Teaching Assistant, Biology & Zoology, University of Akron, Akron, OH
  • Secondary Science Teacher, Plain Local Schools, Canton, OH
  • Secondary Science Teacher Online, Miami University Online High School, Oxford, OH

Teaching Specializations

  • Ecology (General, Urban, Aquatic)
  • Environmental Studies (Fisheries)
  • Biology (General, Protozoology, Entomology)

Academic Research Experiences

  • Post-doctorate Research, Designing Watershed-Based Education and Extension Efforts through a Mental Models Research Approach. The Ohio State University, School of Environment and Natural Resources, Columbus, OH
  • Classroom Research, Fish and Macroinvertebrate Collection and Identification, Stream Ecology Laboratory, The Ohio State University, School of Environment and Natural Resources, Columbus, OH 
  • Visiting Scholar Project, Protozoa Collection and Identification, University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia  
  • Research Assistant Project, Herpetology Collection, The University of Akron, Biology Department, Akron, OH
  • Secondary Teacher Research Project, Florida Keys Marine Biotic Collection, Bowling Green State University, Biology Department, Bowling Green, OH

Publications

Peer-Reviewed

  • Hersha, D. K., R. S. Wilson, and A. Baird. 2014. What individuals know, do not know, and need to know about watershed health in an urbanizing USA Midwestern city: A mental model approach. Urban Water Journal, 11(6):482-496.
  • Hersha, D. K., R. S. Wilson, and A. Baird. 2011. A conceptual model of the citizen stream stewardship decision process in an urbanizing midwestern United States watershed. Journal of Environmental Planning and Management 55(2).
  • Hersha, D.K., L. R. Williams, and V. Bouchard. 2009. Collection strategies for quantifying protist assemblages in temperate headwater streams. Hydrobiologia. 630:115-126.

Outreach 

  • Bonnell, J., A. Baird, R. Livingston, and D. Hersha. 2010. Ways of knowing water (an Ohio 4-H Idea Starter), 4-H 365.18. Columbus, OH: Ohio State University. http://www.ohio4h.org/selfdetermined/.

Presentations

  • Hersha, D.K., R. S. Wilson, and A. Baird, 2010. What high school students and parents know and do not know about stream and watershed health: Identification through a mental models approach. Hilton Head, South Carolina. Water Management Association of Ohio. Columbus, Ohio.
  • Hersha, D.K., R. S. Wilson, A. Baird, 2009. Stream and watershed health: An expert perspective on knowledge needs for effective citizen decision making with regards to stewardship. Water Management Association of Ohio. Columbus, Ohio.
  • Hersha, D.K., R. S. Wilson, A. Baird, 2009. Designing watershed-based education and extension efforts through a mental models research approach. Ecological Society of America, Albuquerque, New Mexico.
  • Hersha, D.K., V. Bouchard, and L.R. Williams, 2009. Protist assemblage structure: The effect of habitat and landuse parameters in agriculturally-influenced headwater streams. Ecological Society of America, Albuquerque, New Mexico.
  • Hersha, D.K. and L.R. Williams, 2007. Protozoan assemblage dynamics in headwater streams: a potential water quality bioassessment tool. Ecological Society of America, San Jose, California.
  • Hersha, D.K. and L.R. Williams, 2007. Protozoan assemblage dynamics in headwater streams: a potential water quality bioassessment tool. Graduate Student Research Conference, Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio
  • Hersha, D.K. and L.R. Williams, 2007. What concern are protozoa to fish enthusiasts? American Fisheries Society, Ball State University, Columbus, Muncie, Indiana.
  • Hersha, D.K. and L.R. Williams, 2007. Protozoan assemblage dynamics in headwater streams: a potential water quality bioassessment tool. American Society of Limnology and Oceanography, Santa Fe, New Mexico.
  • Hersha, D.K. and L.R. Williams, 2007. Protozoa: augmenting the headwater bioassessment toolbox. USDA_CSREES National Water Conference, Savannah, Georgia.
  • Hersha, D.K. and L.R. Williams, 2006. Protozoan bioassessment tool in headwater streams: an examination of collecting methods. Water Management Association of Ohio Conference, Columbus, Ohio.
  • Williams, L.R., M.A. Schrecengost, D.K. Hersha, and M.G. Williams. 2005. Biological monitoring of headwater streams: lessons from Ohio and future directions. Midwest Fish and Wildlife Conference, Grand Rapids, Michigan.
  • Hersha, D.K. and P.J. Lavrentyev. 2001. Impact of winter/spring events on the microbial food web in lower Lake Michigan. American Society of Limnology and Oceanography Conference, Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Volunteer Experiences

  • Creation Science Curriculum Design for Homeschoolers. Design science units for personal acquaintances that incorporate science from a biblical perspective. Liberty was taken to compare secular science to the biblical perspective whenever possible. 2016
  • National Rivers and Streams Assessment, USDA. Volunteered as research assistant with Midwest Biodiversity Institute (contractor). Traveled for 6 months (May-October) throughout the midwest and eastern portions of the nation conducting fish and macroinvertebrate surveys, as well as water chemical and habitat assessments. 2014
  • National Science Foundation Review Panel, Washington, D. C. Sat on the grant review/evaluation panel for 2008
  • COSEE Great Lakes Initiative, Columbus, Ohio. Participated in workshop development for science teachers and was a member of the grant writing team representing Ohio, 2006

Languages

  • English, native or bilingual proficiency
  • Spanish, elementary proficiency