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Scott Hardy, PhD

Extension Educator, Ohio Sea Grant College Program

About Hardy

 Scott  Hardy

Scott Hardy, PhD

Extension Educator, Ohio Sea Grant College Program.

Dr. Scott Hardy is an Extension Educator with the Ohio Sea Grant College Program based in Cleveland. His work focuses on human dimensions of natural resources, including collaborative watershed management, coastal storm resiliency, and community-based response to ecological change.

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  • Address: 210 AW Smith Hall10900 Euclid AvenueCleveland, OH Ohio


Dr. Scott Hardy is an Extension Educator with the Ohio Sea Grant College Program based in Cleveland. He conducts applied research and develops education and outreach programs on collaborative watershed management, coastal storm resiliency, community-based response to ecological change, and other issues facing Lake Erie and the broader Great Lakes region. The results of his work help to inform decision-making among practitioners and policymakers, as well as educate local and regional stakeholders about issues impacting Lake Erie, its tributaries, and the surrounding watershed.

Prior to joining Ohio Sea Grant in 2015, Dr. Hardy gained experience in a variety of different roles related to environmental management and community development. He completed a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Geography from Ohio University, a Master of Professional Studies in Natural Resources from Cornell University, and a PhD in Environment and Natural Resources from The Ohio State University. He also served as a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer in Honduras, and later joined the faculty at McDaniel College in Westminster, MD, where he was Chair of the Environmental Studies Department. Most recently, Dr. Hardy spent two years as Assistant Dean of Undergraduate Studies at Case Western Reserve University, before returning to his research and educational interests with Ohio Sea Grant.

When not working he enjoys hiking, fishing, and exploring the great outdoors with family and friends. He lives in northeast Ohio with his wife and daughter, not far from the Lake Erie coast.

Impacts and Accomplishments

Ohio Sea Grant and project partners are working with coastal marinas enrolled in the Clean Marinas Program to build a Decision Support Tool, visualization resources, and on-the-ground examples for marina owners and operators interested in installing green infrastructure to address increasing stormwater runoff.

Ohio Sea Grant provides guidance on education and outreach, interprets and disseminates scientific information to diverse audiences, and relays the concerns of the public as part of the Cuyahoga River AOC Advisory Committee, which recently realized the removal of an important Beneficial Use Impairment.

Ohio Sea Grant and partners identified the Northeast Ohio coastal communities most vulnerable to severe storms and is working with their local officials to help educate the public and prepare for storm hazards that have caused severe damage in the past.

Ohio Sea Grant led the Great Lakes Coastal Storms Small Grants program, supporting 10 projects totaling more than $1 million that mitigate storm and weather hazards and climate change risks to Great Lakes communities and the people who live there.