CLEVELAND Ohio Sea Grant Extension is growing again with the addition of Scott Hardy as its new educator based in Cleveland.
Hardy started work July 1, 2015. He will provide leadership in developing and conducting research, education and outreach programs focused on community resilience, coastal storms and other Lake Erie issues.
Hardy’s role is a new position for Ohio Sea Grant, expanding the program to a total of five extension agents. Jill Bartolotta was hired in June to replace retired agent Frank Lichtkoppler.
“Sea Grant is not only excited about adding a new Extension educator to our staff, but we are very excited about having one based in Cleveland, especially given the numerous existing relationships that Scott has already established within that community,” said Ohio Sea Grant Interim Director Christopher Winslow.
Hardy, who is originally from Mentor, Ohio, has a bachelor’s degree in environmental geography from Ohio University, a Master of Professional Studies degree in natural resources from Cornell University and a doctorate in environmental and natural resources from The Ohio State University.
“I spent my whole youth, basically, in the eastern suburbs of Cleveland,” Hardy said. “I grew up not more than a couple miles from the beach. As kids, we’d ride our bikes to the beach. This job gives me the opportunity to come back and do something to protect the lake and work with stakeholders. It’s pretty exciting for me.”
Hardy will head up the coastal storms programs begun at Ohio Sea Grant through a NOAA Coastal Storms Program grant. Ohio Sea Grant’s coastal storms programs are aimed at enhancing community resilience, improving communication of risks associated with beach hazards and addressing impacts of stormwater on natural resources through best management practices.
Previously, Hardy was assistant dean of undergraduate studies and an adjunct professor of earth, environmental and planetary sciences at Case Western Reserve University. Prior to that, he was a faculty member at McDaniel College in Westminster, Md.
“I found that my passion lies with environmental research, education and outreach,” Hardy said. “I’d be having these conversations anyways. I most look forward to the opportunity to interact with a community of individuals who share the goal of sustainably managing the Lake Erie ecosystem and getting back to my educational background, which is in watershed management.”
Hardy’s permanent office has not been finalized. He can be reached at:Scott Hardy Ohio Sea Grant Extension Educator firstname.lastname@example.org
Ohio State University’s Ohio Sea Grant Program is part of NOAA Sea Grant, a network of 33 Sea Grant programs dedicated to the protection and sustainable use of marine and Great Lakes resources. For more information, visit ohioseagrant.osu.edu.
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