Casey Clark is an undergraduate student in the School of Earth Sciences who is pursuing the school’s subprogram in petroleum geology and geophysics with a business minor in the Fisher College of Business. He left sunny Orlando, Florida, to come to Ohio State, where he plays snare drum in The Ohio State University Marching Band. Off the field, he works at the Columbus Zoo in Jack Hanna’s promotions department as caregiver for animals, and he also participates in education outreach programs for the zoo. This summer, he will attend geology field camp in Utah with the School of Earth Sciences, and he has recently has begun research on the water supply in São Paulo, Brazil, for his senior thesis.
What brought you from Orlando to Columbus?
My mom attended Ohio State, so I grew up a Buckeye. Believe it or not, I always wanted to leave Florida as a kid. I guess I just wanted to do something vastly different from my peers. I also had never experienced winter before, so I really had no idea what I was getting into.
What is the best part about being in the Ohio State Marching Band?
My absolute favorite part about being in the Marching Band, specifically on the drumline, is the band’s ramp entrance. There is no cooler feeling than coming down the ramp to start pregame to a silent count and hearing thousands of fans cheering for you. The tradition and history of TBDBITL make it an extraordinary organization to be a part of.
How did you prepare for tryouts?
Being from out of state made it tough to prepare for auditions, but Mark Reynolds, our percussion instructor, is great about helping people who reach out. The marching technique is really the hardest thing to pick up.
Why work at the Columbus Zoo?
Working at the Columbus Zoo in the animal programs department has allowed me to inspire and educate people with up-close animal interactions. This directly relates to my academics at Ohio State, as many of my classes have been based around environmental awareness. Allowing people from all backgrounds to see animals up close to create more environmental awareness and concern for species that are suffering in the wild is something that I am passionate about.
What type of fieldwork will you be doing this summer?
This summer I will be traveling to Utah through the School of Earth Sciences to participate in field camp. We will be out in the real world to get hands-on experience with formations and techniques we have used in lab. I’m excited to get out in the field with my peers.
Why would you recommend the School of Earth Sciences to a prospective student?
I would recommend Ohio State's School of Earth Sciences, because it has allowed me to connect with world-renowned professors on a first-name basis. The school really encourages undergraduate students to take part in research, which is one of the huge advantages we have at a large research institution like Ohio State. Every professor I've encountered in the school has been willing to go out of their way to help a student grasp material or get started in research.
Earth sciences student & @TBDBITL member, Casey Clark, is spending summer at geology field camp in Utah #ASCDaily