There is a place for you in our community! Here is an alphabetical list of current graduate students and their ideas, projects, and interests.
Kristina Beggen received her BA in Sustainable Development from Appalachian State University located in the mountains of North Carolina. Upon graduating she delved into the world of permaculture and sustainable agriculture, spending years traveling and farming. She is keenly interested in the work of environmental justice, food security, and fostering more holistic and responsible worldviews so as to build a brighter and more verdant future.
Laura Bennett earned her B.S. in Horticulture at Oregon State University while working her way through the many facets of Gathering Together Farm in Philomath, Oregon. She is now their Farmers’ Market Coordinator and self-proclaimed Vegucator, intent on guiding society in a more sustainable direction through a deeper connection with food and community. On campus, you can visit the food forest that she designed on the east side of McNary Dining Hall, an interactive space where food is being grown, harvested, and eaten by the students in the dorm.
Kei Lin Chang graduated from the University of California, Irvine with a B.S. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and completed the Marine Resource Management graduate certificate upon her first year of graduate school at Oregon State University. Through the EAH program, she hopes to combine her love and interest in science and art to assist with science communication.
Sativa Cruz comes to us from the Southwest, where she earned a B.S. in Environmental Science at New Mexico State University. She is working with Michael Nelson and is pursuing a degree in Forest Ecosystems and Society while participating in the EAH program. In her first year she is funded through the Long-term Ecological Research (LTER) grant in the College of Forestry. Sativa’s posts
Kali Doten graduated with a B.S. in Zoology from Oregon State University in 2013, where she was among the first to record the entire courtship and mating behavior sequence of a salamander endemic to the PNW, Rhyacotriton variegatus. She has since worked as a wildlife ecologist and begun organizing around a variety of social justice issues in her community. Kali is pursuing the M.A. in EAH to synthesize her visions of a feminist conservation ecology and activism within the scientific community to combat climate change and transform westernized wildlife management practices.
Emily Grubby earned her B.A. in English from Plymouth State University while living in the heart of New Hampshire’s White Mountains and working for the Appalachian Mountain Club. There, she became fascinated by the relationship humans have with the natural world, and she is committed to inspiring a remembrance of our mutuality.
Lucia Hadella earned a B.S. in Natural Resources at Oregon State University and worked for over three years with the OSU Research Forests, where she helped to coordinate activities and publications for the Recreation and Engagement Program. Lucia’s posts 
Amanda Keener earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from Portland State University, where she wrote for the Arts and Culture section of the Vanguard newspaper, and participated in wildlife conservation grant writing. Prior to continuing her education, she was a Corps Member in AmeriCorps NCCC, during which she led community and field restoration projects throughout the East and Gulf coasts.
Sarah Kelly graduated in 2012 from the University of Houston with a Bachelor of Arts in communication and a minor in world cultures and literatures. After graduation, she worked at the UTHealth School of Biomedical Informatics as a communications specialist until accepting the sustainability manager position at the University of Houston. One of the most notable achievements for campus sustainability under her leadership was receiving the first AASHE STARS gold rating at a Texas institution of higher education.  Sarah’s posts
Adrian Monty graduated in May 2017 with a B.A. in English Literature and a minor in Biology from Mercyhurst University in Erie, PA. She comes to OSU from Cleveland, Ohio to pursue her dream of combining her love of writing and passion for the world of science, especially pertaining to the green and blue planet on which we all reside and in the hopes to help it retain those lovely hues.
Samm Newton has most recently focused her energy on using creative practice, along with traditional academic scholarship, to explore environmental science topics within marine systems. During SPARK – the Year of Arts + Science at Oregon State University in 2016/2017 she was a resident artist in the Department of Microbiology, created a body of works based on her experiences with Dr. Stephen Giovannoni’s microbial oceanography lab, and did curatorial work on campus with fellow EAH student Tara Pierce. Now, as part of the NSF National Research Traineeship fellowship, she will be pursuing a minor in Risk and Uncertainty Quantification in Marine Systems. Samm is also co-PI on an interdisciplinary, NAKFI funded research project with scientists from BIOS and USF studying the motion and ecology of pteropods. Samm’s posts 
Melody Owen earned a BA at the University of Oregon and an MFA at the New York State College of Ceramics.She has been an active artist for many years. Melody’s posts
Tara Pierce. Growing up on the coast gave Tara an ocean obsession. Her BFA thesis examined three major environmental issues the oceans face which informed her studio work. Joining the Environmental Arts & Humanities program at OSU and working towards the Marine Resource Managment Certification, Tara hopes to use her studio practice to educate and involve the public in ocean conservation efforts and learn about international environmental policy and law. In her spare time, she enjoys camping at the coast with her husband, surfing, and aerial arts.
Jason Schindler earned an Honors B.S. at Oregon State University, and is involved in numerous activities promoting a holistic vision of the world that includes science, stories, and mindfulness practice. Jason’s posts
Jill Sisson is excited to be a part of the EAH community. A long-time resident of western Oregon, Jill brings with her a master’s in wildlife biology, many years of science teaching, and a life-long passion for connecting people to wild places. In recent summers, she has worked as a seasonal naturalist in some beautiful landscapes, including Death Valley National Park, Silver Falls State Park, and Idaho’s Sawtooth National Recreation Area. Wherever she goes, you’ll find her with hiking boots and a camera, in continual pursuit of capturing the messages of mountains, oceans, wildflowers and forests. You can sample her photography and writing by visiting her blog, the Brambled Way. Jill’s posts
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