2020-2021 Officers

If you are interested in getting involved with CAGS, please reach out to cags.general@gmail.com! Each chair position runs a committee, and there are always opportunities to get involved!

Name: Layla Ghazi
Position: President
Pronouns: She/Her
Program: OEAS – OEB, PhD
Year: 3rd
Advisor: Julie Pett-Ridge
Project: Determining mechanisms and rates of geologic respiration at watershed scales
A Fact: My roommates and I are watching all of John Travolta’s filmography
Twitter: @biogeoghazi

Name: Jenna Epifanio
Position: Vice President
Pronouns: She/Her
Program: OEAS – G&G, PhD
Year: 5th
Advisor: Ed Brook
Project: Exploring the gas record of the South Pole ice core: chronology, firn processes, and climate signals
A Fact: A group of giraffes is called a tower
Twitter: @sciencejenna

Name: Alex Caplan
Position: Geography Discipline Representative
Pronouns: She/Her
Program: GEOG, PhD
Year: 3rd
Advisor: Aaron Wolf
Project: Power and scale in transboundary water management
A Fact: Oregon residents own one-quarter of the country’s llama population
https://transboundarywaters.science.oregonstate.edu/ 

Name: Sami Cargill
Position: Secretary and Geology (Geology and OEAS Programs) Discipline Representative
Pronouns: She/Her
Program: G&G, PhD
Year: 3rd
Advisor: Andrew Meigs
Project: Identifying geomorphic indicators of glacial retreat in Glacier Bay National Park and exploring how glacial recessions and advances may affect the stress state on nearby faults.
A Fact: I was on the archery team in undergrad

Name: Natasha Christman
Position: OEB Discipline Representative
Pronouns: She/Her
Program: OEAS – OEB, PhD
Year: 5th
Advisor: Byron Crump
Project: Arctic microbial ecology and the role of bacteria in ecosystem processing under climate change
A Fact: See L.Ghazi Fact

Name: Deepa Dweyer
Position: Professional Development Chair
Pronouns: She/Her
Program: OEAS-G&G, PhD
Year: 3rd
Advisor: Joseph Stoner
Project: Paleomagnetism chronology from sediment cores in Gulf of Alaska
A Fact: love bad science movies, and almost all RPG games (Especially D&D)
Check out the paleomagnetism website!

Name: Laurel Field
Position: Marine Resource Management (MRM) Discipline Representative
Pronouns: She/Her
Program: MRM, MS
Year: 2nd
Advisor: Kirsten Grorud-Colvert
Project: Assessing marine protected areas in South Africa using new categorization tool: The MPA Guide
A Fact: Sea stars have eyes (more accurately, eyespots) on the end of each arm!

Name: Fucent Hsu
Position: POA Discipline Representative
Program: OEAS – POA, PhD
Year: 3rd
Advisor: Jonathan Nash and Kipp Shearman
Project: SUNRISE
A Fact: I am from Taiwan, a small, beautiful, and democratic island on the Pacific.

Name: Meghan King
Position: Treasurer
Pronouns: She/Her
Program: G&G, PhD
Year: 4th
Advisor: JC Creveling
Project: I’m studying how continental shelf stratigraphic records preserve changes in sea level during Pliocene glacial-interglacial cycles.
A Fact: I got a quarantine cat and her name is Pancake!

Name: M. Kelsey Lane
Position: Outreach Co-Chair
Pronouns: She/Her
Program: OEAS – OEB, PhD
Year: 2nd
Advisor: Jennifer Fehrenbacher
Project: Planktic foraminifera off the Oregon Coast 
A Fact: I like to play bluegrass fiddle

Name: Julianne (Annie) Merrill
Position: Merchandise Chair
Pronouns: She/Her
Program: MRM
Year: 2nd
Advisor: Brett Dumbauld
Project: Investigating how eelgrass habitat influences juvenile pacific oyster performance and feeding ecology
A Fact: I spent most weekends last winter term sleeping in the sno-parks around Mt. Bachelor

Name: Anna Simpson
Position: Safety Committee Student Representative
Pronouns: She/Her
Program: OEAS – POA
Year: 5th
Advisor: Jonathan Nash
Project: Turbulence and ocean mixing near steep underwater topography
A Fact: Electrical tape is strongest when stretched to half its original width

Name: Rebecca Smoak
Position: Social Chair
Pronouns: She/Her
Program: MRM, MS
Year: 2nd
Advisor: Maria Kavanaugh
Project: Interannual Variability of Phytoplankton Communities in the Northern California Current: Assessment through Imaging Flow Cytometry 
A Fact: The inventor of Xbox is actually a physicist, bread making guru, that cultured 400 year old Egyptian yeast from ancient Egyptian pottery and made bread with it. Also, the logo of Xbox is a sourdough bread loaf 

Name: Kirtsten Steinke
Position: Outreach Co-Chair
Pronouns: She/Her
Program: OEAS – OEB, PhD
Year: 4th
Advisor: Kim Bernard
Project: I’m looking at the effects of climate change and environmental variability on the the reproductive development and recruitment success of Antarctic krill. 
A Fact: Laughter strengthens your immune system, diminishes pain and protects you from stress. We should all laugh more

Name: Saray Valdez Hernandez
Position: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusivity Chair
Pronouns: She/Her
Program: OEAS – MG&G, PhD
Year: 2nd
Advisor: Peter Clark
Project: Paleoclimatology of Glacial Terminations
A Fact: I have played the trombone for 12 years!

Name: Laura Vary
Position: Travel Awards Chair
Pronouns: She/Her
Program: MRM, MS
Year: 2nd
Advisors: Lorenzo Ciannelli
Project: I study spawning behavior and larval biogeography of commercially and ecologically important groundfish and flatfish in the Bering Sea”
A fact: The name “halibut” is derived from old English and Dutch or Germanic words meaning “holy flatfish”, as they were eaten only on religious days dating back to the 1300s!

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