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: 2nd
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: 4th
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: Katherine Worms
Position: Treasurer and G&G Co-Representative
Pronouns: She/Her
Program: G&G, PhD
Year: 2nd
Advisor: Eric Kirby
Project: I’m using a variety of geomorphic analyses to study the deformation history of Cascadia forearc topography
A Fact: See L.Ghazi Fact

Name: Sami Cargill
Position: Secretary and G&G Co-Representative
Pronouns: She/Her
Program: G&G, PhD
Year: 2nd
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: 4th
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: 2nd
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: Ashley Hann
Position: Marine Resource Management Discipline Representative
Pronouns: She/Her
Program: Marine Resource Management, MS
Year: 2nd
Advisor: Kim Bernard
Project: Using acoustic surveys to assess zooplankton dynamics and fisheries management in the Western Antarctic Peninsula
A Fact: Applesauce was the first food eaten in space by an American astronaut

Name: Emily Hayden
Position: POA-PO Discipline Representative
Pronouns: She/Her
Program: OEAS-POA-PO, PhD
Year: 2nd
Advisor: Melanie Fewings
Project: Air-sea Interactions and Marine Heatwaves in the subpolar North Pacific
A Fact: The Oregon Giant Earthworm can grow to nearly a meter long, and has only been found in the Willamette Valley

Name: MacKenzie Jewell
Position: POA-ATS Discipline Representative
Pronouns: She/Her
Program: OEAS – POA-ATS, PhD
Year: 2nd
Advisor: Jenny Hutchings
Project: Arctic sea ice dynamics: Identifying external and rheological constraints on lead formation in the Beaufort and Chukchi Seas 
A Fact: Tardigrades can survive 30 years without food or water and 10 days in the vacuum of space

Name: M. Kelsey Lane
Position: Outreach Co-Chair
Pronouns: She/Her
Program: OEAS – OEB, PhD
Year: 1st
Advisor: Jennifer Fehrenbacher
Project: Planktic foraminifera off the Oregon Coast 
A Fact: I like to play bluegrass fiddle

Name: Michelle Nguyen
Position: Social Chair
Pronouns: She/Her
Program: OEAS- OEB, MS
Year: 2nd
Advisor: George Waldbusser
Project: Studying impacts of ocean acidification and climate change on Oregon pink shrimp (Pandalus jordani) larvae
A Fact: “Buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo” is a complete sentence

Name: Benjamin Riddell-Young
Position: Merchandise Chair
Pronouns: He/Him
Program: OEAS – OEB, PhD
Year: 3rd
Advisor: Ed Brook
Project: I use ice cores to understand the past carbon biogeochemical cycling, specifically methane.
A Fact: It takes roughly the same amount of carbon dioxide to produce 50 lbs. of beef as it does to fly across the United States

Name: Keaton Schrank
Position: Geography Co-Representative
Pronouns: She/Her
Program: Geography, MS
Year: 2nd
Advisor: Mary Santelmann
Project: Post-restoration vegetation distributions in salt marshes on the Oregon coast
A Fact: Tapirs are the most primitive large mammal; they’ve changed very little in 20 million years (they’re my favorite animal)

Name: Linus Stoltz
Position: Travel Awards Co-Chair
Pronouns: He/Him
Program: MRM, MS
Year: 2nd
Advisors: Francis Chan & Kipp Shearman
Project: Hypoxia off the Oregon coast
A fact: Dungeness crab fishery is more economically valuable than all of the fisheries in North Carolina combined

Name: Keiko Nomura
Position: Geography Co-Representative
Pronouns: She/Her
Program: Marine Resource Management, MS
Year: 2nd
Advisor: James Watson
Project:  Adaptive Capacity of Small-Scale Fisheries in Baja, Mexico 
A Fact: Cows have best friends

Name: Kirtsten Steinke
Position: Outreach Co-Chair
Pronouns: She/Her
Program: OEAS – OEB, PhD
Year: 3rd
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: 1st
Advisor: Peter Clark
Project: Paleoclimatology of Glacial Terminations
A Fact: I have played the trombone for 12 years!

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