Jay Baker is an interdisciplinary artist from Colorado and New Mexico. He holds a BA in Visual and Performing Arts with emphases in creative music and film studies from University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. After graduating in 2012, he has worked as a member of various artistic communities in New Mexico such as Basement Films and The Roost Creative Music Series. Throughout this time he has also created music and visual art under the pseudonym Tom Foe. His artwork has been published and shown in UNM’s Blue Mesa Review, UCCS’s riverrun, Basement Films’ MadLab Series, OSU’s Sound Box Three, and more. His studies at OSU revolve around creative residency programs, land conservation, social/environmental justice, and the relationships between them.
Colette Ohotnicky found her life-long passion for the outdoors while spending her high school years in the beautiful state of Alaska. She earned a B.S. in Biology from the University of Dallas, and has now moved to the Northwest to continue living her dreams. She is spending these two years experiencing the joy that the knowledge of beautiful things brings. She plans to help work on defining and reshaping the narrative of the human-nature relationship as we find solutions to environmental issues.
Vaughn Robison is a communication arts director and fifth-generation Oregon coast resident. After leaving home to earn a B.S. in Communication from the University of Utah, he developed a career using images, words and environments to communicate ideas for ad agencies, non-profits, multi-national corporations and news outlets. Upon returning more than a decade later, he enrolled in the Environmental Arts and Humanities program to explore the potential for communication frameworks to assess and address the ecological, social and economic impacts of policy and management on fisheries communities. He aims to pair this academic understanding with his professional skill set to advocate for the interplay of sustainability between fish stocks and fisheries communities.
Wolky Samboy-Hillyer is a passionate Kayaker, gamer, and student from Portland, OR. He graduated from the University of Puget Sound with a major in Science, Technology, & Society and a minor in Environmental Policy & Decision Making in 2016. Since then he has been an Americorps member serving in Tacoma, WA working on Food Justice and Sovereignty programs, an intern reading and reporting on Policy for Citizens for a Healthy Bay, and summer camp counselor. He is especially interested in rivers as centers and pathways for culture, identity, energy, and development.
Shane Scopatz is a choreographer, performer, dancer, mixed media artist and improvisational specialist. As a professional dancer, Shane worked for names big and small, most notably the Batsheva Dance Company in Tel Aviv. He lived abroad in Israel for most of his twenties and while there he cultivated his enthusiasm for the environment and conservation. Reading books about wildlands in the US while living halfway around the world, instilled in him a special kind of empathy for landscapes across the American West. Holding tightly to both his passions, he finds integrity as an artist and person by fusing contemporary dance and the environment.
Ali completed her BS in mechanical and ocean engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2017 and decided to continue her studies in engineering as a PhD student in Mechanical Engineering at OSU in Fall of 2018. Inspired by the ways of thinking and creating that she learns from the arts and humanities and motivated by the possibilities of blending disciplines, Ali joined the EAH program officially in the Fall of 2019. Ali does deign engineering research and science communication for the Pacific Marine Energy Center and is interested in engineering practice in the context of the climate emergency and ways we can create technologies that maintain our bond to place, encourage diversity, and preserve productive human and non-human relationships.
Anthony Vitale received a B.A. in Environmental Geography from Kent State University in Ohio where he studied wildlife conservation and land-use change. His professional work as an environmental consultant and later as a journalist exposed him to many unique and insightful people with very different perspectives on the world around them. Within the Environmental Arts and Humanities program he seeks to integrate and build upon these experiences by developing a greater understanding of the nature-human relationship and progressing his communication skills.
Bingjie Yan graduated from Shanghai normal University, received a bachelor degree of Public administration in 2016, then studied MBA pathway program at OSU and joined the EAH program in 2019. She wants to explore environmental and social sustainable development goals, add environmental protection, overall welfare, economic inclusion and ethics and other new value dimensions. She wishes to explore a new business model, so that circular economy can obtain valuable resources, achieve resource sharing rather than monopoly, expand access opportunities and inclusiveness, and have more positive social impact, shaping a wider ecosystem. She hopes to make use of the new media era to let more people understand the importance of environmental protection and care about the future development of human with society and nature.