What degree/track are you pursuing?
Environmental Science and Engineering Non-Thesis Masters Degree
Who is (are) your advisors?
What is the focus of your research?
I am working with the LOBO system that Dr. Joesph Needoba has set up. The system gathers real-time date from various sites on the Columbia River hourly. It monitors CDOM, chlorophyll, nitrate, temperature, and several other parameters.
How will your research benefit society?
Real time, in-situ data collection gives the clearest picture of what is happening in the environment. This data can quickly be analyzed and benefit society in various ways. One great example of this is monitoring environmental factors for migratory fish. The Columbia serves a a main route for migratory fish and monitoring their habitat is essential for their continued success.
How have you taken advantage of/plan to take advantage of professional development opportunities through OHSU and the Institute of Environmental Health?
One of the great things about being in the IEH is the wealth of resources that are accessible for me. These resources come in the forms of advisors, professors, grad students, and excellent facilities. One organization I have become involved with is the Oregon Association of Environmental Professionals. Professionals from academia and industry get together to discuss relevant environmental issues in the NW several times a year. It has been a great networking opportunity for me and I plan to continue with OAEP.
What do you plan to do with your degree?
I am most interested in the intersection of environment and human health. More specifically, water quality and human health. I am interested in fields such as clean drinking water and improving water sustainability practices by businesses.