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Meet the 2011 Cohort

Jacob ClarnoJacob Clarno transfered from Linn Benton Community College to Oregon State University and his major is Geology.  He is originally from Gilde, Oregon.  His project is part of larger geothermal exploration in central Oregon, working with Dr. Andrew Meigs and Dr. John Dilles at OSU.  He enjoys kitesurfing, freediving, longboarding and photography.




Zakk Carter

Zakk Carter was a Geology major at Portland Community College who transferred to Oregon State University Fall 2012. He has lived in Oregon his whole life and loves it here. His mentor was Drs. Shan de Silva and Dale Burns. Zakk’s internship consisted of analyzing crystal size distributions in magmas from the Altiplano-Puna Volcanic Complex in Bolivia. Zakk along with Burns, D. H.; de Silva, S. L.; Tepley, F. J. submitted an abstract of this research to the American Geophysical Union, Fall Meeting 2013 entitled, “Combining crystal growth and diffusion-based modeling techniques to determine magmatic timescales in a large silicic magmatic system.” He also presented a poster. Zakk has since graduated with a BS degree in Geology.


Brady FryBrady Fry is originally from Crescent City, CA. While Brady was an undergraduate in the IDES Program, his mentor was Dr. Adam Schultz.  Brady’s work with Adam included, designing a vehicle that would sink to the bottom on the ocean and return to the surface after collecting data for a specified period of time on the sea floor.  The vehicle would measure and record several things including electromagnetic fields and seismic activity. The recorded data was being used to build a 3D model of the crust of the Earth. During a 2012 IDES Summer Symposium, Brady showcased his poster on “Ocean Bottom Multi-Physics Monitoring System,” and gave a presentation. He was awarded a bachelor’s degree, Spring 2013, in Electrical Engineering from OSU; and in Fall 2013, he entered the OSU Masters in Electrical and Computer Engineering Program. Brady Fry received a 2nd place Expo Industry Award at the 2013 Engineering Expo at OSU, for the poster on “Real-Time Seating Availability at the Valley Library” with colleagues Abdulrahman Alhuwaikim and Hassan Alwehaimid.


Sundeep KaurSundeep Kaur Since completing the IDES internship in Spring 2013, she has started working full time for Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) as an engineering intern. Sundeep majored Environmental Engineering, she transferred from Linn Benton Community College to OSU in the Fall 2011 term. She is originally from Punjab, India. Her IDES mentor was Dr. Andreas Schmittner, and her project involved modeling marine ecosystems using the Fortran software. A presentation of her research on “Modeling the Global Distribution of Mesozooplankton” was showcased at the 2012 IDES Symposium. 


Will KrettWill Krett is a BioResource Research major at Oregon State University, he is originally from Florence, Oregon. He is working on a project with Dr. Julie PettRidge involving silica Dynamics. Julie said, “Will Krett has been working with me on a project to characterize soils in the H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest in the Cascades. He has performed clay mineral separations, bulk and selective chemical dissolutions and analyses, and physical characterization of soils we collected during a field campaign last summer. He is also putting the GIS skills he learned in the IDES workshop last summer to good use in analyzing climate data associated with these soils. In the upcoming months we will be working on trying to understand the relative importance of climate versus lithology in controlling the types of soils that form there, and performing XRD analyses.” 


Javier OrozcoJavier Orozco Javier is an undergraduate student in Mechanical Engineering. He plans to graduate in the fall of 2013. As an intern in the IDES Program, Javier was mentored by Dr. Christoph Thomas. As part of the Biomicrometeorology Group, Javier was involved in the SUbcanopy Sonic Anemometer Network (SUSAN) Project, focused on weak-wind canopy flows.   A project funded by the National Science Foundation.
Javier is originally from Independence, Oregon. Soccer is an activity that he enjoys.


Coquille RexCoquille Rex "Through the IDES Program, I was fortunate to be immersed in the geology and biology of the Galapagos spreading ridge. The Okeanos Explorer is a ship that has an ROV called Little Hercules, which dives almost 2000 meters and sends a live video feed to our control station at Hatfield. We are in constant communications with the ship and several other science teams as we explore fresh lavas, hydrothermal venting and search for the elusive "black smoker."  It is interactive, fast-paced, hands-on learning. When I return to Newport, I will review data and footage from “Alvin’s” previous dives, and enter it into ArcGIS.  Dr. Embley, my mentor, and I are also collaborating on three learning modules for future coastal mathematics classes.

Here Coquille Rex provides a video tour of a few things she saw during the ROV dive at the Galapagos Venting Rift. All photos are thanks to NOAA's VENTS program and the Okeanos Explorer. And, through Exploring from Afar, Coquille journals her experiences.

While no longer with IDES Program, Coquille says that the experience has shaped her future. She writes, “I found a love of science and the ocean that I never before knew. I found research and ROV uses. I met people in the industry. The biggest change is that I have switched my focus from Mathematics to Earth Sciences and in particular, earth systems with the marine sciences option.  This is because of IDES…” A presentation of her research was showcased at the 2012 IDES Symposium.


Kris RichardsonKris Richardson earned a B.S. Degree in Environmental Science and is now with the OSU Masters Program for Water Resources Science. Prior to that through participation in the IDES Program, Kris worked on a project to create a set of GIS layers that can inform us about the magnitude and source of sediment and particulate organic carbon flux in selected Pacific Northwest rivers. In particular, the Columbia River south to the Klamath River, this research was conducted at a range of time scales. Her mentor was Dr. Rob Wheatcroft, in OSU’s College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences. Here is Kris’ presentation on this research.

Dr. Rob Wheatcroft is now her graduate advisor. Through her graduate work Kris is studying “how natural and anthropogenic disturbances in the Oregon Coast Range result in changes in sediment source, yield, and transport, and how they are recorded in lake sediments over the last 1500+ years.”

Rob Wheatcroft said, "Kris is working on a somewhat open ended project involving natural and human-induced causes of sediment and particulate organic carbon production in the Oregon Coast Range. She has identified a variety of data types (e.g., precipitation, timber harvest, slope) and, after a lot of processing, imported these into a GIS data base. These data have provided much insight into basin-wide patterns of sediment production during the 20th century that we can compare to core data. Her work has provided important ancillary data for an oral presentation at the Ocean Sciences meeting (February 2012) and a paper [Wheatcroft, R.A., Goni, M.A., Richardson, K.N., Borgeld, J.C., 2013. “Natural and human impacts on centennial sediment accumulation patterns on the Umpqua River margin, Oregon. Marine Geology 339: 44-56.], with Kris as one of the co-authors, as well as some pending proposals."

This photo shows Kris (far right) cleaning a newly split-open core from Loon Lake at the NSF-funded Core Repository at OSU, in February 2014. And here Kris is marking waypoints at Loon Lake while coring crew works on taking a core. Kris says that “This coring device is a percussion piston corer, so we centered our barge over the deep spot in the lake (31m), set the piston, and pounded the core liner into the sediment.” This was taken in September 2013.

Kris’ accomplishments include presentations at 2014 AGU Fall Meeting entitled, “Role of storms and forest practices in sedimentation of an Oregon Coast Range lake”; “Sediments of Loon Lake,” presentation at Bureau of Land Management Campground, Loon Lake, Oregon. July 2014; “Sedimentary History of Loon Lake, Umpqua River Basin,” a presentation at Washington and Oregon Lake Association Conference, October 2013; and “What’s at the Bottom of Loon Lake?” - A poster presentation at Water Resources Graduate Program Symposium, May 2013. Kris is also the recipient of the Water Resources Graduate Program Symposium – Best Poster Presentation, May 2013; and the Oregon Lakes Association Graduate Scholarship, September 2012. Kris is also a published coauthor of "A tool for assisting municipalities in developing riparian shade inventories," in the Urban Forestry & Urban Greening Journal, issue 14 (2015), pages 345–353.


Nova SmallNova Small is a student at Chemeketa Community College, her major is in Art and English Writing.  She is originally from Silverton, OR.  She is working with Rachael Bashor, assisting with materials for ocean science lesson plans.  Her favorite outdoor activity is exploring the family farm.  



Symone StinsonSymone Stinson received a B.S. in Earth Science, with a minor in Earth System Science, spring 2013! Her hope is to go to graduate school the fall of 2014.
Symone is a non-traditional student and just received her AAOT from Linn Benton Community College in June. In the fall of '11 she transferred to Western Oregon University (WOU) as an Earth Science major with a minor in Earth Systems Science. She is from Philomath, and my favorite outdoor activities are camping, hiking, and hunting.  Symone is working with Dr. Jeffrey Templeton at WOU and her project involves interpreting and digitizing LiDAR data of cinder cones and lava flows at Newberry Caldera.

Here is the abstract for Symone’s poster presentation at the 2012 Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) Conference held at OSU. She also showcased this same research entitled, “LIDAR-Based Analysis Of Cinder Cone Morphology at Newberry Volcano, Central Oregon: Status Report on Preliminary Studies Associated with the IDES Program,” as a PowerPoint presentation at the 2012 IDES Symposium.