Watershed Processes Laboratory  

Austin Wissler Masters Student in Water Resources Science

Austin received his B.S. in Biosystems Engineering from Michigan State University in 2016 and his M.S. in Biological and Agricultural Engineering from North Carolina State University in 2019. Prior to starting his M.S., Austin worked as an environmental engineer at a large craft brewery and as an AmeriCorps volunteer working on biological restoration projects throughout the American Southwest. He also has experience in stream and stormwater pollution monitoring and in collecting a range of environmental data. At OSU, he will be investigating the physio-ecological responses of headwater streams to different riparian forest harvesting practices in the coast range of Northern California. This research is a joint effort between OSU and the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CalFire). 

Co-supervised by Dr. Kevin Bladon (OSU)

Jonah Nicholas Masters Student

Jonah received his B.S in Forest Engineering from Oregon State University in 2020. Prior to starting his M.S., Jonah worked as both a Forest Engineering Intern at the OSU College Forests and as a Research Technician. In pursuing his M.S., he will be investigating stream flow in headwater streams impacted by various riparian harvest practices in the coast range of Northern California. This research is in conjunction with the work being done by Austin Wissler and this research is a joint effort between OSU and the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CalFire).

Co-supervised by Dr. Kevin Bladon (OSU)  

Clara Eshaghpour Hydrometric Technician

Clara received her B.S. in Engineering Science and Environmental Geology from Tufts University in 2019. She has most recently worked as a GIS Technician for a California drought prevention project, and is currently an Americorps volunteer working on environmental stewardship in the Marys River Watershed. As Field Technician for Catalina, Clara is working on data collection and instrumentation in Oak Creek and Mill Creek.

Madelyn Maffia, Masters Student Water Resources Science (starting Fall 2021)

Maddie received her B.S. in Environmental Science with concentrations in Aquatic Biology and Environmental Water Resources from Oregon State University in 2020. She has experience working with limnological and riverine sample collection and instrumentation from her various roles throughout her undergraduate. Following her graduation, she worked as an AmeriCorps member, teaching youth at an underprivileged elementary school in California. In returning to OSU for her M.S., she will be researching ideal stream characteristics and their impact on the freshwater biota in the Mill Creek complex.

Zachary Perry, PhD Student in Water Resources Science (starting Fall 2021)

Zach received his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Rochester in 2015. Following this, he worked as an extrusion engineer for Corning Inc – Environmental Technologies until 2019. In this role, he was responsible for the extrusion of ceramic catalytic converters for diesel engines, but after four years he was ready to leave the private sector and return to a research environment. With a background in fluid dynamics and a passion for environmental stewardship, he decided to pursue a degree in the hydrologic sciences, with a focus on the human impact on water systems. While at OSU, he will be investigating the hydrologic response of a catchment ai the H.J. Andrews in order to better predict water supply and quality, with an emphasis on how climate change plays a role in impacting local water resources.

Jaime Ortega, Masters Student Water Resources Science (starting Fall 2021)

Jaime received his B.S. in Watershed Management and Environment Science from the University of Panama in 2017. He worked as a hydrometric technician in the hydrometeorological services of Panama, measuring streamflow, collecting water levels, and giving maintenance to the hydrometeorological stations network in the west of Panama. He also has experience collecting meteorological data from conventional stations and suspended sediment samples. At OSU, Jaime will be investigating hydrological responses to human disturbance in forest ecosystems.