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  • Please contact prospective mentors directly to learn more about specific opportunities.
  • Read each Message to Prospective Mentees section carefully before applying.
  • Please Note: Some prospective mentors are advertising research opportunities (Prospective Mentors — Research), whereas others can only offer career advice and aid in the development of professional tools (Prospective Mentors — Non-Research).


Prospective Mentors — Research 

These mentors are actively seeking undergraduates to assist with new and ongoing research activities. These mentors can also assist with the development of professional tools (e.g., CV, resume, application materials) and provide career advice. 

Christina Murphy

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Positions Available: 1

Research Specialties: Freshwater Fish, Ecology, Limnology, Food Webs, Disturbance

Research Interests: My research focuses on freshwater ecology and hydrological alteration. I work on Willamette Basin Reservoirs examining how different drawdown scenarios change food webs (including fish, macroinvertebrates and zooplankton) and water quality.

Message to Prospective Mentees: We have upcoming volunteer opportunities in the lab to assist with phytoplankton mesocosm experiments and analyses, as well as a literature review that could be a good fit for a semi-independent project. These have flexible hours. We'll be designing experiments in the fall, setting them up in the winter, and analyzing in the spring. By assisting with this project you will get to follow a research project from start to finish and gain valuable experience in research design, implementation, and analysis. I also have experience finding research and funding opportunities at home and abroad and I love working with highly motivated students.   

Jillian Cosgrove

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Positions Available: 1

Research Specialties: Shorebirds, Conservation, Breeding ecology, Arctic ecosystems

Research Interests: My research focuses on the ecology of long-distance migratory shorebirds that breed in the arctic. My specific research goals are to apply knowledge of shorebird breeding ecology to improve survey methods such that true changes in population size can be detected.Message to Prospective Mentees: The main opportunity for an undergraduate student would be volunteering on a long-term shorebird breeding ecology study in Utqiagvik, AK, from May 21 – July 31, 2019. The student would receive $5/day per diem as well as food and housing in Alaska as a volunteer for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and travel reimbursement. This job is physically and mentally challenging, so I am looking for someone who has the passion, determination, and work ethic to perform well in such a position, as well as someone who is agreeable enough to live happily with others in a remote field camp for the summer. During the school year, we can also arrange for the student to do an independent project focused on some aspect of shorebird breeding ecology (unpaid). We would work out the details of the arrangement based on the interests and needs of the student. This is a long-term research project that occurs every summer, so a committed student who is seeking hands-on avian field research experience can find great opportunities for growth as a field biologist with this position.











Prospective Mentors — Non-research

These mentors do not have research opportunities but are available to provide assistance with the development of professional tools (e.g., CV, resume, application materials) and career advice.

Andrew Olsen

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Positions Available: 1

Research Specialties: Galliforms (grouse and quail), Terrestrial wildlife conservation, Sagebrush ecosystems, Wildlife population ecology, Habitat selection

Research Interests: My research is focused on conservation of greater sage-grouse by removal of encroaching conifers in sagebrush ecosystems. The anthropogenic increase in these trees is a primary threat to sage-grouse in the Great Basin which requires broad expanses of intact, treeless, sagebrush. More broadly, I am interested in the effects of large-scale management actions on wildlife habitat selection and population dynamics (i.e. Did the management action work?).

Message to Prospective Mentees: I do not currently have any hands-on research opportunities, but am available to chat about graduate school, working cooperatively with federal and state agencies, working on the dry side of the state, or whatever interests you!

Matthew Kaylor

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Positions Available: 1

Research Specialties: Fisheries Science, Stream Ecology, Riparian Forests, Primary Production, Salmonids

Research Interests: Broadly, my research is focused on factors limiting the growth and abundance of juvenile salmonids and resident trout. More specifically, I am interested in how nutrients and light availability can promote greater primary production and heterotrophic production and how this, in turn, can resonate through food webs ultimately influencing fish and invertebrates. My first two years were focused on light availability in western Oregon streams but my current projects are now focusing on nutrient effects in Eastern Oregon.  Message to Prospective Mentees: I do not currently have any research opportunities. I am happy to serve as a mentor to any undergraduate looking for advice. If you are interested, let's grab a coffee and discuss your interests and how to best proceed.










These mentors are currently mentoring undergraduates and are not actively seeking new mentees. If your research interests most align with those of the mentors below, you must contact them directly to inquire about possible future research opportunities. Online applications will not be forwarded to these mentors.


Selene Fregosi

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Research Specialties: Wildlife Science, Mammals (marine), Acoustics, Technology, Ecology

Research Interests: I use novel autonomous passive acoustic platforms (robots!) to study the ecology of vocal animals. Basically, I listen for whales and identify where/when specific species are found to study their spatial and temporal distributions. My real passion is using new technologies in bioacoustics as a research tool to study behavioral ecology and sensory biology. Check out my web page:


Tyler Hallman

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Research Specialties: Wildlife Science, Avian Ecology, Birds, GIS, Citizen Science, Database

Research Interests: I conduct surveys of the birds in the Willamette Valley in an effort to estimate their current populations and changes in populations since Euro-American settlement in the 1850s. 


Matthew Ramirez

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Research Specialties: Marine ecology, Sea turtles, Population dynamics, Chemical analyses, Conservation biology

Research Interests: I am a doctoral candidate in Selina Heppell's lab. My research is currently focused on the reconstruction of sea turtle life history using multiple chemical approaches performed on their bones, which contain records of age, growth, and past habitat use and diet. This research provides important insight into cryptic life stages of these species and will ultimately be used to better parameterize population models for management and conservation. You can learn more about me and my research on my website:


Samara Haver

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Research Specialties: Wildlife Science, Passive acoustics, bioacoustics, anthropogenic impacts, conservation policy

Research Interests: I am a Ph.D. student in wildlife science and I work within the Cooperative Institute for Marine Resources Studies at Hatfield. I am broadly interested in marine protection and conservation, particularly for marine mammals. Currently, I am researching the impact of noise on the marine environment. For my dissertation research, I am comparing deep and shallow-water soundscapes throughout US waters. I use passive acoustic data to compare biological, geophysical, and anthropogenic sound sources. 


Dave Roon

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Research Specialties: Fisheries Science, Freshwater ecosystems, Stream-riparian food webs, stream fishes, stream amphibians

Research Interests: I'm a Ph.D. student working with Jason Dunham at USGS. I'm interested in how freshwater ecosystems respond to changing riparian forest conditions. My research takes place in headwater streams in the redwoods of Northern California and evaluates the effects of experimental riparian thinning treatments on stream temperature and macroinvertebrate prey resources that support stream fish and amphibians. 


Jane Dolliver

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Research Specialties: Wildlife Science, Conservation Biology, Seabirds, Forage Fish

Research Interests: As an MS student part of the Rob Suryan's Seabird Oceanography Lab, I monitor Oregon's largest colony of common murres (a penguin-like marine bird) at Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area, in Newport, OR. In addition to ongoing monitoring of top-down (eagle disturbance) and bottom-up (prey availability) effects on this breeding colony, we're interested in collecting data on colony attendance, reproductive timing and murre chick feeding rates.


Nicholas Hahlbeck

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Research Specialties: Fish, Ecology, Temperature, Movement, Life history

Research Interests: I am studying various aspects of redband trout life history in the Upper Klamath Basin, OR to understand how these fish have behaviorally adapted to adverse mean conditions across space and time. As the Klamath system looks similar to other systems' futures under climate change, my research aims to determine how warming waters might fit into the life history and ecology of coldwater fish like trout.


Alex Jensen

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Research Specialties: Fisheries science, stock identification, stock assessment, fishery management, and policy

Research Interests: I am a Ph.D. student working with Jim Peterson and Carl Schreck, and I’m primarily interested in conducting fisheries research that informs management.  My Ph.D. work focuses on developing new stock assessment tools and evaluating management frameworks for the fall-run Chinook salmon fishery at the mouth of the Columbia River. 


Jennifer Hayduk

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Research Specialties: Seagrass community ecology, multi-scale ecology, Pacific Northwest eelgrass food webs, bottom-up and top-down ecological effects

Research Interests: I am a Ph.D. student in Dr. Fiona Tomas Nash’s lab, an am interested in characterizing patterns of eelgrass community structure in Pacific Northwest estuaries across local to regional scales. Currently, I am working on an Oregon Sea Grant-funded project that examines the implications of eutrophication in seagrass systems within and across estuaries in Oregon. This research focuses on the implications of two key processes – herbivory by small epifaunal invertebrates and nutrient enrichment – on the distribution of eelgrass and the relationships among eelgrass and its competitors – macroalgae and epiphytic microalgae.


Lauren Zatkos

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Research Specialties: Fisheries Science, Freshwater ecosystems, Stream ecology, Freshwater Fishes, Amphibians, Food webs, Aquatic Invertebrates.

Research Interests: I am a Master’s student working in Ivan Arismendi’s lab and am interested in freshwater fishes, stream ecology, and climate change. My thesis research will focus on the diets and interactions of coastal cutthroat trout and the Pacific giant salamander. As the top aquatic predators in most headwater streams in the Pacific Northwest, these species play a substantial role in regulating the food web in their ecosystems. Specifically, this project will address the range differences of the coastal cutthroat trout and the Pacific giant salamander, as well as intraguild competition and habitat use. 

Dawn Barlow

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Research Specialties: Wildlife science, marine mammals, ecology, conservation  

Research Interests: I am an M.Sc. student in the Geospatial Ecology of Marine Megafauna Lab, supervised by Dr. Leigh Torres ( I am interested in the ecology and conservation of marine mammals, specifically how anthropogenic activity impacts marine mammals and the ecosystems they are part of. My research focuses on ecology, population dynamics, and habitat modeling of blue whales in a highly industrial area of New Zealand. 


Brittany Schwartzkopf

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Research Specialties: Fisheries Science, Fish, diet, feeding ecology, stable isotopes

Research Interests: I am a Ph.D. student in Scott Heppell's lab and my research focuses on juvenile rockfish life history traits in Oregon's estuaries. The life history traits I will be looking at include age and growth, diet, stable isotope analysis, and otolith microchemistry. I will be comparing these life history traits between different estuaries as well as between eelgrass habitats and dock habitats within each estuary. 


Ryan Baumbusch

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Research Specialties: Terrestrial and Forest Wildlife, Northern Spotted Owls, Barred Owls, Population Ecology, Statistical and Mathematical Modeling

Research Interests: My current research relates to the conversation problems posed to northern spotted owls by the arrival of barred owls from eastern North America. There is an ongoing experiment that is removing barred owls to assess whether this helps spotted owls. I am making use of this experiment to better understand the predator-prey interactions between barred owls and the species they eat. I have a lot of lab work that makes use of the barred owl specimens collected in 3 study areas across Washington and Oregon. I am 2 years into my PhD here at OSU. I Completed my Bachelors and Masters in Wildlife at Humboldt State University in Northern California. Prior to working in wildlife, I served 6 years in the Navy operating nuclear reactors.


Joel Ruprecht

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Research Specialties: Predator-prey relationships, Carnivore monitoring, Wildlife conservation, Statistical techniques in ecology

Research Interests: I'm interested in terrestrial wildlife ecology, with an emphasis on monitoring carnivore populations and predator-prey relationships.


Leila Giovannoni

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Research Specialties: Wetlands, Ecology, Mangroves, Blue Carbon, Climate Change

Research Interests: I study carbon cycling in Blue Carbon ecosystems, which are highly productive tidal wetlands that sequester and store large volumes of carbon. My field work takes place in Brazil, the Dominican Republic, and the Pacific Northwest, where we are working to quantify carbon stocks in mangroves, tidal marshes, Sitka spruce swamps, and seagrass beds. Specifically, I am interested in modeling how potential ecosystems drivers such as salinity, precipitation, and plant community structure impact carbon storage.


Claire Rosemond

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Research Specialties: Fish Reproductive Biology, Fisheries, Climate Variability

Research Interests: My research focuses on the influence of climate variability on the reproductive biology of Black rockfish on the Oregon coast.