Oregon State University

College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences

CEOAS Public Relations Undergraduate Ambassadors

Ambassadors serve as representatives for the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences (CEOAS) and are responsible to supporting the College in recruitment and promotional efforts. Ambassadors have the opportunity to attend on and off-campus recruiting events; make presentations and provide college tours; attend alumni events; engage in marketing and promotion efforts; and host students and parents visiting campus.

Costanza Fantoni

Hello, my name is Costanza Fantoni, and I am a junior here at Oregon State University. I am pursuing a double major in Environmental Science, with a specialization in Alternative Energy, and Environmental Chemistry. I am originally from Florence, Italy, but I have always been drawn to the Pacific Northwest for both the quality of education in the fields of study I care about and the great outdoors. At Oregon State I have had the opportunity to get involved in many ways. My favorites have been working in a Soil Science Laboratory and studying forest management in Chile on a faculty-led program this past spring. I love what I'm studying, and I know it will prepare me for the impactful career I strive to have. If I could, I would never shut up about how great this has been, being able to do what I love in a community that cares as much as me. Hence, ask any questions and say “hi”!

CostanzaFantoni

Hannah Garcia

Hey everyone, my name is Hannah. I study Geography and Geospatial Science, and I am also earning my GIS certificate. I was born and raised in Oregon and spent most of my childhood in the Portland Metro Area. Growing up in cities, I’ve developed an interest in disaster management and urban development. I currently volunteer with Laurie Becker working on connectivity projects for the city of Corvallis. When I'm not in class I enjoy spending time with family, volunteering, and going out to the coast. If you see me around campus feel free to introduce yourself. I love meeting new people and making friends!

Hannah Garcia

Katherine Landoni

Hey, my name is Katherine Landoni, and I am a junior pursing a double major in Geology and Environmental Sciences. I am also a part of The Honors College. I grew up in Sequim, Washington in an area that is tectonically active which has led me to my love of geology and the outdoors. The tight knit atmosphere in CEOAS has allowed me to meet genuinely amazing and caring professors and passionate students. I enjoy backpacking, rock climbing, and being outdoors when I'm not busy with school work. I am currently conducting undergraduate research with Adam Kent determining the age of a rock formation in the Cascade Mountains using Argon isotope dating. I am the President of the internationally-traveling Geosciences club through CEOAS. Being an ambassador is exciting because it allows me to share my personal experiences with prospective students, parents, and alumni. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact me, or if you see me around, stop and say “hi”!

Katherine Landoni

Maggie O’Rourke-Liggett

Hello! My name is Maggie O’Rourke-Liggett, and I am a senior in the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences. I am pursuing a degree in Ocean Science. I am also a Resident Assistant in one of our residence halls. I am from Carlsbad, CA and have had a passion for studying the ocean and marine creatures ever since I was little. I chose OSU’s Ocean Science program for my degree because it gives a solid base of how all sciences interact with each other, in context to the ocean, which will be beneficial for pursuing a career in marine science. This summer I worked with the Geospatial Ecology of Marine Megafauna where I helped them research the foraging behavior of gray whales off the Port Orford, Oregon coast. I am excited to be an ambassador for CEOAS so I can share my experiences and inspire future students.

Maggie O’Rourke-Liggett

Zachary Pinard

Hi! My name is Zac Pinard, and I am currently a junior in CEOAS pursuing a double major in Environmental Sciences, with a specialization in Environmental Economics and Policy, and Fisheries and Wildlife Science. I am also in the Honors College and have a minor in Spanish. I grew up in Pleasanton, California in the San Francisco Bay area where I developed a passion for protecting the environment and mitigating human civilization’s effects on ecosystems. I have had experience working with the Sustainability Double Degree and the Student Sustainability Initiative on campus, and I am currently the ASOSU Coordinator of Environmental Affairs. In my free time, I enjoy playing soccer, football, and badminton, as well as hiking, watching movies, and learning about flags. I have grown very close to the CEOAS community and am excited to share its many opportunities with students as an ambassador. If you have any questions or would like any advice, don’t hesitate to contact me and introduce yourself!

Zachary Pinard

Past Undergraduate Ambassadors

Gareth Baldrica-Franklin

Hello! My name is Gareth Baldrica-Franklin, and I'm originally from Portland, Oregon. At a young age, I developed a love of maps, which led me to grow curious about the world and the concept of place. Geography was the perfect fit for me, specifically the interaction between humans and the Earth, something the program here greatly emphasizes. I currently work at the Institute for Water and Watersheds, where I've had the opportunity to learn about local and global water systems, and how they affect people throughout the world. I also have done work with the Cartography and Geovisualization Group, creating maps and working on the development of an iBooks atlas. The small size of the college and the approachability of the professors made these opportunities easy to find. When I'm not working or in the classroom, you can find me cooking, writing, hiking or taking in a good movie. I'm excited to represent CEOAS in order to make people aware of everything it has to offer.

Gareth Baldrica-Franklin

Matt Conlin

Hello, my name is Matt Conlin. I grew up in central Massachusetts, and I am currently in my second year here at OSU. I was in the Geology program for my first year, and then switched to the Ocean Science program, keeping a minor in geology. I do research focused on coastal hazards and erosion in the Pacific Northwest, which includes fieldwork collecting data on the coasts of Oregon and Washington, and lab work to analyze this data. I hope to continue studying coastal processes and coastal hazards into graduate school and beyond. To me, CEOAS is the perfect college because of its small size within a huge university. This allows for fantastic one-on-one contact with faculty, while at the same time providing the resources and research capabilities only available at large universities. Outside of class and research, I spend as much time as I can outside; running, hiking, camping, or hanging out on the beach. I love CEOAS, and I can't wait to share my passion with others.

Matt Conlin

Lacey Gunther

My name is Lacey Gunther, and I am a junior in the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences. I am currently working to obtain a B.S. for Environmental Science, with an emphasis on Aquatic Biology and Water Science. I am from West Linn, OR and have always been in love with the Pacific Northwest, which is one reason why I came to OSU. My main extracurricular activities include playing Ultimate Frisbee on the Women's Club team, and I also love to rock climb and hike. I am currently involved in undergraduate research with Professor Kim Bernard, and am studying how climate change is affecting the abundance of Antarctic Krill. I'm excited to represent CEOAS because it will give me the chance to help other students engage in the wonderful opportunities available here at OSU, and I can't wait to inspire other students about their education.

Lacey Gunther

Wade Johnson

My name is Wade Johnson and I am currently a senior studying Environmental Sciences and pursuing a GIS Certificate. I was born and raised in the PNW which has led to my love for the great outdoors and the reason for pursuing my major in CEOAS. Being part of CEOAS has afforded me many great opportunities such as researching Cinnabar Moths over a summer and interning with the Academic Programs Manager at Hatfield Marine Science Center. When I am not hitting the books you can most likely find me at the climbing gyms around campus or if whether permitting, at the coast surfing. I am excited to be an ambassador for CEOAS and provide insight to perspective students, parents, and current students into what this college is and it's many benefits. If you see me around campus please don't hesitate to introduce yourself!

Wade Johnson

Rachael Thurn

My name is Rachael Thurn, I am a sophomore studying Environmental Science with an option in Environmental Conservation and Sustainability and a minor in Spanish. I grew up in Eugene Oregon and decided to go to Oregon State because my dad went here! I have always been a nature girl, and love being outside whether it is hiking, rollerblading, or just adventuring. I also like reading, crafting and watching Game of Thrones. I really like being part of a college like CEOAS because it gives me a lot of control and choice over what I want to study. I am really excited for this opportunity because I am very passionate about the college and can't wait to share that with all the other students, faculty and staff that make up our unique college!

Rachael Thurn

Rachel Hausmann

My name is Rachel Hausmann, I am a Junior studying Geology and Water Science with an option in Public Interpretation. I was born and raised in Portland. I play rugby for OSU and am a member of the Geosciences Club. The most rewarding activity I do within the college is volunteering in classes, I help students with their labs both inside and outside the classroom. I enjoy tutoring because it shows the underclassmen that their are upperclassmen who want to see them succeed and become passionate about Earth Sciences. Oregon State University's CEOAS is exceptional. I was attracted to the department for the impressive research on the Pacific Rim of Fire and West Coast earthquakes. My academic and career goals are to produce research that help lead to the planning and ultimate safety of our communities around hazardous locations.

Rachel Hausmann

Jamie Merritt

Hi, my name is Jamie Merritt and I am a sophomore in the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences. I am currently pursuing an Environmental Sciences major with a Toxicology Minor and an International Degree with a focus in Spanish. I grew up in El Dorado Hills, CA near Sacramento but have always loved Oregon for its cooler weather and love of the outdoors. I enjoy playing soccer and Ultimate Frisbee, but my favorite past time is backpacking. I was attracted to the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences because I have always been interested in learning about the environment and especially about how to treat water pollution. I hope to travel around the world after college and assist in fixing the water pollution problem in many countries. I am so excited about being an ambassador of this college because I have grown passionate about this school and my major and I hope to inspire other students to become excited too.

Jamie Merritt

Latifa Salih

Hi! I'm majoring in Environmental Science and am excited to be graduating in the spring of 2014. I'm from Denver, by way of two dozen other cities that I've lived in all over the U.S. When I'm not studying, I enjoy hiking, exploring, or watching movies while snuggling my family. My interests are in water resources- science, policy, and management. I love CEOAS and all of the opportunities that are available for students to get involved. I can't wait to be able to help others have a great experience here as well.

Latifa Salih

Tyler Schlieder

Hello, my name is Tyler Schlieder. I grew up in a small one light town in California called Calistoga, about two hours north of San Francisco. I was attracted to CEOAS because as a child I was constantly outside exploring, and when I got to OSU I finally had an opportunity to study how the natural world works. Now, at the end of my third year, I am studying geology, and doing research on a volcanic province in Saudi Arabia. When I'm not at school I am usually mountain biking, rock climbing, or reading anything I can get my hands on. I really look forward to representing CEOAS because it will give me the opportunity to meet more people who are interested in the way our world works, and I will be able to share my experiences at OSU with a wider audience.

Tyler Schlieder