The Hydrophiles organization at OSU has five officer positions (President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary, and Webmaster) along with two representatives for the Marys River Watershed Council. Officers and representatives are elected each year by popular vote of the members. Voting occurs at the annual spring meeting, which has traditionally taken the form of a cookout at Avery Park. Additionally, as a sponsored student organization the Hydrophiles have a faculty sponsor -- a position which is also determined annually. 

2016-2017 Officers and Advisors

Photo Position Name Information
President Carolyn Gombert

Carolyn is pursuing a Master's degree in Water Resources Science. She is interested in cold water refuges on the Willamette River. Before coming to Oregon State's Water Resources Graduate Program, she completed a bachelor's degree in English with a minor in environmental science. During her time at OSU, she looks forward to being able to contribute to our understanding of off channel habitat and water temperature.

Vice President Ryan Crumley

Ryan Crumley is a Ph.D. student in the Water Resources Graduate Program interested in human and ecosystem vulnerabilities in both glacierized and snow dominated watersheds in the context of a changing climate. In 2016 he joined the OSU Mountain Hydroclimatology Research Group and has been working on snow mapping using MODIS and Google Earth Engine's cloud computing platform, as well as land surface hydrologic modeling in glacierized watersheds in coastal Alaska. In 2015, he received an M.A. in Geography from Ohio State University conducting research on glacier melt contribution to stream flow in the arid, high alpine regions of the Peruvian Andes. 

Ingria Jones  Treasurer Ingria Jones

Ingria is an M.S. candidate in OSU's Water Resources Policy and Management Program studying with Dr. Ed Weber. Her research is examining collaborative problem solving capacity in the Willamette Basin. For the past ten years she has been learning about water resources management through studying the Tri-State negotiations between Georgia, Alabama, and Florida at Bennington College, researching peri-urban water supply in Botswana, and interning with the Upper Chattahoochee Riverkeeper, the Deschutes River Conservancy, and GSI Water Solutions. She helped plan the 2016 Pacific Northwest Water Research Symposium and looks forward to supporting this year's Symposium and the Hydrophiles community! 

  Secretary Elizabeth (Liz) Jachens  

Liz is currently pursuing a M.S. degree in Water Resources Engineering. She completed her undergraduate degree at California State University, Chico in Civil Engineering with a minor in Mathematics. Her research interests include groundwater hydrology and water management in developing countries.

  Webmaster Travis Grohman


Travis is currently pursuing a M.S. degree in Water Resources Engineering. Born and raised in San Antonio TX, he received a B.S. in Physics from Texas Tech University in May of 2012. His interests include the protection and cost-effective remediation of our nation’s ground and surface water resources. His current research, funded by the Oregon Dairy Farmer’s Association, involves increasing the efficiency of nitrate remediation for concentrated animal feeding operation wastes.


Marys River Watershed Council Representative Rianne BeCraft

Rianne is pursuing a M.S. degree in Water Resources Policy and Management. Before coming to OSU, Rianne worked for two years as a Project Associate and Fellow at Meridian Institute in Dillon, CO and Washington, D.C. While at Meridian, Rianne supported the design and implementation of collaborative public policy processes focused on natural resource issues. Prior to that, she served two terms as an AmeriCorps volunteer, including one year with the National Wildlife Federation and one year with the Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center, both in the Seattle area. Rianne has also worked as a Plant Ecology Research Intern at the Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve, a Long Term Ecological Research site in East Bethel, MN. She graduated with a B.S. in Environmental Science and a minor in Spanish from Western Washington University in 2010. She is particularly interested in groundwater and drought issues.

  Marys River Watershed Council Representative Rachael Davee Rachael Davee is a long time river enthusiast and has spent the last ten years learning about the intricacies of their physical form and social functions. She is currently working on a Master’s degree in the geography program with a focus on human dimensions of rangeland in semi-arid watersheds with certificates in GIS and Water Conflict Transformation.  As a member of the Mary’s River Watershed Council Board she is working to bridge the research interests and skills of OSU graduate students with the local needs in our watershed through internships and community engagement. 
Mary Santelmann photo Advisor Dr. Mary Santelmann College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences
Michael Campana photo Advisor Dr. Michael Campana  College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences