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. 

2017-2018 Officers and Advisors

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President Holly Mondo

Holly received her Bachelor of Science from the University of California, Merced where she majored in Earth Systems Science and minored in Environmental Science & Sustainability. During her undergraduate career, Holly traveled to Costa Rica where she studied graywater’s effects on local estuaries, in regards to algal blooms. This is where her interest in water management began. After graduating, she was given the opportunity to travel to Palau, Micronesia to help her PI on his research project centered around evolutionary biology in marine lakes. Since then, she has worked primarily in the education sector working for a non-profit outdoor education school in the Tahoe, CA area called Sierra Nevada Journeys as well as with the Discovery Science Foundation located in Los Angeles. She is extremely excited to be living in the Pacific Northwest and hopes to focus her research on implementing water management strategies & policies in developing countries with an emphasis on transboundary groundwater.

Vice President Michelle Hu

Michelle Hu is an M.S. student in the Water Resources Science Program working with Professor Anne Nolin as part of the Mountain Hydroclimatology Research Group at OSU.  Her research examines potential climate sensitivity of winter snowfall in the Western US using daily precipitation and temperature data from the NRCS' SNOTEL network.  Michelle received her B.S. in Biology and International Studies with a minor in Environmental Studies from the University of Wisconsin - Madison.

  Treasurer Laura Marshall

Laura is a native Oregonian who received her B.S. from University of Oregon in Economics and International Studies. She worked in the private sector as a Team Leader for an international finance company before coming to OSU. Her research interests include: behavioral economics for natural resources, the environmental Kuznet's curve, and water transactions.

  Secretary Nicole Feiten  

Nicki grew up in central Wisconsin where water is fresh and abundant. From spending her youth on the water every summer she then attended the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point and earned her Bachelors degree in Water Resource Management and Geology in 2012. From there she took her broad skill set and worked as a Research Assistant for the Water Resource Science and Education center at UWSP. She spent one year as an Environmental Scientist at Kapur and Associates before packing her bags and heading out west to serve in Americorps in Coos Bay Oregon. After her year of environmental education and research with the Coos Watershed Association she moved into a field position with ODFW as a Life Cycle Monitoring Technician for wild and native spawning salmon.

  Webmaster Sam Swanson


Sam is excited to work hard as a graduate student in WRE.  Before coming to Oregon State, he studied as an undergraduate at Montana State University, where he earned a Biology degree with a minor in Statistics.  He then spent several years abroad and working seasonally, eager to put his skills to use in the field and the workplace.  Most recently, Sam was a scientific consultant for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in Asheville, NC, where he used remotely-sensed weather data to measure historical snowpack in the Sierra Nevadas, Cascades, and Great Plains.  An avid kayaker, he hopes his passion for rivers in the West will be put to good use while pursuing a Master's Degree under Prof. Desiree Tullos.


Marys River Watershed Council Representative Amelia Yeager

I grew up in the McDonald Forest outside of Corvallis, Oregon, which nurtured my appreciation for forest and water systems from an early age. I received my BS in Environmental Science from Western Washington University in 2012, with minors in Environmental Policy and French. After graduation, I spent four years working in the Pacific Northwest and abroad. I performed salmon habitat surveys, first for the US Forest Service and later for an environmental consulting firm. I spent two years in France teaching English in French public schools, and I interned with the Oregon Association of Clean Water Agencies. I am excited to be starting a new chapter here at Oregon State, where my graduate research will focus on optimizing artificial log jam placement within Oregon Coast Range watersheds for increased stream complexity and salmon habitat.

 Displaying Amelia Snyder Bio Pic.jpg Marys River Watershed Council Representative Amelia Snyder Amelia Snyder is pursuing a Masters degree in Water Resources Engineering. She received her Bachelor's degree in Chemistry and Environmental Studies from Warren Wilson College. Amelia's research focuses on the optimal design of weather station networks in Africa, as part of the TAHMO project. Amelia's interest in working in developing regions stems from her time in Liberia, West Africa, where she served as a Peace Corps Volunteer.
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