The officers positions for Hydrophiles include: President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary, Webmaster, Marys River Watershed Council Representative, and the Symposium Planning Committee Chair. Officers and representatives are elected each year by popular vote of the members. Additionally, as a sponsored student organization the Hydrophiles have a faculty sponsor -- a position which is also determined annually. 

2018-2019 Officers and Advisors

Photo Position Name Information
President Nora Boylan

Nora, originally from the East Coast, is an M.S. Candidate in the Water Resource Science Program. Nora received her undergraduate degree in Geoscience from Hamilton College in New York. Before coming to graduate school she worked for an environmental engineering company as a Field Hydrogeologist. Her current research involves groundwater reactions to stream restoration in Central Washington.

Vice President Sami Cargill

Sami is pursuing a PhD in Water Resources Science. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Geophysics from UC Berkeley in 2016. After graduating, she spent a year working as a field technician at the Eel River Critical Zone Observatory in California before coming to OSU. Her research focuses on how sediment transport and the underlying lithology affects primary production in streams.

Treasurer Aubrey Myers

Aubrey is pursuing a Masters degree in Water Resources Science with a minor in Water Resources Policy and Management.  She initially became interested in water resources during her undergraduate career at Illinois State University where she learned about the negative effects of agricultural runoff on fresh water fish in the Midwest.  After graduating with a B.S. in Biology, she worked as a biologist aboard commercial fishing vessels in Alaska for NOAA.   Her current research focuses on the impact of tide-gates on fish community distribution in the Coos watershed. 

Secretary Ryan Cole

Ryan was born and raised in Texas before moving up to the Pacific Northwest to complete his undergraduate at Oregon State. He took a little time off school to working as a stream ecology research tech before coming back to start a Masters in Water Resources Science. Ryan has passion for learning and understanding the natural world, with which he hopes to become a responsible steward for our planet. When not working towards his graduate degree, Ryan enjoys spending time outdoors by backpacking, fishing, climbing, and taking on more hobbies than he can realistically juggle. Someday Ryan hopes to master the art of gourmet backcountry cooking.

Webmaster Emily Crampe


Emily is from the Boston area, and she received her BS in Geology with a minor in Environmental Science and Policy from Union College, NY in 2015. Since then she has worked as an environmental educator, graphic designer, and park interpreter at Thacher State Park, NY, Stroud Water Research Center, PA, and Glacier National Park, MT. She is pursuing research that combines her interests in geomorphology, geology, stable water isotopes, and groundwater storage. In her free time, you can find Emily hiking, crafting, dancing, or creating the next greatest playlist.


Marys River Watershed Council Representative Zach Pike-Urlacher

Before attending Oregon State University Zach Pike-Urlacher lived a fulfilling childhood, attended the Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies at Western Washington University, and then held a variety of positions related to the natural sciences and bread baking. When he is not scouring the scientific literature Zach enjoys backcountry skiing, mountain biking, rock climbing, surfing, working in his garden, creative writing, and playing his flute.

Symposium Planning Committee Chair Michelle Talal Michelle is the Symposium Planning Committee Chair for the 2019 Pacific Northwest Water Research Symposium. She has presented at this conference two years in a row, and considers it to be a welcoming and inspiring way to learn about water resources and meet other environmental professionals. She is originally from the Portland suburbs and is a 2nd year PhD Student in the environmental sciences graduate program with a focus on urban ecology and green infrastructure. In her spare time, she likes to sing and explore cities and the outdoors. 
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