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. 

2022-2023 Officers and Advisors

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President Hannah Steele

Hannah is a first year PhD student in the geography program studying snow hydrology in the western United States. She is interested in using a variety of geospatial technologies such as remote sensing, machine learning/AI, and GIS to better understand and measure how changing snow conditions impact water resources. She enjoys hiking, playing video games, starting new art projects and generally just hanging out.

  Vice President Will Nuckoles  
Treasurer Ellery Ohlwiler

Ellery is a second year MS student in the Geomatics Civil Engineering program. She completed her undergraduate at Oregon State in environmental science with a Water resources and GIS emphasis. She has a background in small stream bathymetric lidar applications and her current research focuses on seafloor relative reflectance mapping for shallow water estuaries. In her free time, Ellery enjoys spending time around in and in rivers, yoga, and baking, and generally being outside!

Secretary Madelyn Maffia


Originating from Santa Rosa, CA, Maddie is a second-year master's student studying Water Resources Science in the College of Forestry. She has a growing interest in restoration projects pertaining to aquatic environments and is currently researching how large wood introductions impact stream geomorphology and coho salmon habitat in the Oregon Coast Range. In her spare time, Maddie enjoys running, hiking, practicing yoga, and lounging near bodies of water.

Webmaster Kristine Alford

Originally from Alabama, Kristine is a Ph.D. student at OSU in the department of Fisheries and Wildlife Conservation. She received her Master's in Marine Conservation and Resource Management at the University of South Alabama, and moved to the PNW to work on understanding the short-term water quality effects of the Klamath Dam Removal. In her free time, she enjoys yoga, reading, and splashing around in rivers, lakes, and the ocean.

  Outreach Coordinator Henry Pitts




Marys River Watershed Council Representative Dean Jeffrey Anderson

Dean was born and raised on the eastern plains of Colorado but has called Sitka Alaska home for the last 6 years. He obtained a B.S. in Watershed Science and a minor in Geology from Colorado State University and has since worked as a hydrologist on the Tongass National Forest. Dean is a second-year Masters student in Water Resources Science. His research focuses on identifying climate induced changes to the hydrologic and thermal regimes of Alaskan coastal watersheds. In his spare time, Dean loves hanging with his Dog Napali, working with ceramics, and spending time recreating and subsisting in the woods. 


PNW Water Research Symposium Event Coordinator  Najiba Rashid  
PNW Water Research Symposium Event Coordinator  Zoe Rosenblum Zoe is a doctoral candidate in geography. Her research explores how international water governance facilitates the management of wetlands that cross country borders. She enjoys hiking, surfing, and baking vegan treats.
Advisor Dr. Mary Santelmann College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences