Courtney Flathers completed her Master of Public Policy at OSU in 2017. Her academic interests include rural policy, natural resources policy and marine policy. A native Oregonian, Courtney earned her bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Sociology from Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota. After completing her undergraduate education she completed a year of AmeriCorps service working as a literacy tutor in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Before pursuing graduate school she also worked in the Oregon State Legislature for three years. At OSU, she conducted research with the support of NOAA and Oregon Sea Grant on demographic changes in the commercial fishing industry and impacts on community resilience. She worked with Hilary on the community reactions to extreme weather project. She now works as a field representative for Senator Merkley.
Timothy Pape is a PhD student in the Environmental Sciences Department at OSU researching the USDA’s Conservation Reserve Program in the Columbia River Basin. He received his MS in Environmental Policy: Energy and Sustainability from the University of Denver and his bachelor’s degree in Philosophy: Ethics, Law, and Value Theory from USC.
Brittany Gaustad graduated from OSU with a Master of Public Policy in 2015. She is currently a research assistant at the Institute for Transportation Research and Education at North Caroline State University. Her research interests include environmental and energy policy, conserving energy through everyday behavior, social movements and the impacts of globalized commodities on environmental quality. While at OSU, she conducted research on perceptions of public participation processes in the siting of liquefied natural gas facilities in Astoria and Coos Bay, Oregon.
Greg Stelmach completed his Master of Public Policy degree at OSU in 2019, working on the Smart & Connected Kids for Sustainable Energy Communities project. He is now a PhD student in Public Policy at OSU. He has been working with Hilary on research related to public views of fossil fuel export.
Elizabeth “Betsy” Emery completed her M.S. degree in the Forest Ecosystems and Society Program at Oregon State in 2020. Prior to joining the program, she helped establish the City of Flagstaff, Arizona’s Open Space Program, including working with stakeholder groups to acquire natural areas, develop management plans, establish natural resource policies, and implement infrastructure improvement projects. At OSU, Betsy’s research explored how people perceive risks and make decisions, with a specific focus on how people reason about the use of biotechnology to address forest health threats. When she isn’t organizing events for the College of Forestry’s Graduate Student Council or reading about cognitive psychology, you can find her hiking in the Cascade mountains or dancing at a concert in Portland.
Victoria Moreno completed her Master of Public Policy at Oregon State University in 2021. Her graduate research explored Dungeness crabbers’ perceptions of their ability to adapt to ocean acidification (OA) and other environmental stressors in Oregon. Victoria graduated in ’19 from the University of Richmond with her BSc in Environmental Studies and Anthropology, where she explored the intersectionality of environmental change in marine ecosystems and corresponding human effects within the coastal communities. When she is not working on her research, she enjoys cooking, reading, engaging with the community and exploring the Pacific Northwest with her Great Pyrenees puppy. She is currently a Regional Engagement Fellow at COMPASS.
Maham completed her master’s degree in economics from Government College University (Lahore, Pakistan) and has been working in academia and the private sector since 2013. As a PhD Fulbright scholar, she aspires to pursue her passion for international energy policy and renewable energy.
Nicolette completed her master’s in Environmental Education at OSU with a focus in free-choice learning. She holds her bachelor’s in Psychology and Applied Behavior Analysis and has worked in the zoo and aquarium field for the last 15 years. As a result of her experiences conducting wildlife education presentations for visitors and utilizing behavioral principles to train animals, she became interested in understanding the role zoos and aquariums play in pro-environmental behavior change and is currently in the process of establishing an environmental nonprofit that aims to do just that!
Jenna Knobloch graduate from OSU with a Master of Public Policy in 2016. Her research interests include environmental and climate change policy, particularly where they intersect with collaborative governance. Prior to coming to OSU, she earned a degree in Economics from Portland State University and was an AmeriCorps VISTA member at a financial education nonprofit. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, reading and brewing beer. She worked with Hilary on the community reactions to extreme weather project. She is now a forest program manager at Sustainable Northwest.
Viviana Oquendo is a Colombian Fulbright grantee pursuing a Ph.D. in Public Policy at Oregon State University. She worked as an MSc in Economic Sciences, supporting several areas of public policy, until her personal life unveiled her passion for peacebuilding and rural welfare. As a Ph.D. candidate, she is researching how rural development can promote a culture of peace in countries that are overcoming civil war (such as her own home country). She acknowledges how public policy has influenced her life, so she wants to serve as a policy analyst for peacebuilding purposes.
Associate Professor & Associate Director of Graduate Programs
School of Public Policy
Oregon State University
300 Bexell Hall
Corvallis, Oregon 97331