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Community Spotlight: Q&A with Olyssa Starry

Olyssa Starry is an assistant professor of urban ecology at the Portland State University Honors College working on several research projects with students right now that all use greenroofs as model systems for understanding urban ecology.

Community Spotlight: Q&A with Eric Rutledge

I am Eric Rutledge, a first year Master of Urban Regional Planning candidate at Portland State University. I have a passion for landscapes—urban and rural—and the people that inhabit them. I express this passion by learning more about cities and regions in academic and professional settings, but also informally through travel, reading, and conversation.

Community Spotlight: Q&A with Emma Prichard

My name is Emma Prichard, and I just graduated from PSU with a bachelor’s degree in environmental science and Urban Honors in December 2015. Throughout my degree I've worked in aquatic ecology research and sustainability initiatives to protect human health and the environment from pollution.

Community Spotlight: Q&A with Stefanie Steele

My name is Stefanie Steele, and I am currently a junior biology major at PSU. I started at PSU in 2013 as a transfer student from the University of Cincinnati, but moved to Portland in 2012 seeking a change of pace and to see where life might take me! I am currently the Beekeeping Intern for the Student Sustainability Center (SSC) at Portland State. I’m leading a new and very exciting project for PSU—to bring beehives to campus!

Community Spotlight: Q&A with Frances Hanna

Hello, my name is Frances Hanna. I am the lead Sustainability Student Ambassador for Portland State. I’m a second year student majoring in International Studies and minoring in Mandarin Chinese. I am originally from Indiana, Pennsylvania. Although I grew up in a very small town I feel at home here in Portland.

Community Spotlight: Q&A with Virginia Luka

My name is Virginia Ngilmau Pedro Rivard Luka. I’m an advisor with Student Activities and Leadership Programs (SALP), and a graduate student in the Leadership for Sustainability Education (LSE) program. I was born on the island of Palau and lived on Guam for 25 years before moving to Oregon about 12 years ago. Before moving to Portland, I attended Rogue Community College and graduated from Southern Oregon University with degrees in education and anthropology.

Community Spotlight: Q&A with Max Nielsen-Pincus

I'm Max Nielsen-Pincus, assistant professor of environmental science and management. I am a social scientist interested in interdisciplinary explorations of environmental and natural resource issues. I am also a fourth generation Oregonian, a native of Portland, and a proud parent.

Community Spotlight: Q&A with Manar Alattar

My name is Manar Alattar. I am a Ph.D. student at Portland State University in the School of the Environment. I am also the new food diversion coordinator in the Campus Sustainability Office! My work and research focus on compost process efficiency (greenhouse gas emissions, carbon/nitrogen endpoints, compost fertilizer efficiency, etc.) as well as community engagement in composting and food diversion. It’s super fun stuff!

Community Spotlight: Q&A with Catherine McNeur

Catherine McNeur, assistant professor of environmental history and public history and award-winning author of Taming Manhattan: Environmental Battles in the Antebellum City. One of the things I’m most excited about is a public history course I’ve been developing on Portland’s Heritage Trees.

Community Spotlight: Q&A with Elyse Cogburn

Hello! I’m Elyse Cogburn, and I am a recent graduate (spring 2015) with a Bachelor’s of Science in Environmental Studies and Geography. At my time at Portland State University, I have been involved with many organizations and committees around campus. Outside of the Portland State University community, I am involved with 350PDX and Rising Tide. I also have an amazing job working for REI educating members about the great outdoors! I am also a catmom to the best fluffy sidekick a girl could ask for, Arya