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Student Profiles

Use the pull-down menu to learn something about the students currently enrolled in the PSM programs at OSU. While students do come into the PSM program right after completing their Bachelor’s degree, many are returning to continue their education after spending several years working in the field.

Greg Benge

PSM Program: Environmental Sciences
Graduation Date: 2015
Previous Education: B.S. in Geography, Oregon State University
Profile: After completing my undergraduate degree it was important to me to continue learning and gaining experience in the environmental services industry. I started volunteering for The Nature Conservancy, working with their planning and GIS department on a project for US Forest Service. Through my volunteering efforts I became interested in gaining professional experience through an AmeriCorp Internship, which I got working for the Clackamas River Basin Council. The 6 month internship ended up turning into a 2 year position, working on projects that focused on enhancing the watershed, and getting residence involved in its protection. Next I surveyed and studied salmonid habitat in the Upper Grand Ronde River, working with the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission. This position focused on stream changes, riparian structure, streambed makeup, and snorkel surveys in order to understand the stream characteristics that make a difference to salmon. This year I started working with Watershed Sciences Inc., initially editing utility videos, and currently preparing LIDAR data for clients at their Corvallis office. My watershed centered work experience has allowed me to understand their importance, and has driven my focus towards water resources. Through the PSM degree program I’m looking to build my professional skills, and enhance my understanding of watershed processes and preservation. After graduating I’m looking to earn a career in the environmental sciences field, developing projects focused on water quality improvements.

Andrea Kuchy

PSM Program: Graduate Certificate
Graduation Date: 2012
Previous Education: M.S. in Rangeland Ecology & Management and Certificate of Geographic Information Systems, University of Idaho; PGDipSci, University of the Witwatersrand (South Africa); B.A. in Environmental Studies and Minor in International Relations, Florida International University
Profile: I previously examined large wildfires in the western U.S. and researched large mammal behavior as part of my graduate degree programs. As an undergraduate, I conducted climate change research in arctic Alaska for 4 seasons. I am currently a doctoral student in the Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society. My professional interests include the human dimensions of the wildlife trade and poaching in Africa. Through the Graduate Certificate in Management for Science Professionals, I seek to compliment my ecological and social science background with leadership and business skills I can apply to obtaining managerial employment overseas upon graduation.