Fishler, Hillary K.
Program: Environmental Science

As a Doctoral student in the Environmental Sciences program, I am interested in wildfire management and its intersection with human dimensions in the Deschutes and Fremont-Winema National Forests of Central and South Central Oregon. Currently, I work with Brent Steel and a number of foresters on Forests People Fire, at the USDA Forest Service Pacific Northwest Research Lab.

I received my MPP at Oregon State University in 2012, and during this time - I worked with Jeff Kline from the Forest Service on non-industrial private forest landowners' motivations for adopting a new incentive program in the Oregon. I also had the opportunity to participate in the Transatlantic Student Symposium, and worked for a number of agencies, including the Forest Service, Institute for National Resources, Earth Economics, and Carpe Diem West.

In my spare time, I love cycling, hiking, and many other sports, as well as gardening and brewery science. For me, OSU is the perfect place to experience the outdoors while studying it. Focus on the student experience and promoting student opportunities in research is what brought me to OSU for my Master's and what kept me here for my PhD.


Freeman, Misty
Policy Interests: Poverty and Inequality

Originally from the San Joaquin Valley of California, I came to Oregon State University in 2010 for the Master of Public Policy. My area of focus was social policy, and I also completed a Minor in Rural Studies. My final research project for the MPP was an exploration of how social services might be more effectively tailored to the needs of tribal children and families in Klamath County, Oregon.

After finishing my Master’s in 2012, I chose to stay on at OSU as a PhD student in Public Policy. I plan to delve more deeply into issues of poverty and inequality, the social safety net, and how we, as a society, take care of our most vulnerable populations, especially children. An important component of this study is exploring how we define concepts like poverty, how we set goals for social policy, and how we evaluate the effectiveness of policies and programs.

I have a number of other research interests as well, such as socially sustainable natural resource use, generational diversity issues, and residential racial segregation, to name a few.


Pant, Suman
Policy Interests: Environmental Policy

I completed my MPP at Oregon State in 2012, and for my research I looked at the impact of ecotourism on the development (sanitation and access to drinking water) of local communities in Annapurna Conservation Area, Nepal. Before coming to the US, I worked as a development officer in a non-profit for disadvantaged children in Nepal.

As a doctoral student in Public policy program, I am interested in community based natural resource management in developing countries, local empowerment and development through sustainable use of natural resources, and institutions (historical and existing) that facilitate engagement between local communities and policies.



Pakenham, Anna
Policy Interests: Environmental Policy, Social Policy

Originally from NY, I earned my undergraduate degree in Biology and Environmental Science at Connecticut College. From there I went into the Peace Corps in Micronesia, where I worked on monitoring community established marine protected areas. Following the Peace Corps, I worked for the National Park Service in Guam as a biologist looking at the effects of sedimentation on coral reefs. I kept with the human- ecology interaction theme for my master’s degree when I evaluated the effects of land use on sedimentation rates in Oregon’s estuaries.

My interest in policy came after a fellowship with the Oregon State Legislature where I work on creating marine reserves legislation, which lead to a job with ODFW as a policy lead. I am excited to join the PhD program in Public Policy to continue to study environmental policy and community collaborations.



Parker, Ashley
Policy Interests: Social Policy

I am originally from Central California where I received my undergraduate degree in Mathematics from CSU Stanislaus before coming to OSU. I earned my Master of Public Policy (MPP) degree in 2011 with a concentration of social policy, particularly the theoretical predictions of various policies and homelessness with regards to what happens to persons after they experience a foreclosure. I am in the first year of the PhD program and hope to collect data to substantiate the theoretical work completed in my MPP essay.



Taylor, Casey Lynn
Program: Environmental Science

Before coming to OSU, I spent time working variously as a biological field research technician, an environmental educator for the Appalachian Mountain Club and the Mount Washington Observatory in New Hampshire, and as an environmental program coordinator at Bennington College in Vermont. I graduated from Cornell University's Natural Resources program in 2004, and received an M.S. in Resource Management and Conservation Biology from the University of Michigan in 2008. For my master’s research, I studied biodiversity patterns among birds and insects in agricultural landscapes in southern Mexico.

As a PhD student in the Environmental Science program, I am interested in how scientists and other technical experts interact with public audiences within environmental conflicts. What roadblocks do scientists encounter in engaging with the public policy process? Are efforts by scientists to communicate their research to a broader audience effective? What role to funding institutions and universities play in facilitating a more engaged scientific community? Outside of academics, I enjoy hiking and spending time outdoors, and exploring all the beautiful places Oregon and the Pacific Northwest have to offer.



Utami, Arini
Policy Interests: Environmental, Social, Rural Policy

I am from Jogjakarta, one of Indonesia's cultural cities. I graduated from Gadjah Mada University, both for my undergraduate and master degrees. I majored in Agricultural Socioeconomics for my undergraduate degree (2005), and Agricultural Economics for my graduate degree (2008). My topics of interest are mainly on climate change and food security. I did a research project for my master thesis on these issues, where I assessed the impact of El Nino and La Nina climate anomalies on the food supply and farmers welfare in Java Island, Indonesia. I hope I can broaden my research on this topic to cover all of Indonesia, as different islands receive different impacts of the climate anomalies. My policy interests now are more about Environmental, Social and Rural Policy. This is based on some previous research I’ve engaged before, such as the impact of decentralization on the quality of social services, assessment on food security or insecurity, rural farming and microfinance, and assessment of rural community’s vulnerability on climate change.

Before coming here, I worked at Department of Agricultural Socioeconomics, Gadjah Mada University as a researcher and teaching assistant. I am now a Fulbright Scholar to pursue my PhD at Oregon State University, which is a great place for me to meet people from different backgrounds working on climate change and natural resource/environmental issues.