Jeff Behan works as a Science Policy Research Analyst, with over 15 years of experience working with state and federal agencies, universities and native tribes to acquire, synthesize and deliver natural resource science knowledge. Jeff’s professional interests include science-based natural resource policy, science synthesis and knowledge transfer, sustainability, public land management, river management and outdoor recreation policy and management.
INR projects that Jeff has been involved with include the Oregon Scenic Waterways Review, Oregon Department of Forestry Salmon Anchor Habitat Policy Review, Fire Program Review, applying Systematic Evidence Review to natural resource questions, and the Wildfire Risk Explorer. Jeff was a co-organizer of the conference “At the Crossroads: Sustaining Oregon’s Forests in a Rapidly Changing World.”
Libby is a graduate student in the Water Resources Policy & Management and Geography programs at OSU. Her interests include the union of science and policy, groundwater, and conflict resolution. Her research focuses on cooling wastewater through ‘thermal stripping’ from a physical and economic standpoint. Prior to OSU she earned a BS in Environmental Science from Juniata College and worked as a GIS intern.
Andrew is a graduate student in the Water Resources Science program and he is interested in modeling future scenarios to better understand the impacts of land management on nutrient dynamics in agricultural watersheds. Andrew splits his time developing online content for INR, IWW, and Oregon Explorer. Prior to starting at OSU, Andrew worked as a GIS intern for a number of organizations in the Willamette Valley. Outside of school, he can be found playing wing for the Corvallis Rugby Football Club, drumming, or reading about zombies.
Luca De Stefanis joined the Institute for Natural Resources in the summer of 2012 after a decade of experience in the areas of environmental and conservation analysis, planning and design having worked throughout North America and Europe. Currently, he is working on his Master's degree at Oregon State University in Environmental Policy with a minor in business through the PSM program and a second Master's in Natural Resource Management - Water Conflict Management. Luca recently finished an externship working for U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley focusing on environmental policy issues related to land and water on behalf of INR. He is presently on an externship from INR to The White House, Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) in Washington, D.C. where he is working on a Climate Adaptation Team to develop strategies for implementation of U.S. President Barack Obama’s Climate Action Plan. Luca's policy interests are climate adaptation, preparedness and resilience, water resources, sustainable land use development, collaborative governance and conflicts over natural resources. On his free time Luca enjoys global travel when the opportunity lends itself and when at home in Oregon he prefers road biking, collecting jazz records, backpacking in the Cascades, drinking strong coffee, Italian rustic cooking and exploring the beautiful Pacific Northwest.
Ruth Vondracek joined the Oregon Explorer team in 2007. Her early experiences as an archaeologist spurred a keen interest in natural and cultural resource issues. In addition to working with Oregon Explorer, she is responsible for the Archives natural resource collection.
Rob began working at INR in late 2010 developing the Ecosystem Commons, an online community focused on Ecosystem Services. Rob’s background includes habitat restoration, vegetation dynamics, and native plant materials development. Prior to joining INR, Rob worked with the Institute for Applied Ecology, the US Forest Service, and the National Park Service.
Maria has a joint appointment with the OSU Institute for Water and Watersheds (IWW) where she is the coordinator for the Willamette Water 2100 project. In the past she has managed websites, edited newsletters and written technology transfer material for INR, Oregon Explorer and other OSU research programs. She has a background in geology and geomorphology and worked as a hydrologist for the USGS in Columbia, Missouri before coming to OSU in 2001.
Before coming to INR, Janine was OSU Library’s Program Director for the Oregon Explorer natural resources digital library. She has also worked for the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board, California Department of Fish and Game, California Resources Agency, CalFIRE, and NASA Ames Research Center to promote information sharing and collaborative approaches to conservation and resource management at local, state, and regional scales. Locally, she serves on the Benton County Natural Areas and Parks Advisory Board.
Myrica McCune is GIS Analyst and Project Manager with the Oregon Explorer program. She was formerly part of the spatial data team for the Integrated Landscape Assessment Project. Her current emphasis areas are data access, metadata, soils data, and mapping tools.
Todd has 20 years of experience as a hydrogeologist specializing in groundwater development and source water protection with emphasis in fractured rock and karst terranes. With professional licenses as a Certified Engineering Geologist and Certified Mediator, his interests include transboundary aquifers, environmental conflict resolution, and education in water science and policy.