Meet Our Science Students

Science major Makenzie OConnor waves to camera

Makenzie O'Connor

Major: Environmental Science, Ecology

Class of 2016

I began my experience at SNC with a Yosemite backpacking trip, and immediately felt connected to the world in an entirely different way. For my senior research methods course, I designed a study to research the effects of prolonged wet and dry periods on soil denitrification in wetlands of the Sierra Nevada. Denitrification is an incredibly important ecological process by which nitrates are removed from soil and runoff, and it hasn't been studied in Sierra mountain environments! . . . Read More

SNC biology major Deidre Wolff kayaking tropical waters

Deidre Wolff

Major: Biology

Class of 2018

I've always liked science and I want to become a pharmacist, and so I thought biology was a good major. I love learning something new, and my professors at SNC have really shown me how to become a better student. Everyone is so willing to help you! . . . Read More

Ashley Vander Meer, a Biology, Outdoor Adventure Leadership and Environmental Science major, tests water in Incline Village

Ashley Vander Meer

Major: Biology, Interdisciplinary Studies in Outdoor Adventure Leadership and Environmental Science

Class of 2014

In the fall of 2012, I worked on the restoration of Rosewood Creek for my service learning.  The main cause of the restoration is to reduce sediment loading into Lake Tahoe by restoring a 7,200 foot section of Rosewood Creek between Northwood Boulevard and Tahoe Boulevard in Incline Village, Nevada. . . . Read More

Gus Tjenagel, Science major, holding tank with non-native fish to put in Truckee River

Gus Tjernagel

Major: Environmental Science, Ecology

Class of 2017

My passion for the environment sparked my interest in conservation and ecology. My favorite experiences here at SNC have been field classes that involve camping out for days in the wilderness with like-minded people. . . . Read More

Kimberly Oyervides

Major: Environmental Science, Ecology

Class of 2016

I’ve always had a passion for science, and how things work and influence each other. I chose to purse a degree in environmental science knowing that it would give me a opportunity to get a job working outdoors were I love to be. Now that I've graduated I'm working for a private company as a forester, coordinating with the USFS and BLM. . . . Read More

SNC ecology student Tommy DiPaola lakeside

Tommy DiPaola

Major: Environmental Science, Ecology

Class of 2019

After exploring some lab science, it became clear to me that I want to explore biological science in the field! My most influential experiences at SNC have all been in the wild, those moments where you look around and realize "there's no where I would rather be than here." . . . Read More

SNC Natural Resource Management major Mihaela Kosi skiing above Lake Tahoe

Mihaela Kosi

Major: Environmental Science, Natural Resource Management

Class of 2018

After exploring some lab science, it became clear to me that I want to explore biological science in the field! My most influential experiences at SNC have all been in the wild, those moments where you look around and realize "there's no where I would rather be than here." . . . Read More

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