Meet Our Ambassadors!

Cody Dateno

Hi there! thumbnail_ImageMy name is Cody Dateno, and I am from Long Island, New York. I am a junior, studying Natural Resources & Environmental Science (NRES), with a concentration in Environmental Quality & Restoration. I chose NRES because of the hands-on experiences, interdisciplinary courses, and the small program benefits at a large, Big-10, institution. I am utterly excited to be a part of the NRES Ambassador Team and offer my experiences to you, as prospective students, parents, or a fellow peers. Whomever you are reading this, NRES is the place to be.

Pavithra Chidambaram

Hello! My name is Pavithra and I’m from Fort Wayne, Indiana. I’m a junior in NRES with a concentration in environmental qualityDSC06161 and restoration, minoring in plant biology! I’ve worked in soil, fungi, and plant ecology labs on campus where I’ve gotten a lot of research experience. Outside of school and research, I’ve been a member of the Purdue Aharya dance team and participated in clubs such as BGI, ESC, and botany club. I love hiking, trying new foods, and crafting!

Anna Hampton

Hello, my name is Anna Hampton! I am a Junior in NRES with a concentration in Environmental Policy and Analysis. I plan tothumbnail_image007 continue my education after undergrad to pursue a career in Environmental Law. I am from Lafayette Indiana and grew up near campus. On campus I am involved with Boiler Green initiative, Science Olympiad, Pre-Law Society, and Purdue Student Government. During the 2020-2021 academic year I virtually interned with the Environmental Protection Agency’s Criminal Investigation Division. Let me know if you are interested in anything I am involved with, I would love to talk with you.

Avery Fess

Hi, my name is Avery Fess! I’m a Junior in NRES with a concentration in Environmental Quality and Restoration with a minor inView More: Economics. After graduation, I plan on being an environmental consultant and my long term goal is to work for the Environmental Protection Agency on a research team. I originally grew up in a north suburb of Chicago and recently moved to Lake Geneva Wisconsin, which I absolutely love. I have done Botany research on photosynthesis curves, have positions in my sorority Zeta Tau Alpha, and am the treasurer for the club Helping Paws. Over the summer, I interned as an arborist in Wisconsin for Wachtel Tree Science. I absolutely love coffee and if you are interested in anything I do feel free to reach out any time, we could get coffee and talk about life!

Jen Arata

Hey! I’m Jen and I’m from Fort Wayne, Indiana! I am currently an NRES junior with a concentration in Environmental Policy andIMG_5788 (1) Analysis. On campus, I have enjoyed working with new student orientation, soil research, and Purdue Habitat for Humanity, and in my free time I love hiking and exploring new coffee shops. I am hoping to continue exploring my interest in environmental law with further coursework and short-term job opportunities before committing to law school after college. 


Emma Wade 

Hi, my name is Emma Wade and I’m from Clymer, New York. I am a senior in NRES withIMG-5879 a concentration in Emerging Environmental Challenges with a minor Forest Ecosystems. I am focusing mostly on forest ecology with a slight emphasis on conservation and research. I recently participated in an internship with the Forest Service in Oregon as a Silviculture Forester. This was a great experience that taught me a lot about field work, forestry, and federal employment. On campus, I am involved in the Adopt-A-Grandparent Club, Boiler Veg Club, and work for Dr. Prokopy in the Natural Resources Social Science Lab. I also enjoy going for hikes, snowboarding, making playlists instead of doing my homework, running, and facetiming my dogs. If you see a girl on campus who is just staring at the trees, it’s probably me.


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Hi! My name is Katey Myers, and I’m a sophomore from Mishawaka, Indiana. I haven’t yet decided which concentration I’m going to pursue, but I’m thinking about choosing Emerging Environmental Challenges. I’m also unsure of what I would like to do in the future, but I would like to have a career that allows me to work out in the field. Along with being an Ambassador, I am also a member of the National Alpha Lambda Delta and Phi Eta Sigma Honor Societies. Over the summer, I got the opportunity to work with an environmental consulting company, where I learned how to take mold samples, how to take asbestos samples, and how human health and environmental health are incredibly intertwined. I spend my free time reading, knitting, listening to music, taking walks around campus, and hanging out with my friends.

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Hi I am Mazie Bernard from Indianapolis, IN. I am currently an NRES junior with a concentration in Policy and Analysis.  I also have a minor in Plant Biology.  When I am not in class, I am involved with many activities on campus like working in a research lab, Habitat for Humanity, and Honor Society.  I love being outdoors, spending time with my friends, and having new experiences!  I look forward to the rest of my college career.

Ally Jacoby

Hello, my name is Ally Jacoby, and I’m from a small, rural town in Northern Wisconsin. file-2I’m a junior with a concentration in Water Quality, and I hope to pursue a master’s degree in Hydrology. I chose Purdue because I love the interdisciplinary nature of the NRES program and opportunities for undergraduate research. Purdue and NRES have enabled me to experience a variety of different research settings and explore the broad field of environmental science, which has been greatly beneficial in determining the type of work I want to do in the future. For fun, I love participating in any outdoor activity–especially swimming, biking, and long-boarding. I also enjoy traveling and collaborating across cultures and hope to incorporate that into my future career.


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Hi! My name is Korey Mantooth. I am a Junior in NRES with a concentration in water quality. I have a particular interest in hazardous waste remediation. This past summer I had the opportunity to intern for The ELAM Group, an environmental consulting firm located in Noblesville, IN. I hope to eventually find a career in the environmental consulting field.

Ayla Grilly

Hi! My name is Ayla Grilly and I am currently a junior in NRES with a concentration inIMG_8756 Policy and I am minoring in Law and Society. I was born in Cleveland, Ohio and when I was about 8 years old my family moved to a small town in Indiana called Angola. I have been passionate about caring for the environment ever since I was little, and I am fortunate that I have always known I wanted to end up in a field that worked to conserve the environment. Outside of my studies, I have been involved in two years of Greek Life, the founding of the Ocean Conservation Club, and working in the Natural Resources and Social Science Lab. I plan to continue my education after college in law school so that one day I can work as an environmental lawyer. I am very appreciative of my time so far at Purdue and I’m excited to see what the future will bring!


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Pura Vida! My name is Silenze and I am a junior in NRES with an emerging challenges concentration with a focus on environmental microbiology. As I grew up in Costa Rica my passion for the environment and natural world increased. I spent a couple of years doing research in the Aime lab on fungi and a semester abroad in Denmark studying microbial resistance to copper in soils. I’m a big proponent of being engaged civically and for young people to use their voices when it comes to environmental issues like climate change. Currently I am excitedly working for the Campus Planning and Sustainability office at Purdue and organizing Green Week and Earth Week. As far as extracurricular activities, I am a Disability Resource Center mentor, a member of the Purdue Student Sustainability Council on the Climate Committee, and have been in the SKY Club since my freshman year. My biggest hobby is hiking. I even took a gap year to thru-hike the 800 mile long Arizona Trail and hike and backpack in southeast Asia before attending Purdue. As a Costa Rican, I try to remind myself to live purely with fun as well as being conscientious of the planet we live in. Hence our motto and form of greeting, Pura Vida.

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Hey everyone, my name is Taylor Doehrman and I am a junior in NRES. My concentration is in land resources and I am also working on minors in forest ecosystems and horticulture. In the future, I hope to go in to the field of ecological restoration. One of the coolest opportunities I’ve gotten at Purdue so far was the chance to spend a semester abroad in New Zealand. It was an amazing way to study nature in a whole new environment! Back on campus, I have been involved in Ann Tweedale Cooperative House, the Purdue Cooperative Council, the Student Chapter of Environmental Education, and Best Buddies. I’d love to answer questions about NRES, or anything at Purdue in general!

Meghan Ciupak

Howdy Hey! I am a senior with a concentration in water quality. Originally from Oklahoma, Indiana has the same friendly culture, but a much different corn to cattle ratio. My summers have been filled with mountains. A backpacking guide one year, then off to the Forest Service in Montana and Washington to work on a wilderness recreation crew and a stream survey crew, respectively. A large portion of my college experience has been with the Purdue Outing Club. Exploring the outdoors with an amazing group of friends! Some of my favorite classes have been Introduction to Soils and Environmental Hydrology. After graduation, I am hoping to get out west to work on some streams or go to graduate school!  

Olivia Wyrick

Hi, friends! My name is Olivia Wyrick and I am a sophomore in the Public Policy and Analysis concentration. I grew up on a family farm in Michigantown, Indiana surrounded by corn, pigs, and lots of barn cats! On campus I am involved in Sigma Kappa sorority, Purdue Student Government as a Senator for the College of Agriculture, Environmental Science Club, Ag Week Task Force, and the Honors College. I also work for Dr. Prokopy in the Natural Resources Social Science Lab! This past summer, I worked for Indigo Ag as a Field Operation Specialist Intern where I dug and analyzed soil samples. In my limited free time, I enjoy traveling, drinking cold brew, going on adventures with my friends. After graduation, I hope to attend law school and eventually work on renewable energy policy in the US. I’d love to get to know you and chat about Purdue or just life!

Amanda Heideman

Hey there! I’m Amanda Heideman and I am currently a junior concentrating in Policy and Analysis and minoring in Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences. On campus I work as a student library assistant, am the president of the Environmental Science Club, and am a member of the NRES Diversity and Inclusion Collective. Purdue NRES has provided me with so many opportunities, including working as an intern for Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant this past summer. In my free time I love to go rock climbing, listen to podcasts, and go to coffee shops with friends!

Mya Smith

I am a senior with a focus in land resources and I am minoring in Spanish. I was a member of Boiler Green Initiative (BGI) for three years have participated in Purdue Climate Strikes, and other advocacy organizations on campus. I currently work as a stylist at Target. In my free time I enjoy being outside in many of the parks and nature areas in The Greater Lafayette area. I also enjoy spending hours on Tik Tok, painting, and longboarding. When I graduate, I am hoping to find a job involving ecological restoration and mitigation. My hope is to be involved in planning and implementation, so I have equal time in the office and the field. I’m very grateful to be a part of such an inviting and wholesome department.

Owen Krauskopf

Hi everyone! I’m a senior concentrating in Land Resources with a minor in Environmental and Ecological Engineering. In addition to being an ambassador, I am a Mountain Biking Coordinator of the Outing Club, and Treasurer of the Environmental Science Club. During weekends and breaks from school, my favorite activities include hiking, mountain biking, and snowboarding. During school time I like to play intramural sports as well as watch sports on TV. After graduation, I plan to take a gap year before perusing a master’s degree.

Scarlett O’Brien

Hello! My name is Scarlett O’Brien, and I am a junior NRES with a concentration in Policy & Analysis (and a minor in Law & Society). My hometown is New Orleans, LA. My academic plans are to attend Law school and to continue my degree in Environmental Law. Presently at Purdue, I am the Vice President of the Environmental Science Club, the President of the Boiler Bakers, and a member of the Purdue Running Club. Apart from work and school, I spend my time hiking, stargazing, and being with friends. I also love to chat about NRES and Purdue, so please feel free to reach out to me!

Zach Neff

Hi, my name is Zach Neff and I’m from Lebanon Indiana. I’m a sophomore in NRES with a concentration in Land Resources. I’m hoping to work in the field of ecological restoration and land conservation to help maintain native woodlands and prairies. Extracurriculars I’m involved in at Purdue include Environmental Science Club, Botany Club, and Boiler Green Initiative. I also volunteer with NICHES Land Trust doing invasive plant removal and trail maintenance and had the opportunity to complete an internship with NICHES this summer.