Meet Our Scholars
Tribal Affiliation: Shasta Indian Nation
Hometown: Kennewick, WA
Faculty Mentor: Michael Maughan
Program/research: I study Mechanical Engineering and I’m interested in Advanced Manufacturing and Material Property Manipulation (e.g. Wire feedstock laser metal deposition (WFLMD), wire arc additive manufacturing (WAAM)), and the fracture, fatigue and creep-fatigue of metals.
Hobbies/interests: Going on hikes with my dog, Pudden
Avery Old Coyote
Faculty Mentor: Phillip Stevens
Tribal Affiliation: The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes make up the people of Flathead Reservation and I am proud to be a part of the Kootenai Tribe.
Hometown: I am from Polson, MT.; a small town located on the Flathead Reservation in Northwest Montana.
Faculty Mentor: Alistair Smith
Program/research: I am a doctoral student in the Natural Resource Department. I continue to pursue my studies in Fire Ecology. My interest is to bridge that gap between traditional ecological science (TEK) and western science. Native Americans have used fire as a tool for centuries, and there is a great deal of that knowledge that we apply into today’s management practices.
Hobbies/interests: Outside from my studies you’ll find me with my dog Sage, flyfishing, hiking, traveling, and photographing the beauty around us. I also enjoy weaving baskets, tying flies and gardening.
Tribal Affiliation: Navajo from the Navajo Nation
Hometown: Ramah, New Mexico
Faculty Mentor: Charles Goebel
Program/research: My program is the Ph.D. in Natural Resources, I'm interested in the restoration, and fire ecology emphasis. I would like to find and understand numerous methods in improving mortality rates for different tree species that have a cultural aspect to the Indigenous community. I would like to understand not only the mortality but the phenology, and resiliency of each tree species which makes it possible to overcome the harsh environment.
Hobbies/interests: In my spare time I enjoy crocheting, sewing, hiking, or playing volleyball. Each of these hobbies provide relaxation and stress relief from any stressful day I have overcome.
Tribal Affiliation: Yakama Nation / Wanapum
Hometown: Wapato, WA (fun fact: Wapato is a first food, a potato that grows in wetlands)
Faculty Mentor: Christopher Caudill
Program/research: My program is in water resources and my research interests are in freshwater ecology where the targeted species is mussels that were found in various streams of the Yakama Nation. I want to study mussels as their ecological role is increasing in importance and as tribal efforts towards conservation and first food preservation seek cultural stability.
Hobbies/interests: While I am in Moscow, I like to ride my bike around or play video games, I also built a computer (not much to report due to pandemic). At home, I love to explore the wilderness in the form of hunting for deer/elk and fishing. I was also starting to learn traditional arts and crafts, basket making, weaving fish nets, and tanning hides.
Tribal Affiliation: Cherokee
Hometown: Portland, OR
Faculty Mentor: Erika Rader
Program/research: I work under Dr. Erika Rader in the Department of Geography and Geological Sciences. I study lava-water interactions through petrology and VNIR spectroscopy, focusing on Earth’s mafic lava flows as an analogue to Martian volcanism. The goal of the project is to define a method to interpret crystallinity of different types of lava quenching environments to find potential past water on the surface of Mars, as to identify possible habitability.
Hobbies/interests: I really enjoy hiking with my puppy (Cu), cycling through the Palouse hills, working on my car, and building robotic rovers!
Tribal Affiliation: Lumbee
Hometown: Rowland, NC
Faculty Mentor: Michael S. Strickland
Program/research: I'm currently enrolled in the Environmental Science Ph.D. program, and I've joined Dr. Michael Strickland's lab in the Department of Soil and Water Systems. I'm interested in the research area of microbial ecology. I'm interested in soil microbes and how agricultural practices affects the microbial communities and ecosystem functioning.
Hobbies/interests: I enjoy reading, traveling, exploring new places, hiking, and spending time with friends and family.
Tribal Affiliation: Anishinaabe (Ojibway)
Hometown: Northwest Angle #33 First Nation, Ontario
Faculty Mentor: Greg Latta
Program/research: Ph.D. in Natural Resources. For the duration of his doctoral studies, Jeffrey seeks to investigate the economic impacts of global change on local and regional forest systems, as well as the costs and benefits of alternative adaptation options. This includes examining how biodiversity and supporting ecosystem services can contribute to mitigation and adaptation efforts in a social, cultural, and economic context. It would also establish if existing or new economic tools and knowledge would better allow both the public and private sectors to make better adaptation investments and policy decisions.
Hobbies/interests: Mountain biking, skiing, whitewater rafting, kayaking, and travel.
Karina Silvestre Bringas
Tribal Affiliation: Nahua, La Mesa, Estado de Mexico, MX
Hometown: San Diego, CA
Faculty Mentor: Chris Hamilton
Program/research: Entomology Ph.D. Student in the department of Entomology, Plant Pathology, and Nematology (EPPN). My research is on the diversity and evolution of Aphonopelma tarantulas of the Madrean Sky Islands.
Hobbies/interests: I enjoy camping, hiking, reading mystery novels, and spending time with my loved ones.
Tribal Affiliation: Yakama Nation
Hometown: Toppenish, WA
Faculty Mentor: Sophie Gilbert
Program/research: I’m in the Natural Resources Ph.D. program. I’m interested in testing the possible effects climate change has on my tribe’s natural resources.
Hobbies/interests: During my spare time I like to paint and play games with my family, karaoke, read books and beadwork.
Tribal Affiliation: Acoma Pueblo
Hometown: Nampa, Idaho
Faculty Mentor: Kerri Vierling
Program/research: I am part of the Bridge to Doctorate program working in Kerri Vierling's lab. My project is still developing, but I will be working with HawkWatch International on forest owl species in Arizona.
Hobbies/interests: I enjoy hiking, climbing, backpacking, camping, fishing, taking my dog along with me, and beading.
Faculty Mentor: Laurel Lynch