ESE Graduate Student Organization

The Ecological Sciences and Engineering Interdisciplinary Graduate Program Graduate Student Organization (ESE GSO) is an organization that consists of all students engaging in research or pursuing an advanced degree in the Ecological Sciences and Engineering Interdisciplinary Graduate Program (ESE) at Purdue University. The organization focuses on social interactions, professional development, academic endeavors, and community involvement.  The purpose of the ESE GSO is to provide ESE graduate students with opportunities to enhance and enrich their graduate career at Purdue; to promote academic and social communication among ESE students and faculty; to provide a forum for ESE students to voice concerns and expectations.


Junior A. Bennett, President Junior A. Bennett, President

Junior is a proud native of Jamaica and describes his incredible journey from “Market Vendor” in Jamaica to Graduate Research Assistant and Fellow at the Purdue University as challenging, transformative, and rewarding. He has a Bachelor of Education in TVET Industrial Technology – Electrical from the University of Technology, Jamaica, and a Master of Science in Manufacturing Engineering Systems from Western Illinois University and a number of professional development certificates. He has served in various leadership roles throughout his career and brings to the GSO leadership experiences in higher education, professional organizations, government agency and non-profit organizations. Junior is pursuing an Interdisciplinary Ph.D program in Ecological Sciences and Engineering (ESE) and his home department is Engineering Education.

Sukrati Gautam, Vice President Sukrati Gautam, Vice President

As Vice President of the Ecological Sciences and Engineering Graduate Student Organization, I spearhead initiatives at the intersection of ecology, technology, and sustainability. My research delves into human-coupled ecological systems, employing cutting-edge ML and AI models. By analyzing human decision-making with ML and NLP, I strive to enhance sustainability solutions, bridging the digital equity gap through innovative policy implementations. With industry experience at Bayer and Microsoft, I bring a unique blend of expertise. Passionate about bridging interdisciplinary science with industry and academia, I've chaired symposiums and received accolades, including the OIGP MOIPA award. Outside academia, I find solace in hiking and staying active. Being part of ESE GSO inspires me everyday towards greater achievements through Interdisciplinary Science.


Ayomide Adepeju, Treasurer Ayomide Adepeju, Treasurer

My name is Ayomide Adepeju. I started my doctoral studies in the Ecological Sciences and Engineering program in the fall of 2023, with Agricultural and Biological Engineering as my home department. My research focuses on strengthening wild rice resilience in the great lakes under the supervision of Dr. Keith Cherkauer and Dr. Laura Bowling. Aside from what I do at Purdue, I love cartography or mapmaking, having earned my Masters degree in Geographic Information Science and Geoenvironment from Western Illinois University, and I enjoy spending quality time with loved ones and friends at leisure.

Carly Frank, GSO Student Activities Coordinator Carly Frank, GSO Student Activities Coordinator

Carly joined to ESE GSO in January of 2023. She is a second-year PhD student in the Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences. Her research focuses on the intersecEon between coproducEon, heat stress in West Africa, and the resulEng socio-economic impacts and equitable distribuEon of these impacts. She has her B.S. in Natural Resources and Environmental Science from Purdue University and a M.Sc. in Quaternary and Climate Studies from the University of Maine.

Adebola Adeniji, GSO Outreach Activities Coordinator Adebola Adeniji, GSO Outreach Activities Coordinator

Adebola Esther Adeniji started her Ph.D. program in the fall of 2023 in the Ecological Sciences and Engineering interdisciplinary program with Forestry and Natural Resources serving as her home department. Her primary advisor is Dr. Bryan Pijanowski and her research focuses on Soundscape and Spatial Ecology. She holds a master's degree from the Federal University of Technology Akure in Wildlife Ecology and Range Management. Adebola enjoys singing, cooking, and playing table tennis outside of work.

Srilani Wickramasinghe, Mentoring Chair

I’m a third year PhD student in the ESE program affiliated with the Department of Earth, Atmospheric & Planetary Sciences. I study anthropogenic impacts (mainly agricultural) on large river basins using multi-isotope analysis in Dr. Frisbee’s Hydrogeology Lab. I obtained my bachelor’s degree in green technology from University of Ruhuna, Sri Lanka, followed by a master’s degree in environmental sciences & engineering from Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, before I joined the ESE 2022 cohort. During the course of my two years in the ESE program my research interests have expanded to a more interdisciplinary niche; now I’m also interested in using hydro(geo)logical modelling to facilitate water management, decision making & policy formulation.

Jamie Klamerus, PGSG Senator
Jamie is a second-year Master's Student enrolled in the Ecological Sciences and Engineering (ESE) graduate program. She graduated from the University of Minnesota- Twin Cities with a BS in Environmental Engineering in 2020. Her research is tackling the the complexities of the fate and transport of PFAS in agricultural systems from biosolid land applications with Dr. Linda Lee. As the senator, Jamie is passionate about initiatives in the PGSG that improve the graduate experience for our ESE members.

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