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Ryotaro Colon

Ryotaro Colon

Ryotaro Colon.

Expected Graduation: Spring 2024

Hometown: Everett, WA

Major: Environmental and Ecosystem Sciences

Minors: Biology and Statistics

Extracurricular Involvement:

CAHNRS Ambos Student Senate Representative

Undergraduate Research in Dowd Marine Environmental Physiology Lab

Teaching Assistant for an Ecology course


Get to Know Ryotaro:

Why WSU:

I chose WSU because it was far from home (but still in-state) and I was intrigued by its environmental science program. WSU is known for being a big university with a small town feel, many research opportunities, and has good name recognition. After I visited in the summer, and toured the campus with my neighbors from home who were WSU students, it sealed the deal.

What is special about being a CAHNRS Coug?

Having the opportunity within the curriculum to visit local farms, hiking points, and waste plants. Additionally, the students I’ve met have been amazing, and the faculty are super supportive.

Advice for Underclassmen:

Use an online calendar (religiously), make a lot of friends (or a few close ones) within the first week, as it only becomes harder the busier you become. Expect the mailing system to be slower in the early part of the year, as everyone will be receiving care packages from their family members. Keep your dorm door open, bring good walking shoes, participate in extracurriculars, attend events that you see on flyers, and don’t be afraid to ask for help.

Favorite Spot on Campus:

It’s off campus, but there’s a bench where I like to sit and watch the South Fork Palouse River. You can find it if you cross the Bill Chipman Trail bridge near the Brelsford visitors center.

Other Facts About Ryotaro:

Birthday: January 6th

Pronouns: He/Him

Ryotaro once had a pet turtle named Shelly.

Studied abroad in Uruguay over Spring Break!

Career Plans: become a researcher or resource manager

Questions for Ryotaro? Email him at