2019 PDSA Recipient - Katja Diekgers

Katja Diekgers

Katja Diekgers

Los Altos, California | Environmental Science and Zoology Double Major

Katja Diekgers brings a life science perspective to her passion of addressing environmental issues. This has led her to Thailand for conservation fieldwork with elephants, to complete senior capstones on conservation biology and animal behavior, become an active member of our apiculture society–that’s beekeeping, and to learn taxidermy at the Hefner Museum on campus.

She and another of this year’s recipients, Madison Olds, co-founded Zero Waste Oxford, a student organization focused on waste reduction, over consumption, and other sustainability issues on campus and in Oxford. The organization, under their leadership, hosts a weekly cleanup of Uptown Oxford and worked with Miami’s Institute for Food to pilot a composting project at Peabody Hall.

One nominator wrote that Katja is the model of a true employee and citizen of the world. View more about Zero Waste Oxford on Madison's page