Achievements

Publications and achievements submitted by our faculty, staff, and students. 

 

Faculty Jeff Kane Forestry, Fire & Rangeland Management In partnership with Redwood National Park and the United States Geological Survey- Arcata Field Office, Jeff Kane and graduate student Megan Joyce from the Department of Forestry, Fire, and Rangeland Management will be examining the impacts of restoration thinning treatments that burned in the 2023 Lost Fire on surface fuel changes, tree mortality, regeneration, and secondary redwood forests. Information from this study will aid managers in determining the ability of restoration thinning treatments to mitigate impacts from wildfire and will advance our understanding of fire effects in secondary redwood forests.  

Submitted: June 25, 2024

Faculty Dr. Lucy Kerhoulas Forestry, Fire & Rangeland Management Lucy Kerhoulas received a $180,000 grant from the Columbia Land Trust to investigate white oak responses to forest restoration thinning treatments aiming to reduce fire fuels, overstory competition, and tree drought vulnerability. This project will measure oak physiology before treatments and two years after treatments; findings will help hone management prescriptions to maximize Oregon white oak resiliency at the eastern edge of the species' range. The project is in collaboration with Oregon State University, the Natural Resources Conservation Service, the Columbia Land Trust, and the East Cascades Oak Partnership and will support one graduate student and numerous undergraduate students.

Submitted: June 21, 2024

Student Regina Khoury, Brandon Browne Geology Regina Khoury (MS Student, Environmental Systems - Geology) and professor Brandon Browne (Geology Department) presented their original research poster in Spokane, WA, at the May 15-17, 2024 Geological Society of America Cordilleran Section Meeting. Their research poster, titled "Petrologic and Geochemical Constraints on Pre-Eruptive Storage Conditions of Magmas Erupted During the ~12.5 ka Flare Up of Medicine Lake Volcano, CA," described the results of Regina's MS thesis, including detailed field mapping of lavas and vents, whole-rock geochemical analysis of lavas and pyroclasts, and in situ chemical analysis of tiny crystals within lavas and pyroclasts.   

Submitted: June 10, 2024

Faculty Lucy Kerhoulas Forestry, Fire & Rangeland Management Lucy Kerhoulas received a $50,000 grant from Save the Redwoods League to examine the influences of Redwoods Rising restoration treatments on forest water sources and drought responses in Redwood National and State Parks near Orick, CA. Tree-rings, stable isotopes, and physiological measurements will all be a part of this work. Findings will help foster drought-resilient ecosystems by informing managers about how treatments influence forest water sources and what treatments most effectively maximize water availability for plants. Collaborators include Anthony Ambrose, Andrew Stubblefield, Alana Chin, Phil van Mantgem, Lathrop Leonard, and Jason Teraoka.

Submitted: May 24, 2024

Faculty Oscar M. Vargas-Hernandez Biological Sciences Dr. Oscar Vargas and collaborators have published a new scientific article "Towards a Monophyletic Infrageneric Circumscription of Adesmia DC. (Dalbergieae, Leguminosae): a Taxonomic Revision in Adesmia series Adesmia" in the journal Phytotaxa. https://phytotaxa.mapress.com/pt/article/view/phytotaxa.639.1.1

Submitted: May 8, 2024

Faculty Oscar M. Vargas-Hernandez Biological Sciences NSF has awarded a grant to Dr. Oscar Vargas to study the origin and genetics of rare plants in California. The grant includes funds for supporting a diverse students from participate in the project, and it aims to study four rare plants in the state. https://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward?AWD_ID=2334849

Submitted: May 8, 2024

Student Lily Olmo Fisheries Biology Graduate student Lily Olmo was awarded the Graduate Research Fellowship from the National Science Foundation. Olmo is among 2,000 students selected nationwide to receive the fellowship from more than 16,000 applicants. This five-year award will support her current Master's research and continuation to a Ph.D. program.

Submitted: May 7, 2024

Student Alexandra Papesh, Taylor Juchau, Kelsey Sako Physics & Astronomy Physics & Astronomy majors Alexandra Papesh, Taylor Juchau, and Kelsey Sako presented Cal Poly Humboldt gravitational physics research at the national 2024 April Meeting of the American Physical Society in Sacramento. In addition, Papesh was recognized with a prize for an outstanding poster presentation!

Congratulations to all!

Submitted: April 22, 2024

Faculty Pedro Peloso, Gisele Santana, Davi Pantoja, Geovania da Silva, Maiume da Silva, Gleomar Maschio (only Peloso is CSU faculty). Biological Sciences Professor Pedro Peloso was a co-author in the paper "Endemic amphibians of the Cerrado and Caatinga: species richness, geographic range and conservation" published in the Herpetological Journal. Their work highlights the distribution and conservation status of all species of amphibians that exist in two major ecoregions in Brazil (Cerrado and Caatinga). Based on geographic distribution data, they recorded 100 species that do not exist anywhere else in the world: 82 from the Cerrado and 18 from the Caatinga. They also discuss the role of formally protected areas in safeguarding threatened species in these ecoregions.

 

 

Submitted: April 22, 2024

Student Kenia Gomez, Gabriel Abundis, Ernesto Chavez-Velasco Forestry, Fire & Rangeland Management Kenia Gomez, Gabriel Abundis & (graduate student) Ernesto Chavez-Velasco received research grants from the California Native Grassland Association to examine pressing issues on various California rangelands. Kenia will explore how drought and woody debris affect a local threatened species, North Coast Semaphore Grass; Gabriel will explore how local photovoltaic grids affect rangeland plant communities; Ernesto will work to develop field methods for selecting plants that will match with environmental characteristics for context-specific management to promote biodiversity and drought resilience on rangelands.

Submitted: April 15, 2024

Faculty Rouhollah Aghasaleh, Tristan Gleason Education Drs. Rouhollah Aghasaleh and Tristan Gleason have been named the Journal of Curriculum Theorizing (JCT) Editors and Presidents of the Foundation for Curriculum Theory for 2025-2030. 
JCT is recognized as one of the most prestigious journals in the field of Curriculum Studies. Notably, JCT is closely associated with the Bergamo Conference on Curriculum Theory and Classroom Practice, a gathering that has fostered dialogues among theorists, practitioners, scholars, and cultural workers since 1969. Both the journal and the conference operate under the Foundation for Curriculum Theory, reinforcing their commitment to diverse perspectives and innovative approaches in curriculum theory.

 

Submitted: April 12, 2024

Student Emma Held, Darren Ward Fisheries Biology Emma Held was awarded a research fellowship from California Sea Grant to support her work on the life history of threatened Chinook salmon in the Mattole River. Emma's work will provide information to support ongoing conservation efforts by collaborators at the Mattole Salmon Group.

Submitted: March 26, 2024

Faculty Lucy Kerhoulas, Rosemary Sherriff, Erik Jules, and Michael Kauffmann Forestry, Fire & Rangeland Management Lucy Kerhoulas, Rosemary Sherriff, Erik Jules, and Michael Kauffmann were awarded a $1.1 million grant to complete extensive vegetation mapping in the Klamath Mountains Ecoregion. Project vegetation surveys will be compared to vegetation surveys from the 1960s, 1980s, and 2010s to evaluate the influences of fire and climate change on high elevation plant communities.

The work will support three graduate students and numerous undergraduate students and will contribute substantially to the Cal Poly Humboldt Vascular Plant Herbarium; Robin Bencie and the California Native Plant Society are also project collaborators. Funding comes from the CA Department of Fish & Wildlife.

Submitted: March 22, 2024

Student Jeffrey Abell, Tamara Barriquand, Christine Cass, Malcolm Edwards-Silva, Kenneth Mathe, Marcos Moreno, Carla Villanueva, Ethan Wadsworth Oceanography Oceanography faculty Jeffrey Abell, Tamara Barriquand, and Christine Cass presented their research at the international Ocean Sciences Meeting (New Orleans, LA) in February. This ~6,000 person conference brings together marine scientists from across disciplines. Undergraduate students Malcolm Edwards-Silva, Marcos Moreno, Carla Villanueva, Ethan Wadsworth, and Kenneth Mathe (Fall '23) also attended to present a poster on their capstone research project.

Submitted: March 19, 2024

Faculty Pedro Peloso, Brandice Guerra Biological Sciences Professors Pedro Peloso (Biological Sciences) and Brandice Guerra received a grant from the Maxwell/Hanrahan Foundation (www.maxwell-hanrahan.org) to support an illustration internship at Cal Poly Humboldt. An international student will visit our community this spring to work in a project that aims to raise awareness about amphibian extinctions globally. You can read more about the internship here: https://now.humboldt.edu/news/new-scientific-illustration-internship-gi…

 

 

 

Submitted: March 18, 2024

Faculty Kjirsten Wayman, Maralyn Renner, Alexander Wright, Aaron Floden, Jayne Lampley, Susan Farmer, Edward Schilling Chemistry Kjirsten Wayman (Chemistry Department), Maralyn Renner (M.S. Biology, 1980), Alexander Wright (Washington State U.), Aaron Floden (Missouri Botanical Garden), Jayne Lampley (U. Alabama), Susan Farmer, Edward Schilling (U. Tennessee, Knoxville) published a peer-reviewed article titled “New insights into systematics of the Trillium ovatum complex” in Madroño, a journal focusing on research of the Western American flora.  The article highlights Trillium oettingeri, an endemic plant to the Klamath Mountains and Cascade Range, and can be accessed at the following link: https://doi.org/10.3120/0024-9637-70.3.158

Submitted: March 14, 2024

Faculty Alana Chin Biological Sciences Dr. Alana Chin received a grant to support research looking into factors impacting redwood tree fog-uptake. Redwood trees absorb water from fog, making it a key provider of water in the summer months. However, as the climate changes, so have fog characteristics, increasing the need to understand how redwoods are acclimating to changes in fog. The project will assess and monitor fog absorption capacity in redwoods, and is a critical next step in our ability to predict the impacts of climate change on redwoods and select nursery stock for restoration.

Funding comes from the Save the Redwoods League.

Submitted: March 8, 2024

Faculty Daniel Barton Wildlife Dan Barton (Associate Professor and Department Chair, Wildlife) was elected chair of the Pacific Seabird Group, a role in which he will serve for the next three years. Pacific Seabird Group is a society of professional seabird researchers and managers that was formed in 1972 out of a need for increased communication among academic and government seabird researchers, and currently has over 500 members from around the world. The society also publishes the journal Pacific Seabirds.

Submitted: February 28, 2024

Faculty Kerry Byrne and Catalina Cuellar-Gempeler Environmental Science & Management Drs. Kerry Byrne and Catalina Cuellar-Gempeler received a grant to support a study on Applegate’s milkvetch, a federally endangered plant species found only in the lower Klamath Basin of southern Oregon. The project will investigate alternative management practices that may better promote Applegate's milkvetch recovery, and ultimately provide managers with a roadmap for optimal management of this species. Collaborators will include Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, US Fish and Wildlife Service, ODA, and the City of Klamath Falls, OR.

Submitted: February 16, 2024

Student Range Plant Identification team Forestry, Fire & Rangeland Management Cal Poly Humboldt’s Range Plant Identification team placed 5th in a contest during the Society for Range Management Meetings in Sparks, Nevada on January 30. Coached by lecturer/NRCS Rangeland Specialist Todd Golder, team members include: JJ Madrigal Garcia, Celeste Orrick, Jennifer Salguero, Mikhela Aiken, Logan Holey, Forrest Horrobin, Hunter Mortensen, SRM President Barry Perryman. Students practice plant identification skills in RRS 475 Advanced Study of Range Plants. Most plant species on this test were grasses and many consisted of mere fragments of material.  The team owes much to Humboldt’s excellent Range and Botany courses.

Submitted: February 13, 2024