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


Faculty Dr. Tim Bean Wildlife

Dr. Tim Bean was awarded $118,000 from the Karuk Tribe for Marble Mountain Elk Ecology Collaborative Research.

Submitted: October 4, 2018

Faculty Mark Hemphill-Haley Geology

Mark Hemphill-Haley (Geology) returned from two-week investigation of the 2016 M 7.8 Kaikoura earthquake, South Island, New Zealand. He joined HSU alumni Russ Van Dissen (‘83) and Jessica Vermeer (‘13 BS, ’16 MS) and NZ researchers to investigate the deformation associated with more than 9 m (27 ft) of offset during the earthquake. The investigation involved trenching across the fault to assess fault structure and timing of previous earthquakes.

Submitted: March 20, 2018

Student Nicholas Hernandez Physics & Astronomy

Nicholas Hernandez presented a poster providing a research update on work being done in the HSU Gravitational Physics Laboratory at the 2018 April Meeting of the American Physical Society (APS), which was held in Columbus, OH April 13-17.

Submitted: April 30, 2018

Student Korinna Domingo Wildlife

Wildlife undergraduate student Korinna Domingo’s abstract was accepted for the Wildlife Society Western Section Conference in Santa Rosa, CA (Feb 5-9th). She presented a poster titled, ‘Informing local government regarding wildlife activity in a recreational area through inexpensive and noninvasive trail camera methodology.’ See the poster here:

Submitted: February 26, 2018

Student Micaela Szykman Gunther, Matt Delheimer, Keith Slauson, Bill Zielinski Wildlife

Former graduate student Matt Delheimer published his thesis in the September issue of the Wildlife Society Bulletin, along with co-authors Keith Slauson, Micaela Gunther, and Bill Zielinski. His work documented the Use of Artificial Cavities by Humboldt marten, recently listed as an endangered species in California.

Submitted: September 27, 2018

Student Ely Boone Fisheries Biology

Undergraduate student Ely Boone received a second place award in the best science poster category at the 52nd annual American Fisheries Society Cal-Neva conference held in San Luis Obispo last week. Ely presented his summer 2017 research on environmental DNA, which he completed in the Rroulou’sik Program.

Submitted: March 8, 2018

Faculty Mark Colwell, Elizabeth Feucht Wildlife

Mark Colwell and Lizzie Feucht published a paper (Aug 2018) in Wader Study, an international journal dedicated to the ecology and conservation of shorebirds. Their work shows that Humboldt Bay hosts half a million shorebirds during spring migration alone! This information will be used to increase recognition of the bay under the Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network.

Submitted: September 16, 2018

Faculty Kamila Larripa Mathematics

Kamila Larripa’s multiple myeloma research group had a paper accepted to the Journal for Theoretical Biology. A link to the paper is here:

Submitted: September 9, 2018

Faculty Peter Alstone Environmental Resources Engineering

Dr. Alstone presented the results of a multi-year study of grid flexibility to the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy “Summer Study 2018” conference in Pacific Grove, California.

The conference paper is titled, “Integrating Demand Response and Distributed Resources in Planning for Large-scale Renewable Energy Integration.”

You can download the paper at:

Submitted: September 12, 2018

Faculty Pascal Berrill, Christa Dagley & Yoon Kim Forestry & Wildland Resources

Yoon Kim (Mathematics), Christa Dagley & Pascal Berrill (Forestry) coauthored a peer-reviewed article in the journal Restoration Ecology: “Restoration thinning enhances growth and diversity in mixed redwood/Douglas-fir stands in northern California, USA.”

Submitted: February 9, 2018

Staff Nievita Bueno Watts Other Campus Unit

Dr. Nievita Bueno Watts, INRSEP Director, published Groundwork article “Using place-based, community-inspired research to broaden participation in the geosciences” in the August 2018 v28 issue of GSA Today.

Submitted: September 5, 2018

Faculty Peter Goetz Mathematics

Peter Goetz’s paper, “The Koszul property for graded twisted tensor products”, was accepted for publication in the Journal of Algebra in August, 2018. The paper will appear in print in the November 2018 issue. A sciencedirect link is

Submitted: September 5, 2018

Faculty Melanie Michalak, Susan Cashman Geology

Melanie Michalak and Susan Cashman (Geology) were awarded a 3-year, multi-institutional National Science Foundation grant, with Eric Kirby (OSU) and Kevin Furlong (Penn State), to study geologic deformation in the Klamath Mountains. This research addresses both mountain building (long term deformation) and crustal strain associated with megathrust earthquakes (short term deformation). Principal investigators and students will partner with Hoopa Valley Elementary School’s 6th grade teachers for research-related activities and field trips for HVES 6th graders. HSU was awarded $158,636 to support graduate and undergraduate students, 6th grade teachers, supplies, and analyses.

Submitted: August 31, 2018

Faculty Seafha Ramos Wildlife

Seafha Ramos, Research Associate and Lecturer in the Wildlife Department, published an article, “Considerations for culturally sensitive Traditional Ecological Knowledge research in wildlife conservation”. The paper will be included in the June 2018 issue of the peer-reviewed journal, the Wildlife Society Bulletin.

Submitted: August 24, 2018

Student Monique Silva Crossman Environmental Science & Management

ESM graduate student Monique Silva Crossman was awarded the Council on Ocean Affairs, Science & Technology (COAST) Graduate Student Research Award. This award will support Monique’s research that explores the effects of manual and mechanical Ammophila arenaria removal techniques on coastal dune plant communities and dune morphology.

Submitted: January 19, 2018

Student Club Chemistry Club Chemistry

The Chemistry Club, “The Free Radicals” received two awards from The American Chemical Society. They received a commendable student chapter award and the green chemistry award! Students in this club actively participate in outreach and fun science activities as well as career building workshops.

Submitted: May 4, 2018

Faculty Michael Vernon, Rosemary Sherriff, Jeff Kane Forestry & Wildland Resources

Alum Michael Vernon (MS 2017) with Rosemary Sherriff (Geography), Jeff Kane (Forestry), and Phil van Mantgem (USGS) published a paper titled “Thinning, tree-growth, and resistance to multi-year drought in a mixed-conifer forest of northern California” in the journal Forest Ecology and Management.

Submitted: April 22, 2018

Student Forestry and Wildland Resources Students Forestry & Wildland Resources

Congratulations to our 2018 scholarship recipients in the Forestry and Wildland Resources Department! At the annual awards banquet, over $55,000 in scholarships were distributed thanks to the generosity of alumni and other donors. A new scholarship was created by the family of Allan Eugene Nilson, who taught for 14 years in the HSU Forestry department. The Nilson scholarship will support high-achieving students with financial need.

Special congratulations to Kristy DeYoung, recipient of the Professional Promise Award, and Mike Padilla, recipient of the Academic Excellence Award. Also congratulations to Dr. Kevin Boston, recipient of the student-selected Outstanding Faculty Member Award.

Submitted: April 17, 2018

Student Matt Brinkman, Dave Garcelon, and Mark Colwell Wildlife

Former graduate student, Matt Brinkman, authored a paper in Wildlife Society Bulletin, co-authored with his graduate advisor, Mark Colwell. The paper describes a field experiment using Carbachol to condition Common Ravens to avoid eating quail eggs made to look like Snowy Plover eggs. While successful in the short term, ravens still ate real plover eggs in the area of the field experiment.

Submitted: March 26, 2018

Student Soil Judging Team Other Campus Unit

HSU’s Soil Judging Team places 3rd in Region 6!

Humboldt State University’s first Soil Judging Team braved snowy roads to travel to Butte College on Saturday, March 3 and placed 3rd in Team and Group categories. Team members Miles Ritch (Rangeland Resource Science), Monica Pina (Wildland Soils), and Yoselyn Ayala (Ecological Restoration) ventured into wet, muddy soil pits to evaluate soil textures, colors, and structures, then classified and rated soils for several land uses.

During the afternoon, hail and heavy rain-storms pummeled contestants from CalPoly San Luis Obispo, Cal State Fresno, Cal State Chico, and Humboldt State University. Thanks to Dr. Garrett Liles of CSU Chico for hosting the event. Region 6 of the Agronomy Society of America-sponsored contest includes universities from Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, New Mexico and Nevada, although only four teams from California competed this year. Teams from CalPoly SLO and CSU Fresno will compete at the National Competition March 18-23 at the University of Tennessee. The National Collegiate Soils Contest will hosted by CalPoly SLO in 2019.

Submitted: March 19, 2018