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


Student Hilary Cosby and Micaela Szykman Gunther Wildlife

Former graduate student Hilary Cosby had her thesis research published in the Journal of Mammalogy, co-authored with mentor Dr. Micaela Szykman Gunther in the Department of Wildlife. The paper is entitled: "Variation in diet of river otters by season and aquatic community."

Submitted: January 25, 2021

Student Zachary Erickson, Kevin Boston, Pascal Berrill Forestry, Fire & Rangeland Management

Zachary Erickson, Kevin Boston, Pascal Berrill (Forestry & Wildland Resources, CNRS) were awarded an Intertribal Timber Council, Native American Natural Resource Research Scholarship for Zachary's forestry MS thesis research into defining stewardship goals of native people, with case study example of the Wiyot tribe and HSU's Goukd'in (Jacoby Creek) Forest: “Identifying forest management objectives of the Wiyot”. $4,200.

Submitted: January 20, 2021

Faculty Dr. Steven Steinberg and Dr. Sheila Steinberg Environmental Science & Management

The Steinbergs are pleased to announce the release of their new edited volume, Resilient Communities across Geographies (Esri Press, 2021). The book presents a collection of case studies examining the application of geographic information systems (GIS) to environmental and socioeconomic challenges for analysis, planning, and, ultimately, more resilient communities. Each chapter explores a spatially driven approach to challenges of environments and communities working to achieve and support resilience.

Submitted: December 28, 2020

Faculty Susan Edinger Marshall Forestry, Fire & Rangeland Management

"Undergraduate Soil Science Training in the USA," was recently published in the Soil Science Society of America Journal. Co-author Susan Edinger Marshall discovered that Humboldt State University is among only four universities in California (and 15 in the eleven Western States) that offer sufficient coursework for graduates to qualify as federal Soil Scientists CSA (Crop Soil Agronomy) News featured this article in their December 2020 issue. Free access is available at:

Submitted: December 17, 2020

Faculty C.D. Hoyle Physics & Astronomy

Professor C.D. Hoyle received a Fundamental Physics Innovation Award from The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and the American Physical Society that will support a 6-week research collaboration with Dr. Luciano Di Fiore and the gravitational physics group in Naples, Italy during the summer of 2021. This work, that is supported by the INFN and the University of Naples, will focus on developing a novel experimental platform for testing the fundamental properties of gravity at short distance scales, as well as solidifying a longer-term international collaboration.

Submitted: December 15, 2020

Faculty Alison O'Dowd Environmental Science & Management

ESM Professor Alison O'Dowd was invited to give a talk at Portland State University on "Impacts of dams and an opportunity for renewal: Case studies of the Elwha and Klamath River Dams" on November 13, 2020.

Submitted: December 7, 2020

Faculty Mark Colwell, Chelsea Polevy and Hannah LeWinter Wildlife

Mark Colwell, Chelsea Polevy and Hannah LeWinter published the last of three papers summarizing the importance of Humboldt Bay to shorebirds along the Pacific America’s Flyway. Their work, funded by Audubon California, shows that the bay hosts a diverse (52 species) and abundant (~850,000 individuals) assemblage of mostly sandpipers and plovers rear-round, justifying its designation as a site of international importance under the Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network. See their work at:

Submitted: December 1, 2020

Staff Nievita Bueno Watts

Dr. Nievita Bueno Watts joined a panel of invited speakers at the Ecological Forecasting Initiative (EFI) National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) Research Coordination Network - Conversations on Diversity and Data seminar series. The participants shared information about their programs and their thoughts on the topic "What do diverse students need to thrive in data- and computer-heavy settings?"

Submitted: November 30, 2020

Faculty Seafha Ramos Wildlife

Dr. Seafha Ramos, NSF postdoctoral fellow in biology, and collaborators developed a series of 5th grade science lessons that incorporate Traditional Ecological Knowledge and a simulated wildlife survey. All lessons are available for free download at

Submitted: November 28, 2020

Student Christian Trujillo

Christian Trujillo (Environmental Science & Management) was invited to speak at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities' Earth and Environmental Science Department colloquium on October 19. Christian spoke about Ciencia Para Todos, a student organization he co-founded to teach Environmental Science in Spanish. This student-run organization aspires to uplift bilingual students by implementing culture in science programs.

Submitted: November 2, 2020

Student Madison Lalica

Madison Lalica (Botany) was awarded first place in Plant Sciences/Botany category at the 2020 national Society for the Advancement of Chicano/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) conference for her work "Early Devonian Glomeromycotan Spores in the Battery Point Formation (Quebec, Canada)." Madison is mentored by Dr. Mihai Tomescu.

Submitted: November 2, 2020

Staff Nievita Bueno Watts

Nievita Bueno Watts presented her work "Methods for Incorporating Identity, Place, and Culture into a Virtual Undergraduate Research Experience: The REU on Sustainable Land and Water Resources During the COVID 19 Pandemic" at the national Geologic Society of America (GSA) conference. This work was part of a week long series of presentations discussing Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (JEDI)in the geosciences.

Submitted: November 2, 2020

Student Sarah Schooler, Matt Johnson, Peter Njoroge, Tim Bean Wildlife

Graduate student Sarah Scholer published a paper in the journal "Ecology & Evolution" stemming from her Master's thesis with co-authors from HSU, Cal Poly SLO, and the National Museums of Kenya, "Shade trees preserve avian insectivore biodiversity on coffee farms in a warming climate."

Submitted: October 26, 2020

Faculty Karen Kiemnec-Tyburczy Biological Sciences

Karen Kiemnec-Tyburczy and co-authors published a paper "A New Perspective on Female-to-Male Communication in Salamander Courtship" in Integrative and Comparative Biology. The paper can be viewed at

Submitted: October 23, 2020

Faculty Eve Robinson and Nicholas Som Biological Sciences

Eve Robinson (Department of Biological Sciences) and Nicholas Som (Department of Fisheries Biology; USFWS) co-authored an article in the North American Journal of Fisheries Management, titled "Prevalence of infection in hatchery-origin Chinook Salmon correlates with abundance of Ceratonova shasta spores: implications for management and disease risk”.  Their research was motivated by questions the State raised about potential linkages between hatchery fish and disease risk, and results from this work were published earlier this year in time to be used by decision-makers in timing the release of hatchery smolts in the Klamath River.

Submitted: October 22, 2020

Student INRSEP/LSAMP students

The following students will be presenting the results of their summer research at the SACNAS conference next week: Stephen Galindo (Geology) mentor Dr. Meagan Gonnea USGS; Caleb Sandoval (Wildlife) mentor Janene Lichtenberg, Salish Kootenai College; Cody Henrikson (Marine Biology) with Clair Windecker and mentor Dr. Sean Craig; Alexis Hernandez (Marine Biology)with Floyd Clark (Environmental Science & Management)and mentor Dr. Jim Graham and Dr. Nievita Bueno Watts; Madison Lalica (Botany) mentor Dr. Mihai Tomescu; Joshua Maldonado (Physics & Astronomy) mentor Dr. Ruth Saunders; Christian Trujillo (Environmental Science & Management) mentor Dr. Catherine Bowman, Arizona State University

Submitted: October 15, 2020

Faculty Oscar Vargas Biological Sciences

Oscar Vargas, Assistant Professor at the Department of Biological Sciences, published a paper in the journal Evolution:"Patterns of speciation are similar across mountainous and lowland regions for a Neotropical plant radiation (Costaceae: Costus)"

Submitted: October 15, 2020

Faculty Kamila Larripa Mathematics

Kamila Larripa and co-authors had their paper accepted to the Journal of Theoretical Biology. The paper is entitled "Bifurcation and sensitivity analysis reveal key drivers of multistability in a model of macrophage polarization" and investigates how a specific immune cell responds to cytokine signals.

Submitted: October 2, 2020

Faculty Dr. Laura Levy Geology

Dr. Laura Levy, in collaboration with 11 co-authors, published "Multi-phased deglaciation of south and southeast Greenland controlled by climate and topographic setting" in the journal Quaternary Science Reviews. This comprehensive study tracked the timing of retreat of the Greenland Ice Sheet since the last ice age in an area of Greenland that is especially sensitive to climate change.

Submitted: September 28, 2020

Faculty Jasper Oshun, Margaret Lang, Yojana Miraya Geology

Dr. Oshun gave an invited talk at the 1ST INTERNATIONAL GEOGRAPHY CONGRESS OF APURIMAC IN SOUTHERN REGION PERU on August 28th. The title of the talk was, "Bonanza en los Andes: Estudio de los recursos de agua y desarrollo en colaboración con la comunidad de Zurite, Anta," and focused on Dr. Oshun and Dr. Lang's water development project in Perú. Successes so far include the construction of 1.5 km of irrigation canals, 4 student presentations at international geology conferences, and over 20 involved undergraduate and graduate students from HSU.

Submitted: September 22, 2020