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


Student Susan Marshall and Joe Seney Forestry, Fire & Rangeland Management

Humboldt State University Wins 2nd place in Region 6 Collegiate Soil Contest, Nov. 2
Five universities sent teams to describe colors, textures, and appropriate uses of soils during the Region 6 Collegiate Soil Competition, hosted by Humboldt State University's program in Rangeland Resources and Wildland Soils. HSU is among only five universities in California offering sufficient coursework to qualify graduates to become federally recognized Soil Scientists. Participating universities included Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, CSU Chico, CSU Fresno, Humboldt State University, and New Mexico State University. The top three teams (CalPoly San Luis Obispo, Humboldt State University, and New Mexico Stat

Submitted: November 4, 2019

Faculty Amelia G. McArthur (undergraduate researcher) and Robert W. Zoellner (Professor of Chemistry) Chemistry

Amelia G. McArthur (undergraduate researcher) and Robert W. Zoellner, Ph.D. (Professor Emeritus of Chemistry) have published a peer-reviewed article entitled “Chlorates and perchlorates as potential high-energy materials: Chlorate- and perchlorate-substituted methanes” in the peer-reviewed, open-source journal “Heliyon” 2019, volume 5, issue 10, e02686 (7 pp).

Submitted: November 2, 2019

Faculty Kyle D. McNamara, B.S. (recent graduate) and Robert W. Zoellner, Ph.D. (Professor of Chemistry) Chemistry

Kyle D. McNamara, B.S., (recent HSU graduate) and Robert W. Zoellner, Ph.D. (Professor Emeritus of Chemistry) have published a peer-reviewed article entitled "The effects of substituent position and orientation on the structures and dipole moments of the cyanocyclohexanes using density functional theory calculations" in the journal "Computational and Theoretical Chemistry" volume 1170, 15 December 2019, 112622 (8 pp).

Submitted: November 1, 2019

Faculty Ellery Ames Mathematics

Ellery Ames, Lecturer in Mathematics, jointly with co-authors Florian Beyer, (University of Otago, NZ) and Jim Isenberg (Univ. of Oregon) published a paper entitled "Contracting asymptotics of the linearized lapse-scalar field sub-system of the Einstein-scalar field equations" in the Journal of Mathematical Physics.

Submitted: October 17, 2019

Student Michael Sutter and Andrew Kinziger Fisheries Biology

Fisheries Biology graduate student Michael Sutter published his thesis in Conservation Genetics. Michael's MS mentor was Dr. Andrew Kinziger.

Sutter, M., and A.P. Kinziger. 2019. Rangewide tidewater goby occupancy survey using environmental DNA. Conservation Genetics 20:597-613. doi: 10.1007/s10592-019-01161-9

Submitted: October 14, 2019

Student Thomas Starkey-Owens Environmental Science & Management

ESM graduate student Thomas Starkey-Owens gave a presentation of his Masters research at the 2019 American Fisheries Society (AFS) meeting in Reno, Nevada entitled "Benthic macroinvertebrate communities and juvenile Chinook salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha) diet on the Trinity River below Lewiston Dam."

Submitted: October 11, 2019

Faculty Alison O'Dowd Environmental Science & Management

ESM Professor Alison O'Dowd and co-authors published a paper entitled, "Interacting geomorphic and ecological response of step-pool streams after wildfire" in the Sept/Oct 2019 issue of the Geological Society of America (GSA) Bulletin.

Submitted: October 11, 2019

Faculty Fisheries Biology Faculty and Students Fisheries Biology

Seven undergraduate, six graduate, and five faculty from the Department of Fisheries Biology attended the National American Fisheries Society meeting in Reno, Nevada (29 Sept – 4 Oct). HSU Fisheries contributed eight research presentations, three posters, and moderated four sessions. The event included an HSU Fisheries Alumni and Friends Social.
Michael Academia - Prey composition and relationship between nesting success and food provisioning of osperys in northwestern California
Andrew Kinziger - Genetic analysis suggests Catostomus rimiculus (Klamath smallscale sucker) in the Smith River, California are introduced
Max Grezlik - An ecosystem model to facilitate ecosystem-base

Submitted: October 10, 2019

Faculty Alison O'Dowd Environmental Science & Management

Alison O’Dowd was awarded a grant from the National Parks Service to fund a student internship program with Redwood National Park.

Submitted: October 7, 2019

Faculty Alison O'Dowd Environmental Science & Management

Alison O'Dowd (ESM Professor) was awarded a research grant from the Trinity River Restoration Program to examine invertebrate drift as a food source for juvenile salmonids on the Trinity River. This project will be conducted with the Yurok Tribe and Hoopa Valley Tribe.

Submitted: October 7, 2019

Faculty Jeffrey Dunk Environmental Science & Management

Jeff Dunk, Environmental Science and Management faculty member, along with seven collaborators, co-authored a paper entitled "Modeling spatial variation in density of Golden Eagle nest sites in the Western United States" in PLoSONE.

Submitted: October 2, 2019

Faculty Kenneth Fulgham & Susan Marshall Forestry, Fire & Rangeland Management

Professor Susan Marshall is currently on the Society for Range Management ballot as a candidate for SRM Board Director.

Emeritus Professor Ken Fulgham was recently appointed to the Chair-Elect position on the Society for Range Management Endowment Fund Development Committee.

Submitted: October 1, 2019

Staff Dr. Seafha Ramos Wildlife

Dr. Seafha Ramos (Yurok/Karuk/Chicana) has been awarded a 2-year National Science Foundation postdoctoral fellowship in biology. She will continue ongoing research in the application of Indigenous (e.g. Traditional Ecological Knowledge; TEK) and Western science in wildlife conservation. She plans to submit to peer reviewed journals two manuscripts: one on TEK through the Yurok lens and one on the use of genetic analysis of scats in a wildlife survey on Yurok ancestral lands, from her doctoral work. She will also continue new research in partnership with Redwood National Park and the Yurok Tribe to apply both scientific paradigms to explore TEK and genetic analyses of elk fecal pellets.

Submitted: September 30, 2019

Faculty Buddhika Madurapperuma Forestry, Fire & Rangeland Management

Lecturer recognized in Publons’ global awards

Dr. Buddhika Madurapperuma, Lecturer, FWR/ESM received Publons Peer Review Awards 2019 for placing in the top 1% global peer reviewers in "Geosciences". This award was based on the Publons global reviewer database, determined by the number of peer review reports performed during 2018-19 year. He has performed 64 peer reviews according to the publons statistics as linked Publons peer review awards honor the elite contributors who have demonstrated outstanding expert commitment to protect the integrity and accuracy of published research.

Submitted: September 26, 2019

Faculty Kevin R Fingerman Environmental Science & Management

Kevin Fingerman was invited by the California Council on Science and Technology to participate in an Expert Briefing on "Beneficial Uses of Biomass from Wildfire Management Activities in California." Dr. Fingerman joined a 5-person panel at the State Capitol building on September 19th to brief legislative and agency staff members on this issue with cross-cutting implications for California's for climate, ecological, public health, and economic goals.…

Submitted: September 19, 2019

Student Tammy Phrakonkham Geology

HSU geology student Tammy Phrakonkham has been selected to represent northern California at the 2019 Geosciences Congressional Visits Day (GEO-CVD) on Sept. 10-11 in Washington, D.C.
GEO-CVD is sponsored by American Geophysical Union along with other Earth science societies each year “to increase the visibility of and support for the geosciences in Congress.” During this event, participants will be given an opportunity to meet with members of the congressional delegation representing their state and with staff from congressional committees who have jurisdiction over issues related to geoscience.

Submitted: September 9, 2019

Student Luisa Segovia Biological Sciences

Received a 2019 CSU-LSAMP at HSU Summer Research Experience Award to conduct research on immunogenetics of invasive frogs with Karen Kiemnec-Tyburczy (Biological Sciences).

Submitted: August 30, 2019

Faculty Erin Kelly Forestry, Fire & Rangeland Management

Invited talk at Sophia University in Tokyo, Japan: Forestry projects under the cap-and-trade market in California. Symposium paper in the Sophia University Journal, Global Environmental Studies.

Submitted: August 30, 2019

Faculty Erin Kelly & Yvonne Everett Forestry, Fire & Rangeland Management

Co-Edited Humboldt Journal of Social Relations, an annual special issue journal. Title: The American West after the Timber Wars. (both also contributed articles to the issue).

Submitted: August 30, 2019

Student Jade Williams, Briana Ramirez, Austin Schenk, Skye Gibney, Eric Malekos, Charlin Duff, Gynell Higby, Nicole Perry, Joshua Maldonado, Johnny Rasnic, Minh Nguyen, Joseph Wertzberger, Ezra Moreno, Daisy Montalvo, Kamila Larripa (adviser) Mathematics

Six students received an Honorable Mention in the International Mathematical Contest in Modeling, and eight others were recognized as Successful Participants for their work in this annual competition.

Submitted: May 17, 2019