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


Student Samantha Kelly, Cessair McKinney Environmental Science & Management

Sam Kelly (Environmental Science and Management Senior) and Cessair McKinney (December 2020 Environmental Science and Management graduate) presented their capstone research project at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research. Their talk was titled “Innovation in Restoration: Estimating Seed Counts Using a Photography App.” Read their published abstract here:

Submitted: April 15, 2021

Student Bridget Opperman, Kamila Larripa Mathematics

Math student Bridget Opperman will present a research poster on “Mathematical Analysis of Virus-Immune Dynamics and Implications for Treatment” at the National Conferences on Undergraduate Research.

Submitted: April 12, 2021

Faculty Joshua Smith Chemistry

Dr. Joshua Smith, Chemistry, published a paper, “Triplet State Baird Aromaticity in Macrocycles: Scope, Limitations, and Complications” as part of The Journal of Physical Chemistry virtual special issue “Josef Michl Festschrift”.

J. Phys. Chem. A 2021, 125, 2, 570–584

Submitted: April 9, 2021

Faculty Mary Ann Madej Geology

Mary Ann Madej, Adjunct faculty, published a summary of 50 years of geomorphic research in Redwood National Park:
Redwood Creek watershed studies: Summary of geomorphic research at Redwood National Park. Natural Resource Report. NPS/REDW/NRR—2021/2228.

Submitted: March 29, 2021

Student Allison Huysman, Matt Johnson Wildlife

Allison Huysman and Matt Johnson (Wildlife) published a paper entitled, “Multi-year nest box occupancy and short-term resilience to wildfire disturbance by barn owls in a vineyard agroecosystem” in the journal Ecosphere.

Submitted: March 24, 2021

Student Blenna Kiros Environmental Science & Management

Alumni Diana I. Martinez Environmental Science & Management & Blenna Kiros Geography wrote an article Behind the Redwood Curtain published in Platform Magazine.

Submitted: March 19, 2021

Faculty Jeff Kane, Raul Ramirez-Barajas Forestry & Wildland Resources

Jeff Kane (Forestry and Wildland Resources) published an article entitled “Litter trait driven dampening of flammability following deciduous forest community shifts in eastern North America” in the journal of Forest Ecology and Management with undergraduate student Raul Barajas-Ramirez (Botany), Jesse Kreye (2008; Penn State University), and Morgan Varner (Tall Timbers Research Station).

Submitted: March 18, 2021

Student Caroline Martorano, Jeff Kane Forestry & Wildland Resources

Caroline Martorano (2020) published a paper entitled “Long-term fuel and understory vegetation response to fuel treatments in oak and chaparral stands of northern California” in the journal Applied Vegetation Science with Jeff Kane (Forestry and Wildland Resources), Eamon Engber (2010; National Park Service) and Jen Gibson (National Park Service).

Submitted: March 18, 2021

Student Andrew Slack and Jeff Kane Forestry & Wildland Resources

Andrew Slack (2016) published a paper entitled “Large sugar pine mortality models informed by growth, defense, and competition in a fire-excluded forest of the central Sierra Nevada” in the journal Trees: Structure and Function with co-authors Jeff Kane (Forestry and Wildland Resources) and Eric Knapp (USDA Forest Service).

Submitted: March 18, 2021

Faculty John Reiss and Karen Kiemnec-Tyburczy Biological Sciences

John Reiss and Karen Kiemnec-Tyburczy have been awarded a 3-year National Science Foundation (Division of Integrative Organismal Systems) grant to study the evolution of olfaction across multiple species of lungless salamanders with different developmental modes.

Submitted: March 15, 2021

Student Danial Nayeri, Ho Yi Wan Other Campus Unit

The 2021 Tuttle Graduate Fellowship was awarded to Danial Nayeri, an incoming graduate student from Iran, who is joining the research lab of Wildlife professor Dr. Ho Yi Wan. The Fellowship provides two years of $15,000 each year for a graduate student studying climate policy or science. Danial’s project is evaluating the effect of projected climate change and altered fire regimes on spotted owl habitat using a multi-scale ensemble learning and scenario modeling framework.

The Tuttle Graduate Fellowship was established by Dr. Andrea Tuttle, former Director of the California Department of Forestry and a consultant in forest and climate policy.

Submitted: March 12, 2021

Student Dane St. George, Matt Johnson Wildlife

Dane St. George and Matt Johnson published a manuscript entitled, “Effects of habitat on prey delivery rate and prey species composition of breeding barn owls in winegrape vineyards” in the journal Agriculture, Ecosystems & the Environment

Submitted: March 11, 2021

Student Jose Rodriguez, Ho Yi Wan Wildlife

Undergraduate Jose Rodriguez received a $5,000 starter grant given to Black, Indigenous, and People of Color from Save the Redwoods League. This grant will be used to initiate the Condors And Redwoods Ecological Research (CARER) project, which aims to study California condors that are soon to be released into the wild in northern California. Jose will be working with mentor Dr. Ho Yi Wan on the project.

Submitted: March 8, 2021

Faculty Bori Mazzag Mathematics

Dr. Bori Mazzag and Dr. Julie Glass, CSU East Bay, co-organized a series of CSU-wide talks in January as part of the year-long Math Council Colloquium series. The theme of the January talks was “Peer Instruction”. We aimed to connect faculty and staff across the CSU who work on providing academic support services to students in mathematics and statistics courses. In addition to the talks, we collected some information on the structure of the tutoring and peer instruction on the various campuses. CSU campuses were broadly represented in the series, including speakers from Cal Poly Humboldt’s Learning Center.

Submitted: March 7, 2021

Faculty Jasper Oshun, Margaret Lang Geology

Jasper Oshun and Margaret Lang published an article in the February issue of AAPG Explorer. The article, which details the positive and lasting impacts of their ‘Bonanza en los Andes’ project to Humboldt students, the community of Zurite, and hydrogeologic science was featured on the cover. A link to a pdf of the issue is below:

Submitted: February 20, 2021

Faculty Peter Goetz, Andrew Conner Mathematics

Published the article “Classification, Koszulity and Artin-Schelter regularity of certain graded twisted tensor products” in the Journal of Noncommutative Geometry, DOI: 10.4171/JNCG/395

Submitted: February 17, 2021

Faculty Catalina Cuellar-Gempeler Biological Sciences

Catalina Cuellar-Gempeler earned the NSF Career award, one of the most prestigious awards offered by NSF.

Submitted: February 15, 2021

Student Karley Rojas Biological Sciences

Undergraduate Karley Rojas (Botany) has received a science fellowship from the Agricultural Research Institute for their proposed study of native plants that have the potential to be utilized in the context of agroecosystem building as consistent with regional TEK. They will be working with their mentors Dr.Buddhika Madurapperuma and Craig Benson.

Submitted: February 15, 2021

Student Cianna Balderama, Daisy Montalvo, Ashley Tran, Ana Sammel, Emma Villegas, Bridget Opperman, Makani Bright, Hunter Kahn, Soeon Park, Tanner Hooven,  Kevin Chung, Diego Rodriguez Moreno  Mathematics

Twelve CNRS students competed in the international Mathematical Contest in Modeling— an annual four day intensive competition. Teams of 3 worked intensely to apply mathematics to a real world problem. Students worked on mathematical models applied to competing populations of fungi, musical influence, and optimizing our nation’s delivery of higher education. The contest happened virtually due to the pandemic.

Submitted: February 12, 2021

Student Sarah Aguiar (ESM undergraduate) and Kerry Byrne (ESM Assistant Professor) Environmental Science & Management

Undergraduate Sarah Aguiar (ESM) received a $6,400 science fellowship from the Agricultural Research Institute for her proposed study to track phenology of California poppies from different parts of California and Baja California. She will be working with mentor Dr. Kerry Byrne (ESM) on the project.

Submitted: February 8, 2021