Achievements

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

 

Faculty Dan Barton (with P. Capitolo, R. Golightly, H. Carter, and G. McChesney) Wildlife

Presented a paper "Application of auto-regressive state-space models to estimate population trends and observation error from seabird colony counts" at Pacific Seabird Groups's annual conference in La Paz, BCS, Mexico

Submitted: October 29, 2018

Student Shayda Abidi, Alexander Bippus, Mihai Tomescu Biological Sciences

Paper presented at 10th European Paleobotany-Palynology Conference in Dublin, Ireland: "Early Cretaceous anatomically-preserved Marsileaceae from California (USA) and the evolution of sporocarp morphology"

Submitted: October 29, 2018

Student Kelly Matsunaga, Mihai Tomescu Biological Sciences

Invited chapter in edited volume ("Current Advances in Fern Research"/Springer): "Reciprocal illumination and fossils provide important perspectives in plant evo-devo: examples from auxin in seed-free plants"

https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-3-319-75103-0_10

Submitted: October 29, 2018

Student Kelly Pfeiler, Mihai Tomescu Biological Sciences

Paper presented at 10th European Paleobotany-Palynology Conference in Dublin, Ireland: "Closing in on the origins of secondary growth in euphyllophytes: are the shared developmental pathways and Devonian record pointing to a single common origin?"

Submitted: October 29, 2018

Student Adolfina Savoretti (visiting student from Argentina), Alexander Bippus, Mihai Tomescu (with B. Bomfleur) Biological Sciences

Invited chapter in edited volume ("Transformative Paleobotany"/Elsevier): "Why Are Bryophytes So Rare in the Fossil Record? A Spotlight on Taphonomy and Fossil Preservation"

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/B9780128130124000164

Submitted: October 29, 2018

Faculty Mihai Tomescu (with G.W. Rothwell and I.H. Escapa) Biological Sciences

Peer-reviewed article in American Journal of Botany: "Tree of death: The role of fossils in resolving the overall pattern of plant phylogeny"

https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/ajb2.1138

Submitted: October 29, 2018

Faculty Kerry Byrne Environmental Science & Management

Kerry Byrne was awarded a research grant of $45,982 from the US Dept of Fish and Wildlife to study Applegat's milkvetch.

Submitted: October 29, 2018

Faculty Kerry Byrne Environmental Science & Management

Kerry Byrne was awarded funding by the RSCA program for her research project entitled "Experimental Restoration Method for Novel Nitrogen-Enriched Plant Communities at Lanphere Dunes, Arcata, CA."

Submitted: October 29, 2018

Faculty Bill Trush Environmental Science & Management

Bill Trush presented a talk entitled "Developing Ecological Flow Criteria for the South Fork Eel River" at the annual meeting of the California Chapter of the Society for Freshwater Science in Davis, CA on Oct 24th.

Submitted: October 29, 2018

Staff Emily Cooper Environmental Science & Management

Emily Cooper (HSU River Institute Research Scientist) presented a talk entitled "Quantifying Ecological Risk in the South Fork Eel River" at the annual meeting of the California Chapter of the Society for Freshwater Science in Davis, CA on Oct 24th.

Submitted: October 29, 2018

Student Angelo DiMario, Jeff Kane, Erik Jules Forestry, Fire & Rangeland Management

Forestry student, Angelo DiMario (2018) lead authored an article in the journal Northwest Science from research conducted while he was an undergraduate student. This research characterized fuel loading around large sugar pine in the Klamath Mountains and was supported by the Research, Creative Activies, and Scholarship fund. Faculty members Jeff Kane (Forestry) and Erik Jules (Biology) were co-authors on the paper.

Submitted: October 27, 2018

Student Brian Murphy Environmental Science & Management

Won first place in student research at the North American Cartographic Research Society Annual Conference in Norfolk, VA with his map about the growth of the Hobet coal mine in West Virginia over 40 years, illustrating how the practice of mountaintop removal and valley fills creates unmitigable impacts to nearly all aspects of the geography, from geology and hydrology, to human health and economic development.

Submitted: October 26, 2018

Faculty Courtney Otto Biological Sciences

Won the 2017/18 HSU Distinguished Faculty Award of Excellence in Teaching - Lecturer.

Submitted: October 23, 2018

Faculty Robert Zoellner Chemistry

Won the HSU Distinguished Faculty Award of Outstanding Professor. Dr. Zoellner will be giving a free lecture on Nov. 8, 2018 at 5:00pm in KBR.

https://aavp.humboldt.edu/current-faculty-award-recipients

Submitted: October 23, 2018

Student Karsten Hayes

Developed an initial cost model (using Python and R) for north coast California offshore wind energy. The model includes associated storage needs, and integrates high-resolution offshore wind resource data from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory with load data for Humboldt County and California, drawn from Pacific Gas & Electric and the California Independent System Operator (CAISO).

Submitted: October 22, 2018

Student Max Blasdel

Continued his ongoing work for the California Biopower Impacts Project. Max is characterizing the field decomposition of woody biomass residues left behind by forestry operations. His efforts comprise a key component of the business-as-usual case used to evaluate the net climate impacts of biomass removal for electricity generation. Max’s project research will form the basis for his master’s thesis in the Natural Resources program here at Humboldt State.

Submitted: October 22, 2018

Student Sabrinna Rios Romero

Quantified decay rates for the post-harvest residues of seven agricultural crops: corn, wheat, rice, cotton, almond, walnut and grape. These decay rates will allow us to better assess the greenhouse gas (GHG) emission implications of leaving residues in field versus converting them into electricity. This fall, Sabrinna is surveying state foresters to clarify the fate of forest residues — i.e. whether they are piled, burned, or scattered in the field — information which will allow us to more accurately assess emissions following forest harvest. She has also been analyzing biomass samples using a bomb calorimeter and a thermogravimetric analyzer, to measure the performance of a gasifier system

Submitted: October 22, 2018

Faculty Craig Benson Environmental Science & Management

Keynote Speaker presented "Saving Soil, Saving Culture" at AUSIECA/NZHIT Conference in Christchurch, NZ

Submitted: October 22, 2018

Student Dylan Neely, Matthew Marshall, Dawn Blake Wildlife

Presented posters (Dylan & Matthew) and an oral presentation (Blake) of their wildlife research at the 2018 American Indian Science & Engineering Society annual conference in Oklahoma City.

Submitted: October 22, 2018

Student Angelo DiMario, Jeffrey Kane, Erik Jules Forestry, Fire & Rangeland Management

Angelo DiMario (2017) published a paper in Northwest Science from work he conducted as an undergraduate student that characterized fuel build-up around large sugar pines in the Klamath Mountains.

Submitted: October 22, 2018