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


Student Grace Ghrist Fisheries Biology

Fisheries graduate student Grace Ghrist was awarded the Council on Ocean Affairs, Science & Technology (COAST) Graduate Student Research Award. This award will support Grace’s research looking at how freshwater habitat use affects marine survival of threatened coho salmon.

Submitted: January 29, 2018

Faculty Mark Colwell Allison Patrick Wildlife

Mark Colwell and Allie Patrick published a (Dec 2017) paper in Wader Study, an international journal dedicated to the ecology and conservation of shorebirds. Their work summarized a 12-year dataset on breeding Snowy Plovers in Humboldt County and showed that plovers nest in loose aggregations, especially when population size increase.

Submitted: January 21, 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 Lara Jansen Environmental Science & Management

ESM graduate student Lara Jansen was awarded the Council on Ocean Affairs, Science & Technology (COAST) Graduate Student Research Award. This award will support Lara's research that explores the effects of dam-regulated flow on primary and secondary productivity in the upper Eel River.

Submitted: January 19, 2018

Student Keith Parker Fisheries Biology

Graduate student Keith Parker was selected by the National Science Foundation, Graduate Research Internship Program as an intern scientist with NOAA Fisheries, Salmon Ecology Lab. He was concurrently awarded an internship with the EPA, which was declined. The internship begins this month and will compliment his current genetic work under the NSF GRFP at HSU.

Submitted: January 17, 2018

Faculty Mark Colwell, Lizzie Feucht, Nora Papian, Jeremy Pohlman, Katelyn Raby Wildlife

HSU hosted the annual recovery meeting for the Western Snowy Plover, held in the Native American Forum, 10 & 11 January 2018. HSU alumnus Dr. Luke Eberhart-Phillips of the Max Planck Institute, Germany delivered the keynote lecture, which was a comparative examination of plover demography and breeding systems. Colwell, Feucht, and Papian also presented their work.

Submitted: January 15, 2018

Faculty Kamila Larripa Mathematics

Kamila Larripa was awarded an Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM) travel grant to help support her visit to Oberwolfach, Germany to study Mathematical Modeling in Systems Biology.

Submitted: December 7, 2017

Faculty Zawisza Grabinski, Rosemary Sherriff, Jeff Kane

Alum Zav Grabinski (MS, 2015) and Professors Rosemary Sherriff and Jeff Kane published "Controls of reburn severity vary with fire interval in the Klamath Mountains, California, USA" in the journal Ecosphere. A unique component of the study was evaluation of different scales of analysis within the ecoregion. In the context of recent increases in fire activity, results underscore a self-reinforcing pattern of fire severity related to the Klamath Mountains biophysical setting, but also highlight the importance of spatial and temporal scale of evaluation and interactions of vegetation, time since fire, and weather on reburn severity.

Submitted: November 30, 2017

Faculty Gregory M. Pitch (student) and Robert W. Zoellner (faculty member) Chemistry

Gregory M. Pitch (student) and Robert W. Zoellner (faculty member) have published an article detailing their computational chemistry research results. The article is "Bonding modes in bis(benzene)beryllium(0): A density functional and Moller-Plesset computational investigation", and will be published in 2018 in the journal "Inorganica Chimica Acta", volume 470, pages 68-73.

Submitted: November 27, 2017

Faculty Jasper Oshun, Margaret Lang Geology

Geoscientists Without Borders funded a two year $100k project to complete a sustainable water project in the highlands of Perú. Jasper Oshun and Margaret Lang will lead a small group of students to Perú next summer to map the geology, explore surface runoff patterns and learn novel shallow geophysical techniques to determine the extent of the aquifer. These data will be used to design a water reservoir and agricultural canal system. They will return in the summer of 2019 to support the community in the construction phase. The canal will allow for year round agriculture, directly benefitting over 120 families.

Submitted: November 13, 2017

Student Mason London Biological Sciences

Biology graduate student Mason London presented his research at the California Chapter of the Society for Freshwater Science meeting in Davis, CA on Oct 25, 2017. The title of his talk was "A comparison of benthic macroinvertebrate assemblages in perennial and intermittent headwater streams of the Mattole River in northern California, USA."

Submitted: October 30, 2017

Student Lara Jansen Environmental Science & Management

Lara Jansen, NR graduate student working with Dr. Alison O'Dowd, presented her research at the California Chapter of the Society for Freshwater Science meeting in Davis, CA on Oct 25, 2017. The title of her talk was "Integration of Western Science and Indigenous Science to Inform Management of the Upper Eel River." Lara's co-presenter was Leke Hutchins, a UC Berkeley undergraduate who participated in HSU's Rroulou'sik REU program last summer.

Submitted: October 30, 2017

Student Diana Martinez Environmental Science & Management

Diana is one of 20 students selected nationwide for the Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program, which exposes early-career college students to the field of environmental conservation through research, leadership and professional training. Doris Duke Scholars participate in an intensive eight-week summer course integrating conservation leadership and research experiences, then the following summer pursue conservation internships in small groups at nationally recognized conservation organizations and agencies. In September Diana ran a workshop entitled “Diversity, Equity & Inclusion in Conservation & the Outdoors” at the Uplift Climate Conference in Moab, Utah.

Submitted: October 26, 2017

Faculty Bori Mazzag and Kamila Larripa Mathematics

Bori Mazzag and Kamila Larripa secured funding through NSF INCLUDES WATCH US/ University of Nebraska to support undergraduate women in mathematics. The funds will help prepare HSU students for the annual Mathematical Contest in Modeling.

Submitted: October 2, 2017

Student Jason Jackson, Alyssa Suarez, Antoinette Shirley, Ely Boone, Matthew Marshall, Amanda Martinez, Anna Colegrove-Powell

INRSEP advisor Lonyx Landry accompanied 8 students in the INRSEP program to the American Indian Science and Engineering Society(AISES) National Conference in Denver last week. These students presented posters on their summer research, many sponsored by the HSU Rroulou'sik REU program supporting Native American students in Science (Directed by Wildlife professor Matt Johnson).

Submitted: October 2, 2017

Faculty Jeff Dunk Environmental Science & Management

Jeff Dunk coauthored a paper entitled "First-year dispersal of Golden Eagles from natal areas in the southwestern United States and implications for second-year settling" in a special issue (dedicated to Golden Eagle studies) of the Journal of Raptor Research.

The paper can be found at:

Submitted: September 18, 2017

Faculty Jianmin Zhong Biological Sciences

Biological Sciences Professor Jianmin Zhong has published a manuscript on the journal of "Ticks and tick-borne diseases." Although the status of the manuscript is still in press, the online copy has been published.

The article is now published online at:

Submitted: September 11, 2017

Student Mikayla Kia Environmental Science & Management

Environmental Science & Management Student Mikayla Kia was awarded a $1,500 MapWorks Scholarship for her achievements using the MapWorks program. For more about the program, and Mikayla's achievements, "follow this link.":

Submitted: September 5, 2017

Faculty William F. Wood Chemistry

On August 26th, William Wood, HSU Chemical Ecologist, gave a lecture to the Humboldt County Mensa Organization's lunch meeting: titled “Skunk Solutions.” This talk covered Wood’s research on 4 species of North American skunk species, how to clean animals sprayed by skunks, the history of skunk spray research, and his anecdotal experiences with skunks.

Submitted: August 28, 2017

Student Meredith Garrett Environmental Science & Management

Environmental Science and Management senior Meredith Garrett was chosen to serve as an intern for U.S. Congresswoman Nanette Barragan this past summer in Washington, D.C. through the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute's highly competitive Congressional Internship Program. For more information about (and to apply to) this program, visit this link ...

Submitted: August 25, 2017