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


Faculty Adam Carter Computer Science

Adam Carter will present his paper, "Using Programming Process Data to Detect Differences in Students' Patterns of Programming" at this year's ACM Special Interest Group on Computer Science Education (SIGCSE) in Seattle, WA.

Submitted: March 6, 2017

Student Sean Haas Physics & Astronomy

Physics student Sean Haas recently had his first peer reviewed article published in National Conference on Undergraduate Research Proceedings. Haas' paper is titled, "Searching for a Connection Between Radio Emission and UV/Optical Absorption in Quasars," the abstract for which can be viewed online here:

Submitted: March 2, 2017

Faculty Walt Duffy and Sharon Kahara Wildlife

"Ecosystems of California" won two 2017 PROSE awards, which are given by the Association of American Publishers. It won the award for environmental science, and the overall award for excellence in physical sciences and mathematics.For more information on AAP 2017 awardees visit:

Submitted: February 28, 2017

Student Mark Szymanski Geology

Mark Szymanski (MS Student, Geology) received a $1,000 research grant from the Northern California Geological Society. Mark will these funds to measure oxygen isotope ratios of olivine crystals in lavas erupted over the last 750,000 years in the Sierra Nevada. Results from Mark's thesis will advance our understanding the controls of where mafic volcanoes form and how they evolve.

Submitted: February 22, 2017

Faculty Amy Sprowles and Kerri J. Malloy Biological Sciences

Amy Sprowles (Biology) and Kerri J. Malloy (Native American Studies) presented their paper “Klamath Connections: creating cultural awareness through interdisciplinary study and community partnerships in the next generation of STEM professionals” at the Critical Histories and Activist Futures: Science, Medicine, and Racial Violence conference (February 24-25, 2017) at the Program in History of Science and Medicine at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. The conference focused on issues of science and racial violence as objects of historical study, and considered the lingering inequalities and injustices within history as a discipline.

Submitted: February 21, 2017

Faculty Ron Fritzsche Fisheries Biology

Emeritus Professor Ron Fritzsche (Fisheries Biology) was a contributor to the recently published FAO Species Identification Guide for Fisheries Purposes, "Living Marine Resources of the Eastern Central Atlantic, Vol. 3 Bony Fishes Part 1 (Elopiformes to Scorpaeniformes)," Kent Carpenter and Nicolette DeAngelis eds, FAO, United Nations, Rome 2016. Dr. Fritzsche contributed the section on the fishes of the order Gasterosteiformes (Syngnathidae, Fistulariidae, Aulostomidae and Macrorhamphosidae), pages 2231-2248.

Submitted: February 13, 2017

Staff Stephen St. Onge

Director of Housing & Residence Life Stephen St. Onge, Health Education Assisatnt Mary Sue Savage, student Yvette Cerna and Student Health Center Director Brian Mistler will host a presentation at the 2017 NASPA conference in San Antonio, TX, March 11-15th, 2017 on "Creating a Consent Themed Learning Community. NAPSA is the organization of Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education.

Submitted: February 6, 2017

Student Specialist Todd Golder and students Mariah Aguiar, Amanda Albright, Melissa Chase, Axel Sanchez, Eric Garcia, Monica Rodriguez, Steven Gilster, Tess Palmer, Darren Pinnegar and Kaelie Pena. Forestry, Fire & Rangeland Management

Humboldt State University's Range Plant Identification team placed 5th in a contest that has been described as one of the toughest in recent memory. Deedee Soto, an HSU Botany major with a range minor, placed 5th in the individual category. Coached by lecturer/NRCS Rangeland Specialist Todd Golder, other team members include Mariah Aguiar, Amanda Albright, Melissa Chase, Axel Sanchez, Eric Garcia, Monica Rodriguez, Steven Gilster, Tess Palmer, Darren Pinnegar, and Kaelie Pena. These students were enrolled in RRS 475 Advanced study of Range Plants, offered every semester.
Most plant species on this test were grasses and many consisted of mere fragments of material. We owe much to HSU's exce

Submitted: February 2, 2017

Faculty Annette A. Tabares (student) and Robert W. Zoellner (faculty member) Chemistry

We have recently published an 11-page peer-reviewed article detailing the results of an undergraduate research project: Annette A. Tabares and Robert W. Zoellner; "Magnesepin, 1,4-dimagnesocin, 1,4,7-trimagnesonin, and their C6H6Mgn, n=1-3, isomers: A density functional computational investigation"; Heteroatom Chemistry 2017, 28, 21355. The journal, Heteroatom Chemistry, specializes in the chemistry of organic molecules containing some non-carbon atoms, which are often referred to as "heteroatoms".

Submitted: January 30, 2017

Student Charlotte Olsen Physics & Astronomy

HSU Physics & Astronomy senior Charlotte Olsen presented a poster of her work on tidally triggered star formation at the American Astronomical Society's 229th meeting in Grapevine, TX. The poster, titled "A Search for Triggered Star Formation in the Compact Group of Galaxies NGC 5851, NGC 5852 and CGCG 077-007," represents a joint research collaboration between the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center X-Ray Galaxies Group and HSU. Charlotte's travel to the meeting was supported by the John Mather Nobel Scholarship, which she was awarded for work she accomplished during a summer 2016 NASA internship.

Submitted: January 19, 2017

Student Mathew Nyberg, Brian Draeger, Brian Weekly, Eileen Cashman, & Michael Love Environmental Resources Engineering

"Analysis of Vortex Pool-and-Chute Fishway" published in the American Journal for Undergraduate Research, Dec 2016 Volume 13 Issue 4.

Brian Draeger, Mat Nyberg, and Brian Weekly completed this research while pursuing B.S. degrees in Environmental Resources
Engineering. The analysis presented in this paper was conducted as a semester project for a River Hydraulics course instructed
by Dr. Eileen Cashman. The students’ interest and effort toward this project has continued beyond their course work under the
direction of Dr. Cashman and Dr. Margaret Lang.

Submitted: December 31, 2016

Student Bret McNamara Forestry, Fire & Rangeland Management

Bret McNamara won an award for best student poster at the Third Southwest Fire Ecology Conference in Tucson, AZ for his research entitled "Post-fire seedling establishment patterns of Hesperocyparis bakeri".

Bret is a graduate student working in the HSU Wildland Fire Lab and conducted this research in collaboration with faculty members: David Greene, Jeff Kane, and Melanie McCavour

Submitted: December 15, 2016

Student Leonard Rios Forestry, Fire & Rangeland Management

Leonard Rios presented his research on the "Effects of fire season on growth and defense in Pinus lambertiana" at the Third Southwestern Fire Ecology Conference in Tucson, Arizona.

Leonard is graduate student in the HSU Wildland Fire Lab working with Jeff Kane.

Submitted: December 15, 2016

Faculty Alison O'Dowd Environmental Science & Management

Dr. Alison O'Dowd recently published a paper in the journal 'Anthropocene' entitled: Wildfire, water, and society: Toward integrative research in the 'Anthropocene.'

Submitted: November 10, 2016

Faculty Steven Steinberg Environmental Science & Management

Steven Steinberg, Ph.D., GISP, Adjunct Professor of Geospatial Sciences, has been invited as the keynote speaker for GIS Day on Wednesday, November 16 at Shasta College in Redding.

He will be presenting: A Geospatial Journey...or how I discovered GIS and made a career of it (and you can too)!

When: 6:00pm
Where: Shasta College, Room 804, 11555 Old Oregon Trail, Redding, CA 96003

For more info Contact: Dan Scollon, (530) 242-2314

Submitted: November 7, 2016

Faculty Steve Martin Environmental Science & Management

Steve Martin was recently appointed to serve on the Board of Directors of the Society for Wilderness Stewardship, a national organization dedicated to promoting excellence in the professional practice of wilderness stewardship, science, and education.

Submitted: October 25, 2016

Faculty Harold Zald Forestry, Fire & Rangeland Management

Harold Zaid was recently interviewed about his research regarding the relationships between drought, insect outbreaks, and wildlife by the independent digital media Water Deeply.
Link to the article…

Submitted: September 29, 2016

Faculty Steve Martin Environmental Science & Management

Steve Martin attended the conference of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) in Honolulu. Dr. Martin is a co-author of a new IUCN publication – ‘Wilderness Protected Areas: Management Guidelines for IUCN Category 1b.’ The publication, released/issued to the public at the IUCN conference, is described by IUCN as Best Practice Guidelines for IUCN Category 1b (Wilderness), the first global management guidelines that provide state of the art information on protecting and enhancing wilderness values in Category 1b protected areas, and in particular clarifying how wilderness areas and people can coexist in a reciprocal and mutually beneficial manner.

Submitted: September 16, 2016

Faculty Professor Emeritus Rick Botzler, students in the Ecoclub and other collaborators Wildlife

Professor Emeritus Rick Botzler has been working with local kids aged 4 to 16 to survey for chytrid fungus in Humboldt County frogs. With the Ecoclub kids as first author(s), the research team, which includes ecologist colleagues from the US Forest Service, UC Davis and the Integral Ecology Research Center, has published their findings in the recent issue of the Journal of Wildlife Diseases. A great accomplishment fueled by citizen science.

Submitted: September 8, 2016

Student Amy Livingston Forestry, Fire & Rangeland Management

Amy Livingston, graduate student, lead authored a paper with Erik Jules (Biology) and Jeff Kane (Forestry and Wildland Resources) entitled "Prescribed fire and conifer removal promote positive understory vegetation responses in Quercus garryana woodlands" in the Journal of Applied Ecology this past June

Submitted: September 8, 2016