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


Faculty Steve Martin and Kristen Pope Environmental Science & Management

Prof. Steve Martin published a peer-reviewed paper with former graduate student Kristen Pope titled, "The Influence of Hand-Held Information and Communication Technology on Visitor Perceptions of Risk and Risk-Related Behavior" in "Wilderness visitor experiences: Progress in research and management" Rocky Mountain Research Station-P-66. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service.

Submitted: August 21, 2012

Faculty William Wood Chemistry

William Wood was the winner of the “Most Likely to Change the World” award for his research commentary on The Academic Minute. This broadcast was part of Northeast Public Radio’s daily program on research from campuses around the world.

Submitted: August 20, 2012

Faculty Lonny Grafman Environmental Resources Engineering

Lonny Grafman will be following up his presentation at the Bronx Museum of the Arts with a presentation at Poe Park in the Bronx, New York on the Flock House and a Dominican Schoolroom: Local Resources for Building Resilient Homes, Schoolrooms, and Communities.…

Submitted: July 25, 2012

Student Yvan Delgado de la Flor Wildlife

Yvan Delgado de la Flor, class of 2013 with a major in Wildlife Conservation & Management, is working with a faculty mentor to study Biotic Change in Declining Hemlock Forests.

The 11-week Harvard Forest summer research program, with funding from the National Science Foundation, NASA, and several universities, has been running for more than 20 years. Working with a faculty mentor, each student completes an independent project during the course of the program. Students then present their work at the annual research symposium.

Submitted: July 11, 2012

Faculty Larry Fox Forestry, Fire & Rangeland Management

Emeritus Forestry Professor Larry Fox has completed a volunteer project investigating the death of more than 1500 people fleeing Libya across the Central Mediterranean using geospatial and remote sensing technology. Fox and researchers from the University of London produced a report on a particular case of migrants’ death involving 63 people, where the military and other actors failed to provide assistance to seafarers in distress.

The report was the basis for a legal case against France and may be used to file cases against other countries that participated in the 2011 military intervention in Libya. The full report is available at: The project was supported by GISCorps, which coordinates short term, volunteer-based GIS services to underprivileged communities.

Submitted: June 15, 2012

Faculty Micaela Szykman Gunther Wildlife

Associate Professor in Wildlife Micaela Gunther co-authored a paper with colleagues from the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute entitled, "Inbreeding Avoidance Influences the Viability of Reintroduced Populations of African Wild Dogs (Lycaon pictus)."

This research, published in the online journal PLoSONE, matched genetic data with behavioral observations to determine that African wild dogs employ a mechanism to avoid inbreeding. Combined with the isolation of wild dog populations, inbreeding avoidance can rapidly lead to the extinction of small and reintroduced populations of this endangered species.

Submitted: June 8, 2012

Student Iris Koski Environmental Science & Management

Iris is a graduate student (class of 2012) presenting her research on oak woodland restoration at the Society for Ecological Restoration conference at UC Davis, May 15-17. The title of the presentation is "Landscapes in Transition: Private Lands Oak Woodland Management in the Klamath-Siskiyou Bioregion." This research was a collaborative project between HSU, private landowners, and numerous agencies and organizations who are concerned about oak woodlands in this region.

Submitted: May 9, 2012

Faculty Matthew Johnson Wildlife

Wildlife Chair Matt Johnson was nominated by the California State University to be featured on its (STEM)2 website, which highlights the science, technology, engineering and mathematics service-learning work of California State University faculty members. Johnson's service-learning course engages students in a local wildlife research project relevant to local land managers. (STEM)2 is a grant-supported initiative in the CSU that promotes student success in STEM disciplines. For more information, visit

Submitted: May 7, 2012

Student Ethan Gahtan, Bori Mazzag, Joshua Peterson, Michael Stobb Mathematics

Graduate students Joshua Peterson and Michael Stobb with faculty members Ethan Gahtan and Bori Mazzag published a paper on a graph theoretical model for the posterior lateral line sensorimotor pathway of a zebrafish in PLoS ONE. To the authors' knowledge, it constitutes the largest and most complete identified neuron connectome model described in any vertebrate.

Submitted: May 7, 2012

Student Matt Mitchell Environmental Science & Management

Matt Mitchell is a winner of Patricia O. McConkey Award for outstanding graduate thesis: A Comparison of Invertebrate Communities Occupying Spartina Invaded and Restored Salt Marshes of Humboldt Bay, CA.

Submitted: May 4, 2012

Faculty Sharon N. Kahara Wildlife

Adjunct Wildlife Faculty Member Sharon Kahara co-authored an article in _Great Plains Research_ titled "Wetland Hydrodynamics and Long-term Use of Spring Migration Areas by Lesser Scaup in Eastern South Dakota." The research modeled spring wetland use based on surveys carried out over two decades. Results dispelled scaup preference for semipermanent wetlands and established the importance of permanent, hydrologically dynamic wetlands for long-term use and therefore conservation concern.

Submitted: April 25, 2012

Faculty William Wood Chemistry

Professor William Wood and student co-authors Jay A. Brandes, Brian D. Foy, Christopher G. Morgan, Thierry D. Mann and Darvin A. DeShazer published a report on the maple syrup odor of the candy cap mushroom. The project culminated 25 years of research, since identification of the chemical responsible for the unique odor has been elusive. The odor causing chemical, quabalactone III, is not present in living candy cap mushrooms. It is only found in dried mushrooms and likely results from the reaction of a rare amino acid on desiccation.

This research was published in Biosystematics and Ecology [Volume 43, 51-53 (2012)].

Submitted: April 23, 2012

Student Kathryn Wiles Biological Sciences

Kathryn Wiles, Ecology junior, has been selected to receive a 2012 CSUPERB Presidents’ Commission Scholar Award to fund her summer research project titled, ”Investigation of Horizontal Gene Transfer and Biogeography among Thermoacidophilic Isolates from Lassen Volcanic National Park, California, USA.” Wiles' faculty mentor, Dr. Patricia Siering, was instrumental in writing the proposal. Her adviser is Dr. Erik Jules. A committee of CSUPERB faculty and deans selected 25 proposals out of 67 submitted. The CSUPERB Presidents’ Commission will meet award winners and mentors in August 2012 at the CSU Chancellor’s Office in Long Beach.

Submitted: April 17, 2012

Student Students Environmental Resources Engineering

A team of HSU Environmental Resources Engineering students gained a meritorious score in the recent Consortium for Mathematics and its Applications (COMAP) Mathematical Modeling Contest. HSU ranked in the top 11%, competing against more than 3,350 teams from the U.S. and overseas universities.

Only 27 schools received a higher ranking than Humboldt State. Each team prepared a report detailing its solution to one of three candidate modeling problems. HSU teammates Andy Harris, Craig Lorenc and Solomon Homicz addressed the problem of determining the best schedule for whitewater rafting visitors to a remote and scenic river.

Submitted: April 11, 2012

Faculty Lonny Grafman Environmental Resources Engineering

Lonny Grafman presented "Platforms Tackling Social Innovation and Global Development Challenges: Proliferation, Collaboration, and Coordination" at Scientists Without Borders with support from the Rockefeller Foundation Conference in New York on April 9, 2012.

Submitted: April 10, 2012

Student Jessie Hagadorn Biological Sciences

Biological Sciences student Jessie Hagadorn (Advisor Dr. Jacob Varkey) has been awarded a 2012 Global Youth Advocacy Fellowship.

The fellowship, which begins in April 2012, will provide specialized training from the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, the opportunity to participate in youth-led global advocacy at the Commission on Population & Development (CPD) meeting at the UN in New York City. Fellows will also participate in a youth coalition at the International AIDS Conference, which will take place in Washington, DC in July 2012.

Submitted: April 9, 2012

Faculty William Wood Chemistry

William Wood published a report on the volatile organic compounds from first year canes of the invasive Himalayan blackberry. Succulent young leaves had chemicals that were not present in mature leaves. These chemicals showed significant activity against the feeding of banana slugs and are known to repel aphids.

Banana slug antifeedant in the growing cane tips of Himalayan Berry, Rubus armeniacus. William F. Wood. Biochemical Systematics and Ecology 41, 126-129 (2012).

Submitted: April 3, 2012

Faculty Lonny Grafman Environmental Resources Engineering

Lonny Grafman co-facilitated an un-conference experience on "infusing innovation and entrepreneurship into engineering education" at the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance Open 2012 Conference in San Francisco, Calif., on March 22, 2012.

Submitted: March 23, 2012

Staff Frederick Zechman

Steve Smith, dean of the College of Natural Resources and Sciences, has announced the appointment of Dr. Frederick (Rick) Zechman to be the college’s associate dean, effective July 1. Currently the interim associate dean at the College of Science and Mathematics at CSU Fresno, Zechman is a professor of biology. He earned his Ph.D. in botany at Louisiana State University and his M.S. at the University of New Hampshire. His primary areas of research are molecular phylogenetics, biogeography ecology and biodiversity of marine and freshwater organisms. Zechman will succeed professor of mathematics Dale Oliver, who will continue as interim associate dean until July 1.

Submitted: February 28, 2012

Faculty William F. Wood Chemistry

On Jan. 26, 2012, Professor Wood presented a worldwide American Chemical Society WebinarTM to 500 participants titled: Chemistry Stinks! And How Nature Uses These Noxious Chemicals. The webinar consisted of a 20 minute presentation of his research on skunks, giraffes, garter snakes, wolverines and weasels followed by 30 minutes of questions and answers from the audience. The program was moderated by Professor Darren Griffin, University of Kent, UK. In the future, this ACS Webinar will be available for viewing at

Submitted: January 26, 2012