Alumni Updates

Amy Gustafson, Forestry & Wildland Resources, 2007
Submitted: March 20, 2012
I am currently a Rangeland Management Specialist for the Sierra National Forest, and have been since fall of 2008.

Thierry Mann, Chemistry, 1993
Submitted: March 5, 2012
Ph. D. University of Arizona 1998 Micromass/ Waters 1999-2003 Novartis Pharma 2003-present Moved to Basel Switzerland 2011

Eric Burke, Forestry & Wildland Resources, 2005
Submitted: February 29, 2012
Currently a Registered Professional Forester and working for the Plumas National Forest, Feather River Ranger District as a Timber Sale Administrator.

Rani Ram, Wildlife, Spring 2011
Submitted: February 26, 2012
Since graduating with my B.S. in May, I have been busy applying to Anthropology graduate programs to specialize in Primatology. An important aspect of this process is applying to scholarships, such as the NSF GRFP, which I highly recommend getting started on early. I have been accepted to my top choice school, Kent State, OH, to study the feeding ecology of saki monkeys in Surinam with Dr. Marilyn Norconk. I didn't follow a traditional path in gaining my degree, and it may have taken me a little longer, but what matters in the end is that if you persist with your education, you will achieve your desired goals. Good luck.

Lawson Snyder, Fisheries Biology, 1980
Submitted: October 22, 2011
Spent 31 years after graduaion with the Florida Game and Freshwater Fish Commission, which later became the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Started in 1980 as a freshwater fisheries biologist and is currently serving as Deputy Director of the Division of Habitat and Species Conservation.

David Talley, Biological Sciences, 1983
Submitted: October 22, 2011
I am finishing my 30 th year as a public school educator. I taught science at the middle and high school level for 13 years in California before moving into school administration. I have worked at all grade levels k-12 and currently serve as principal of Quincy high school. My wife Michele and I have been married for 21 years and have two daughters, Danielle and Marinda

Carlton Yee, Forestry & Wildland Resources, 1964
Submitted: October 17, 2011
After 13 years in Central Oregon, Judi and I recently moved to the Boise, ID area. We love it here with a bigger city and a State more politically attuned to our views. We summer here and winter in the Las Vegas area. I have been retired for 11 years now and am hoping to live long enough to be a problem for CALPERS.

Janet Morlan, Geography, 1985
Submitted: September 6, 2011
I retired July 1, 2011, and received the best retirement "gift." In May I was flown to Washington D.C. to receive a National Wetlands Award. And it all began at the Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary many, many years ago. Here's the link to the award information & photos:

Robert Klamt, Fisheries Biology, 1974
Submitted: June 28, 2011
I retired in November from the N. Coast Water Quality Control Board after 35 years of service, including 8 months as the Executive Officer. My work was mostly in monitoring and assessment of our N. Coast waters, and more recently in working with the timber industry on water quality issues.

Charles P. Meacham, Fisheries Biology, 1970
Submitted: June 15, 2011
After 50 years in Alaska (commercial fisherman, seafood processing, seafood inspector for U.S. Army, and 21 years with Dept. Fish and Game) moved to Gig Harbor, WA. Married to Charlene Heriot Meacham (also Humboldt grad) in 1969. Three children, 3 grandchildren.

Robert T. Lackey, Fisheries Biology, 1967
Submitted: June 14, 2011
Bob Lackey (Fisheries, '67) now teaches at Oregon State University. He has been engaged in developing online classes in natural resources as part of OSU ECampus.

Jo Anne Smith (Flueck), Wildlife, 1982
Submitted: May 12, 2011
Recently appointed Chair of Huemul Task Force in the Species Survival Commission of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Has served as Chair for the Scientific Steering Committee for the 6th and 7th International Deer Biology Congress (Republic of Czech and Chile, respectively) and now serving at same capacity for the upcoming 8th IDBC, which is to be held in Harbin China.

(Allen) Kent Willis, Biological Sciences, 1969
Submitted: March 31, 2011
I teach Algebra I and physical science in 8th grade at Fortuna Middle School. I have coached soccer, track, and basketball and have also served as Vice Principal and Athletic Director. I received an MA in elementary education from the University of San Francisco, and an MA in educational technology leadership from The George Washington University in Washington D.C. I have just finished a doctorate re: the relationship of multiplication tables and fraction skills to learning algebra. My wife and I have two children and enjoy dancing, skiing, softball, and coaching basketball.

Carrie Vath, Biological Sciences, 2003
Submitted: January 28, 2011
I am currently a PhD Candidate at the University of Florida in the School of Natural Resources and Environment. My research focuses on primate conservation, forest management planning, and community development in Cross River State Nigeria

Duncan McClusky, Fisheries Biology, 1978
Submitted: January 26, 2011
It is not really a recent update. I was in the Ecology Outdoor Group at HSU and I have continued volunteering time in the community. I generally volunteer between 300-400 hours each year. I have been chair of Keep Tift Beautiful for six years, Secretary of the Tree Board for five years, maintain four adopt a miles on my own and help on four others with different organizations. I have been Secretary for a Kiwanis Club for many years, I was on the Georgia Circle K District board as an assistant administrator for about nine years, and participated in five Circle K International Large Scale Service Projects. I have volunteered at the local, state and international level with Special Olympics. I have volunteered with paralympic sports for 17 years.

Nicolas Bauer, Fisheries Biology, 2004
Submitted: January 24, 2011
I am now working for the California Sea Grant Program as a fisheries biologist monitoring coho salmon in the Russian River.

Norm Benson, Forestry & Wildland Resources, 1974
Submitted: January 21, 2011
Happily married. Living in N Cal. Lately been passing along reasonably green thoughts at

Larry Stephens, Forestry & Wildland Resources, December 1990
Submitted: January 21, 2011
Working for the California Department of Fish and Game for 12 years now enforcing hunting and fishing laws in the mountains of Southern California.

Chris Brey, Fisheries Biology, 1987
Submitted: January 20, 2011
After college I joined the Peace Corps as a fisheries volunteer in the Dominican Republic. I've worked as a fiseries biologist on the Bering Sea, and managed a salmon hatchery in Washington. Transitioned to environmental work in biotechnology industry, and grew into facilities management role, where I have been able to exercise my passion for sustainable business practices. I am married and have two children, and live in Mountain View, CA.

Ellen Teresa Hall, Physics & Astronomy, 1994
Submitted: January 20, 2011
I am living in Portland, Oregon with my family. I teach Chemistry, Physics, and Earth Science to high school students. I am building on the excellent science education I received at HSU by taking prerequisites to go back to school to study evolutionary psychology. I loved going to school at Humboldt, and I visit the Arcata area with my family every chance I get.