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Week of: Sep 11, 2011

Faculty Rosemary Sherriff, Geography

Rosemary Sherriff published two articles with co-authors over the summer months in the journals Ecology and Ecological Applications. These articles focused on the effects of disturbance-climate interactions in forest ecosystems in context of restoration and climate change concerns: spruce beetle and climate interactions in Alaska (Ecology), and fire history and restoration in mixed conifer forests of Colorado (Ecological Applications).

Student Alexis Ollar, Environmental Science & Management

Alexis Ollar was awarded the 2011-2012 Student Schloarship for applied research in the environmental sector, from the Association of Environmental Professionals (AEP) Bay Area Chapter. The scholarship was awarded for thesis work in the Environment & Community Program and Geospatial Science Graduate Certificate. The thesis was GIS work in sustainable foodsheds, food security analysis and participatory mapping exercises in Humboldt County. You can find Ollar’s bio and scholarship information at

Week of: Sep 04, 2011

Faculty Kenneth O. Fulgham, Gary Rynearson, Forestry & Wildland Resources

Dr. Kenneth O. Fulgham, chair of HSU’s Department of Forestry and Wildland Resources, and Forestry and Wildland lecturer Gary Rynearson have been elected to key posts of the Buckeye Conservancy, a northern California group of family farm, ranch, and forest landowners and resource managers that promotes the ecological health and economic sustainability of natural resources and open space in family ownership. Fulgham, also professor of rangeland resources, is second vice president, and Rynearson is first vice president. The conservancy can be reached at

Student Jasmine Westbrook, Forestry & Wildland Resources

Rangeland Resources Science major Jasmine Westbrook won the $1,000 Paul Zinke Memorial Scholarship Award at this summer’s 30th Anniversary California Forest Soils Council meeting near Mt. Shasta. Westbrook is a double major in molecular and cellular biology and is minoring in chemistry. She was raised on a Napa Valley sheep ranch and has been working the past few summer for Six Rivers National Forest. She joins four past HSU Zinke Award winners: Barbara Witmore (’05), M.S. New Mexico State University, currently employed by the Bureau of Land Management; Rosemary Records (’06) now in a Ph.D. program at Colorado State University; Sarah Schuette (‘09), starting a Ph.D. program at Washington State University Spring 2012; and Allison Rofe, who will graduate with a bachelor’s degree in Rangeland Resources Science in 2012.

Faculty Lori Dengler, Bud Burke, Geology

Professors Lori Dengler and Bud Burke are among the scientists featured in a new book about the Cascadia Subduction Zone published by HarperCollins in Canada and Counterpoint Press in the U.S. in April 2011. Cascadia’s Fault is a history and a cautionary tale of the West Coast’s most dangerous place—and the scientists who are solving its deadly mysteries.

Faculty Jody Sekas, Theatre, Film & Dance

During the month of June, Jody Sekas was hired as Assistant Art Director for a New Breed Entertainment/Matriarch Media Group independent feature film, “The Lost Coast Tapes.” It was a great opportunity to work alongside film & TV industry pros such as Production Designer Chris Davis & Prop Master Christian Ramirez (The Deadliest Warrior), Director Corey Grant (Hip Hop Task Force, Dysfunctional Friends) and Stunt Coordinator Eric Chen (Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End, Transporter 2). He was able to bring five HSU theatre and film students with him as interns on the film.

Week of: Aug 28, 2011

Student Melissa Dougherty, Biological Sciences

Melissa Dougherty participated as an intern with the Humboldt State Marine Mammal Education and Research Program (MMERP) this summer. One of the projects that she was involved with was observing the Gray Whales in the Klamath River.

“Being able to spend an extended amount of time observing these animals gave me a whole new appreciation for marine mammals. Specifically, watching the interactions between mother and offspring is something that I’ll never forget,” she says. “As an added bonus, I also had the chance to observe throngs of excited sightseers. Seeing how one animal can unite so many disparate people was pretty amazing.”

Student Lisa Voelker, Biological Sciences

Lisa Voelker received the Lee Hartwell Poster Award “in recognition of contributing to innovative research, delivering an outstanding presentation, and creating an exceptional visual arrangement for a scientific poster” at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center Summer Undergraduate Research Program competitive poster session for her work on the molecular basis of electrical synapse formation.

Faculty Alison Purcell O'Dowd, Environmental Science & Management

Alison Purcell O’Dowd co-authored a chapter in Fluvial Geomorphology, entitled “Urbanization in river systems,” as part of a series put out by the Geological Society of America called “Treatise on Geomorphology.”

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