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Week of: May 05, 2019

Faculty Emeritus and Retired Faculty Association Awardees, Multiple Departments

On Tuesday, May 7, 2019, at the Annual University Senate Reception at Baywood Golf and Country Club, the following faculty, having demonstrated outstanding promise, received cash awards from the Emeritus and Retired Faculty Association, to support their continued professional development:

Ellery Ames, Department of Mathematics
Janelle Adsit, Department of English
Allison Bronson, Department of Biological Sciences
Loren Cannon, Department of Philosophy & CRGS
Jasper Oshun, Department of Geology

The website for the awards is:

Faculty Armeda Reitzel, Communication

Armeda Reitzel was selected as one of twenty-eight scholars in the United States to participate in the National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar/Institute on “Understanding Middle Eastern Millennials through Literature, Culture, and Media.” The seminar will take place at the University of Arizona from August 4 through August 10, 2019.

Faculty Rosemary Sherriff and Lucy Kerhoulas, Geography and Forestry & Wildland Resources

Rosemary Sherriff and Lucy Kerhoulas received an NSF Award for ~$400,000 for three years to assess differential response of conifers to drought across geographic gradients. The project uses the recent, severe California drought as a test case to yield important insights on the effects of multi-year drought stress, competition and habitat factors. This information is needed to model tree responses to climate change and as input for forest management in the face of future wildfire. The project involves field sampling and analysis of tree-ring growth and carbon isotope ratios. The team will involve undergraduate and graduate students and multiple collaborators.

Faculty Rosemary Sherriff (PI) and Lucy Kerhoulas (Co-PI), Forestry & Wildland Resources

Recieved an NSF grant to study conifer drought responses in the Klamath Ecoregion ($399,987).

Student Louise Martin, Michael Mees, Kegan Richards, Ivy Sebring-Patton, Mary Scanlan, Forestry & Wildland Resources

Five Rangeland Resource Science students have been awarded the Rustici Livestock and Rangeland Scholarship, administered through the California Farm Bureau Federation. These scholarships are worth $5,000 and are renewable each year.

Faculty Jianmin Zhong, Biological Sciences

Published paper in Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases: Isolation and Characterization of a Rickettsia from the Ovary of a Western Black-legged Tick, Ixodes pacificus

Student Claire Nasr, Wildlife

HSU MS student Claire Nasr won an Honorable Mention in the National Science Foundation’s prestigious Graduate Research Fellowship Program competition

Faculty Mark Colwell, Wildlife

Co-edited book Population Ecology and Conservation of Charadrius Plovers. Studies in Avian Biology No. 52

Faculty Barbara Clucas, Wildlife

Awarded Sequoia Park Zoo Conservation Grant for project “Monitoring Humboldt’s Flying Squirrels with Novel Techniques”.

Student Trinity Smith, Wildlife

Graduate student Trinity Smith won best student poster at the North American Society for Bat Research (NASBR) conference for her poster entitled “Patterns of western red bat occupancy across a disturbed landscape in California’s Central Valley”

Student Molly Parren, Wildlife

Presented poster at the annual meeting of the Western Section of The Wildlife Society entitled “The effects of human disturbance on intraguild interactions of mammalian mesopredators in the Mojave Desert of California”

Student Alex Gorman (2018, first author), Lucy Kerhoulas, Wade Polda (2016), and Nick Kerhoulas, Forestry & Wildland Resources

Published a paper in Evansia: Epiphyte diversity, abundance, and distribution in an old Sitka spruce crown.

Student Gabriel Goff, Forestry & Wildland Resources

Received scholarship from the California Native Plant Society for his research on conifer encroachment in northern California oak woodlands ($1,500).

  Louise Martin, Michael Mees, Mary Scanlan, Kegan Richards, and Ivy Sebring-Patton, Forestry & Wildland Resources

HSU Rangeland Resource students Louise Martin, Michael Mees, Mary Scanlan, Kegan Richards, and Ivy Sebring-Patton have each been awarded a $5,000 Rustici Livestock and Rangeland Scholarship. This scholarship is offered through the California Farm Bureau Federation and is renewable annually. Congratulations!

Student TRiO Upward Bound, Educational Talent Search, and GEAR UP, TRiO Upward Bound, Educational Talent Search, and GEAR UP

Humboldt State University TRiO Upward Bound, Educational Talent Search, and GEAR UP proudly hosted the 2019 Winter Academy this past February. Winter Academy brings high school students to HSU’s campus to take part in “A Day in the Life of a College Student” and to picture the possibilities of life after high school. The day was filled with TRiO and GEAR UP students who took the time to spend their President’s day off taking classes with enrolled HSU students in disciplines they expressed interest in, participating in workshops, study sessions, and tours of campus facilities. This massively collaborative effort among HSU early outreach programs has been incredibly successful and continues to grow in popularity and attendance each February.

HSU TRiO alum students played a critical role in guiding students to and from classes ensuring timely arrival as well as acting as docents to assist them with the transition between classes from all corners of the campus. HSU staff, faculty and professors were and continue to be committed to receiving TRiO and GEAR UP students into their classrooms, labs, and facilities and without this support, the Winter Academy would not be as successful as it is. Students sat in over 20 different lectures, demonstrations, and activities from all three colleges on campus, and toured the green house, the special collections room, and athletic facilities. 50 students participated in the academy this year and that number is expected to grow next year. To learn more about TRiO Upward Bound, TRiO Talent Search, and GEAR UP, please visit our websites:

Faculty Matthew Derrick, Geography

Matthew Derrick, chair of Geography, was elected as president of the California Geographical Society at the organization’s annual meeting May 3-5.

Student Summer Owen, Geography

Summer won third place in the Digital Map Competition at the California Geographic Conference in Big Bear Lake, CA with her map The Impact of the Thomas Fire.

Student Brian Murphy, Environmental Science & Management

Brian won second place in the Digital Map Competition at the California Geographic Society Annual Conference in Big Bear Lake, CA for his map An Overview of Watersheds of California.

Student Leo DiPierro, Geography

Leo won first place in the Digital Map Competition at the California Geographic Society Annual Conference in Big Bear Lake, CA for his map Historical Physical & Architectural Features of Eureka, CA.

Student Riley Buoen, Geography

Riley won second place in the Paper Map Competition at the California Geographic Society Annual Conference in Big Bear Lake, CA for his map The San Gabriel Mountains.

Student Gilbert Trejo, Geography

Gil won first place in the Print Cartography competition at the California Geographic Society Annual Conference in Big Bear Lake, CA with his map The Southern California Coast.

Student Danielle Kirkland-Shatraw, Geography

Danielle won first place in the McKnight Student Paper Contest for best undergraduate geography paper at the California Geographic Society Annual Conference in Big Bear Lake, CA with her work Cartography and Resistance: Counter-mapping in Palestine.

Student Kevin Greer, Geography

Kevin won the Geosystems award for best paper in physical geography at the California Geographic Society Annual Conference in Big Bear Lake, CA with his research “Determining Factors That Contributed to the Carr Fire.”

Week of: Apr 28, 2019

Faculty James Floss, Communication

James Floss, in AY 18-19 studied undocumented immigrant experiences locally, within the state of California, and internationally. The stories, originally published on KHSU are now available through NPR One. The guests were from Mexico, Peru, the Philippines, Columbia, El Salvador and the United States. Some were undocumented, some were legal residents, one was a newly minted citizen and one was deported two days after being recorded.

Faculty Andrew Stubblefield with Co -PI Genevieve Marchand, Forestry & Wildland Resources

Received USDA Multicultural Scholars Award to provide outdoor leadership training and scholarships to Forestry Students ($162,000)

Faculty David Baston, Susan Marshall, & Lucy Kerhoulas, Forestry & Wildland Resources

Received Agricultural Research Institute Grant to study Phytophthora ($60,518).

Student Kevin Soland, Forestry & Wildland Resources

Presented poster at HSU’s INRSEP/CNRS Scientific Research Symposium: Physiology, growth, and immediate response to thinning in a second-growth redwood forest.

Student Gabriel Goff, Forestry & Wildland Resources

Selected to represent HSU at the CSU Research Competition with his investigation of conifer encroachment in northern California oak woodlands

Faculty Erin Kelly & Lucy Kerhoulas, Forestry & Wildland Resources

Principal Investigators for Save the Redwoods League’s Redwoods Rising Apprenticeship Program ($174,430).

Faculty Lucy Kerhoulas, Forestry & Wildland Resources

Received an RSCA Award to purchase a cavitation chamber for measuring tree drought resistance

Student Susan Edinger Marshall, Joseph Seney (lecturer), Students: Nic Anderson, Tiffany Perez, Miles Ritch, Alexandra Urban, Daniel Guzman, Monica Pina, Forestry & Wildland Resources

HSU participated for the first time in the Collegiate Soil Contest hosted by CalPoly SLO. Overall the HSU Team placed 19th out of 26 teams nationwide, but ranked #1 among teams from the 11 western states; higher than Land Grant Institutions such as Colorado State, Utah State, and University of Wyoming.

Faculty Jeffrey Kane, Forestry & Wildland Resources

Became a member of the Northwest Scientific Association’s Board of Directors

Faculty Tim Bean (co-authors Laura Prugh, Nicolas Deguines, Joshua Grinath, Katherine Suding, Robert Stafford, and Justin Brashares), Wildlife

Published paper in Nature Climate Change “Winners and losers in response to extreme drought”

Student Thomas Starkey-Owens, Environmental Science & Management

ESM graduate student Thomas Starkey-Owens presented a poster: “Benthic macroinvertebrate drift and juvenile Chinook Salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha) diet response to pulse flows on the Trinity River below Lewiston Dam” at the 2019 Salmonid Restoration Conference in Santa Rosa, CA on April 25th.

Student Katherine Stonecypher, Environmental Science & Management

ESM undergraduate Katherine Stonecypher presented a poster: “Assessing Salmonid Migration Risk Using the Riffle Crest Thalweg” at the 2019 Salmonid Restoration Conference in Santa Rosa, CA on April 25th.

Student Melissa Collin and Sean Fleming, Environmental Science & Management

Environmental Science & Management undergraduates Melissa Collin and Sean Fleming presented, “Modeling Flows in Northwest California Watersheds with VELMA – 2.0” at the 2019 Salmonid Restoration Conference in Santa Rosa on April 26th.

Faculty Dr. Young Sub Kwon, faculty, and students, Kinesiology & Recreation Administration

HSU was recognized as one of 139 universities/colleges worldwide by Exercise is Medicine® for its efforts to create a culture of wellness on campus. A leadership team of Kinesiology faculty and students helped earn the bronze-level designation by launching a daily walk/run 5K program on campus for faculty, staff, and students over a 10-week period this semester. Goals included promoting physical activity as a vital sign of health and making movement a part of the daily campus culture. More than 40 students, staff, and faculty participated. All gold, silver and bronze universities/colleges will be recognized on May 29 at the 2019 Exercise is Medicine World Congress.

Week of: Apr 21, 2019

Faculty Armeda C. Reitzel, Communication

Armeda Reitzel has been selected to serve as the Midwestern Culture subject area chair of the Midwest Popular Culture Association.

Faculty Tyler Ladinsky, Harvey Kelsey, Melanie Michalak, Geology

Tyler Ladinsky (MS ’12), Harvey Kelsey and Melanie Michalak were awarded a one year grant through the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program to conduct a paleoseismic investigation on the Little Salmon Fault in Humboldt County. Their proposal, “In Southern Cascadia, Do Upper-Plate Faults Rupture in Concert with Subduction Zone Earthquakes: A Paleoseismic Investigation of the Little Salmon Fault Zone” is a collaborative effort between HSU faculty and students, the California Geological Survey, and United States Geological Survey to evaluate the chronology and style of earthquakes on the Little Salmon Fault in context of the Cascadia Subduction Zone.

Student Collegiate Soil Judgers, Rangeland Resource Science, Environmental Science & Management

HSU Collegiate Soil Judgers Place #1 in 11 western states (overall 19th out of 26).

HSU’s first National Collegiate Soil Contest team traveled to San Luis Obispo last week for four days of practice pits, followed by two days of individual and team competition among 26 universities in attendance. HSU team members included Nic Anderson (RRS), Daniel Guzman (ESM), Tiffany Perez (RRS), Miles Ritch (RRS), Monica Piña (RRS), and Alex Urban (ESM) and was co-coached by Joe Seney and Susan Edinger Marshall. Judging consisted of morphology, soil profile characteristics, site characteristics, soil classification, and land use interpretations. While host team Cal Poly San Luis Obispo did not compete, HSU outperformed land grant universities such as Utah State, Colorado State, and University of Wyoming. Humboldt State’s Wildland Soils option (under the Rangeland Resource Science major) qualifies graduates as federally qualified Soil Scientists.

Student Clare O'Connell, Biological Sciences

Received a grant from Friends of the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument

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