Latest Achievements

Updates about the latest publications and other achievements by our faculty, staff and students

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Week of: Apr 14, 2019

Student Club Mary Carlquist, Devon Michels, Anna Davis, and Issac Henderson, Wildlife

The HSU Wildlife Conclave team placed second in the The Wildlife Society’s Northeast Student Conclave Wildlife Quiz Bowl, in Portland, ME, in a close final with SUNY-ESF.

Student Cara Appel (former grad student), Pairsa Belamaric (current grad student) and Tim Bean, Wildlife

Published paper in Journal of Mammalogy “Seasonal resource acquisition strategies of a facultative specialist herbivore at the edge of its range”

Student Stella Yuan, Biological Sciences

Received grant from American Society of Mammalogist Grant-in-Aid of Research Grant

Student Caroline Martorano, Jeffrey Kane, Forestry & Wildland Resources

Presented a paper entitled “Long-term effectiveness of fuel reduction treatments in oak and chaparral stands of northern California” at the 90th annual conference of the Northwest Scientific Association in Lewisonton, ID.

Faculty Jeffrey Kane, Forestry & Wildland Resources

Presented a paper entitled “Effectiveness and impacts of girdling treatments in a conifer-encroached Oregon white oak woodland” at the 90th annual conference of the Northwest Scientific Association in Lewisonton, ID.

Faculty Mihai Tomescu (with A. Elgorriaga, I.H. Escapa, G.W. Rothwell, N.R. Cuneo), Biological Sciences

Published paper “Origin of Equisetum: Evolution of horsetails (Equisetales) within the major euphyllophyte clade Sphenopsida”

Student Ivy Widick (former grad student) and Tim Bean (advisor), Wildlife

Published paper in Diversity and Distributions: “Evaluating current and future range limits of an endangered keystone rodent (Dipodomys ingens)”

Student Steffen Peterson with co-authors Daniel Barton, Jared Duquette, and Micaela Gunther, Wildlife

Wildlife Graduate student Steffen Peterson presented a paper “Using spatially explicit capture-recapture techniques to determine black bear (Ursus americanus) density and space-use in an arid mountain ecosystem” at The Western Section of the Wildlife Society Annual Meeting in Yosemite, CA.

Student Jade Morning Sky Little, Daniel Barton, Shannon Brinkman, Claire Nasr, Wildlife

Presented paper “Pelagic cormorant nesting success and oceanic conditions in northern California” at The Western Section of the Wildlife Society Annual Meeting in Yosemite, CA

Student Claire Nasr, Wildlife

Wildlife Graduate Student Claire Nasr Presented paper “Measuring relative disturbance risk to marine wildlife in northern California” at Pacific Seabird Group Annual Meeting, Kauai, HI.

Student Adam Mohr, Wildlife

Wildlife Graduate Student Adam Mohr presented talk at The Western Section of the Wildlife Society Annual Meeting in Yosemite, CA, “Tule elk habitat selection in the Carrizo Plains Region”

Student Jackson Stillman ('19), Physics & Astronomy

Jackson Stillman was granted a travel award by the American Physical Society (APS) Division of Gravitational Physics to present his research on “Progress on Short-range Tests of Gravity at Humboldt State University” at the 2019 APS April Meeting in Denver, CO April 11-16.

Faculty C.D. Hoyle, Physics & Astronomy

Presented research on “A New Multi-mode Apparatus to Determine G” and “Progress on Short-range Tests of Gravity at Humboldt State University” at the 2019 American Physical Society April Meeting in Denver, CO April 11-16.

Faculty Robert Gearheart, Environmental Science & Management

Robert Gearheart was awarded a National Wetlands Award for Science Research. The ceremony will be in Washington DC in May.

Faculty Armeda C. Reitzel, Communication

Armeda Reitzel presented her paper titled “Voices of Fayetteville, Arkansas: Down-home Stories with a Touch of Hollywood Pizzazz” at the Popular Culture Association conference in Washington, DC on April 17, 2019. This paper was based on research that she conducted during her sabbatical leave spring semester 2018.

Week of: Apr 07, 2019

Student Michael Perez, Environmental Science & Management

Michael Perez was selected for the Panetta Congressional internship for fall 2019. One student from each CSU campus is selected each year for this prestigious internship in Washington D.C. Michael hopes to learn about and ultimately contribute positively to the policy-making process regarding climate change.

Faculty Tim Miller, Sarah Fay Philips, Library

Tim Miller (Digital Media and Learning Librarian) and Sarah Fay Philips (former Coordinator of Instruction and Reference, currently Librarian, OSU Cascades) published a book chapter about the SkillShops program and collaborating across campus to create co-curricular learning opportunities for students, entitled “Designing a Collaborative Cross-Campus Drop-in Workshop Series to Motivate Lifelong Learners,” published by ACRL Press.

Faculty Cutcha Risling Baldy, Native American Studies

Dr. Cutcha Risling Baldy’s 2018 book We Are Dancing for You: Native Feminisms and the Revitalization of Women’s Coming-of-Age Ceremonies, published by the University of Washington Press, received an honorable mention this year for the Labriola Center American Indian National Book Award. More information is available here:

Staff Benjamin Funke, Art

Benjamin Funke has been selected by the US Bureau of Land Management – King Range National Conservation Area as the 2019 Artist in Residence.

This opportunity will place him atop the King Range for 31 days, reflecting on the natural landscape and building a new body of artwork. Additionally, he will be leading two workshops for the general public on 3d imaging, design, scanning and printing.

Week of: Mar 31, 2019

Faculty H. Eve Robinson and Mark J. Henderson, Biological Sciences and Fisheries Biology

Eve Robinson (Biological Sciences) and Mark Henderson (Assistant Unit Leader of the California Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, and Fisheries Biology) co-authored a peer-reviewed paper in Marine Ecology Progress Series ( Their research combined quantitative approaches through behavioral experiments and generalized linear models to understand how larval fish capture evasive plankton prey.

Student Rachael M Heller, Anthropology

On April 18th Rachael Heller will be presenting her paper “Leeroy Jenkins; Identity Formation, Investment, and Social Structure of a Guild in World of Warcraft” at the Pop Culture Association annual meeting in Washington, D.C. Based on research over the course of a year, this work contributes to existing scholarship on online sociality by providing insight into the role online gaming plays in connecting people across time and space in new forms of community.

Student Len Mazur, Environmental Science & Management

ESM student Len Mazur has been awarded a North Coast Native Plant Society Research Grant for his project entitled “Biological Assessment for Two Darlingtonia Fens in the Mill Creek Watershed in Del Norte Redwoods State Park”

Staff Stacy Becker, Center for Community Based Learning

The Center for Community Based Learning hosted a Community Partner Luncheon on March 27 at the Humboldt Area Foundation. It was a huge success! There were approximately 40 community partners in attendance sharing their perspectives and best practices on Service Learning and Academic Internships with participating faculty, students, and each other. Stacy Becker did a tremendous job preparing and facilitating the event. The event proved to be a positive experience for all those in attendance.

Faculty Vincent Biondo, Religious Studies

Associate Professor Vincent Biondo’s paper presentation at the November, 2018 Parliament for the World’s Religions was published as the article “Faith and History: Wilfred Cantwell Smith’s Theory of Religion for the Twenty-First Century” in the Toronto Journal of Theology: <>.

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