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Week of: Oct 28, 2018

Faculty Kerri J. Malloy, Native American Studies

Kerri J. Malloy, Lecturer in Native American Studies, presented his paper “From Intangible to Tangible: Touching the Legacy of Genocide Prevention” at the 5th International Conference on Genocide (November 1-3) at California State University, Sacramento.

Faculty Alison O'Dowd, Environmental Science & Management

ESM Professor Alison O’Dowd gave a presentation, “Freshwater Science in the CSU system” at the annual meeting of the California Chapter of the Society for Freshwater Science in Davis, CA on Oct 24, 2019.

Student Trinity Smith, Wildlife

Graduate student Trinity Smith (in Wildlife) won best student poster at the North American Society for Bat Research (NASBR) conference last week for her poster entitled:
“Patterns of western red bat occupancy across a disturbed landscape in California’s Central Valley”. The conference was in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico October 24-27 (https://www.nasbr.org/annual-meetings).

Faculty Genevieve Marchand, Kinesiology & Recreation Administration

Presented research at the Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education Research Symposium in Snowbird, UT, research findings concerning place attachment, well being, and participation in the Outdoor Nation Campus Challenge

Faculty Beth Eschenbach, Environmental Resources Engineering

Served as Technical Program Chair for the 2018 Frontiers in Education conference in San Jose California. FIE is a premier international engineering education conference.

Student MS Student Katrina Smith (with D.C. Barton and D.A. Riggs), Wildlife

Presenting a paper “Site selection in a population monitoring program for Townsend’s big-eared bats: Does cave morphology predict abundance of hibernating bats?” at annual meeting of the North American Society for Bat Research, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Student MS Student Justin Demianew (with A. D. Macedo, J. M. Garwood, and D. C. Barton), Wildlife

Presented an invited paper “The high life: Ecology and conservation of montane reptiles” at annual meeting of the Society for Northwestern Vertebrate Biology, Portland, OR

Student MS Student Alyssa Marquez (with L. Diller and D. C. Barton), Wildlife

Presented a paper “Response of headwater amphibians to logging impacts and assessment of restoration potential in Redwood National and State Parks.” at annual meeting of the Society for Northwestern Vertebrate Biology, Portland, OR

Faculty Dan Barton (with P. Capitolo, R. Golightly, H. Carter, and G. McChesney), Wildlife

Presented a paper “Application of auto-regressive state-space models to estimate population trends and observation error from seabird colony counts” at Pacific Seabird Groups’s annual conference in La Paz, BCS, Mexico

Student Shayda Abidi, Alexander Bippus, Mihai Tomescu, Biological Sciences

Paper presented at 10th European Paleobotany-Palynology Conference in Dublin, Ireland: “Early Cretaceous anatomically-preserved Marsileaceae from California (USA) and the evolution of sporocarp morphology”

Student Kelly Matsunaga, Mihai Tomescu, Biological Sciences

Invited chapter in edited volume (“Current Advances in Fern Research”/Springer): “Reciprocal illumination and fossils provide important perspectives in plant evo-devo: examples from auxin in seed-free plants”

https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-3-319-75103-0_10

Student Kelly Pfeiler, Mihai Tomescu, Biological Sciences

Paper presented at 10th European Paleobotany-Palynology Conference in Dublin, Ireland: “Closing in on the origins of secondary growth in euphyllophytes: are the shared developmental pathways and Devonian record pointing to a single common origin?”

Student Adolfina Savoretti (visiting student from Argentina), Alexander Bippus, Mihai Tomescu (with B. Bomfleur), Biological Sciences

Invited chapter in edited volume (“Transformative Paleobotany”/Elsevier): “Why Are Bryophytes So Rare in the Fossil Record? A Spotlight on Taphonomy and Fossil Preservation”

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/B9780128130124000164

Faculty Mihai Tomescu (with G.W. Rothwell and I.H. Escapa), Biological Sciences

Peer-reviewed article in American Journal of Botany: “Tree of death: The role of fossils in resolving the overall pattern of plant phylogeny”

https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/ajb2.1138

Faculty Kerry Byrne, Environmental Science & Management

Kerry Byrne was awarded a research grant of $45,982 from the US Dept of Fish and Wildlife to study Applegat’s milkvetch.

Faculty Kerry Byrne, Environmental Science & Management

Kerry Byrne was awarded funding by the RSCA program for her research project entitled “Experimental Restoration Method for Novel Nitrogen-Enriched Plant Communities at Lanphere Dunes, Arcata, CA.”

Faculty Bill Trush, Environmental Science & Management

Bill Trush presented a talk entitled “Developing Ecological Flow Criteria for the South Fork Eel River” at the annual meeting of the California Chapter of the Society for Freshwater Science in Davis, CA on Oct 24th.

Staff Emily Cooper, Environmental Science & Management

Emily Cooper (HSU River Institute Research Scientist) presented a talk entitled “Quantifying Ecological Risk in the South Fork Eel River” at the annual meeting of the California Chapter of the Society for Freshwater Science in Davis, CA on Oct 24th.

Faculty Alison Holmes, International Studies

Alison Holmes, International Studies Program Leader, presented a conference paper at the New Diplomatic History Network conference at the Roosevelt Institute of American Studies in the Netherlands entitled ‘Nested sovereignties – networked diplomacies: UK-US business negotiating the global state’.

Week of: Oct 21, 2018

Student Angelo DiMario, Jeff Kane, Erik Jules, Forestry & Wildland Resources

Forestry student, Angelo DiMario (2018) lead authored an article in the journal Northwest Science from research conducted while he was an undergraduate student. This research characterized fuel loading around large sugar pine in the Klamath Mountains and was supported by the Research, Creative Activies, and Scholarship fund. Faculty members Jeff Kane (Forestry) and Erik Jules (Biology) were co-authors on the paper.

Student Gilbert Trejo, Brian Murphy, Melissa Collin, Josh Shindelbower, Quint Migliardi, Sam Wood, Kathleen Johnston, and Evan Dowdakin, Geography

Presented original cartographic research and design at the North American Cartographic Information Society Annual Meeting in Norfolk, VA, continuing Humboldt State’s reputation as one of the leading universities for cartography in the United States. HSU took home the prize for top student research poster, making it the 3rd consecutive year HSU has won the student competition.

Student Brian Murphy, Environmental Science & Management

Won first place in student research at the North American Cartographic Research Society Annual Conference in Norfolk, VA with his map about the growth of the Hobet coal mine in West Virginia over 40 years, illustrating how the practice of mountaintop removal and valley fills creates unmitigable impacts to nearly all aspects of the geography, from geology and hydrology, to human health and economic development.

Student Harry Liddic, Theatre, Film & Dance

Harry Liddic received a certificate of honor and 5th Place Short Screenplay in the CSU Media Arts Festival for The Battle of Tewkesbury. This script was developed in FILM 350 Writing for Film with Prof. David Scheerer. Harry is in the over 60s program at HSU.

Faculty Courtney Otto, Biological Sciences

Won the 2017/18 HSU Distinguished Faculty Award of Excellence in Teaching – Lecturer.

Faculty Robert Zoellner, Chemistry

Won the HSU Distinguished Faculty Award of Outstanding Professor. Dr. Zoellner will be giving a free lecture on Nov. 8, 2018 at 5:00pm in KBR.

https://aavp.humboldt.edu/current-faculty-award-recipients

Student Karsten Hayes, Schatz Energy Research Center

Developed an initial cost model (using Python and R) for north coast California offshore wind energy. The model includes associated storage needs, and integrates high-resolution offshore wind resource data from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory with load data for Humboldt County and California, drawn from Pacific Gas & Electric and the California Independent System Operator (CAISO).

Student Max Blasdel, Schatz Energy Research Center

Continued his ongoing work for the California Biopower Impacts Project. Max is characterizing the field decomposition of woody biomass residues left behind by forestry operations. His efforts comprise a key component of the business-as-usual case used to evaluate the net climate impacts of biomass removal for electricity generation. Max’s project research will form the basis for his master’s thesis in the Natural Resources program here at Humboldt State.

Student Sabrinna Rios Romero, Schatz Energy Research Center

Quantified decay rates for the post-harvest residues of seven agricultural crops: corn, wheat, rice, cotton, almond, walnut and grape. These decay rates will allow us to better assess the greenhouse gas (GHG) emission implications of leaving residues in field versus converting them into electricity. This fall, Sabrinna is surveying state foresters to clarify the fate of forest residues — i.e. whether they are piled, burned, or scattered in the field — information which will allow us to more accurately assess emissions following forest harvest. She has also been analyzing biomass samples using a bomb calorimeter and a thermogravimetric analyzer, to measure the performance of a gasifier system

Faculty Dr. Loren Cannon, Philosophy

Dr. Loren Cannon, Department of Philosophy, presented his paper “Trans Scapegoating” at the Conference “Thinking Trans and Trans Thinking Conference” in Washington DC, Oct 5 – 6th. The conference was part of the National Trans Philosophy Project with which Dr. Cannon has been a part. He also sat on two panel discussions.

https://www.american.edu/cas/philrel/trans/schedule-2018.cfm

Student Dylan Neely, Matthew Marshall, Dawn Blake, Wildlife

Presented posters (Dylan & Matthew) and an oral presentation (Blake) of their wildlife research at the 2018 American Indian Science & Engineering Society annual conference in Oklahoma City.

Faculty Craig Benson, Environmental Science & Management

Keynote Speaker presented “Saving Soil, Saving Culture” at AUSIECA/NZHIT Conference in Christchurch, NZ

Student Angelo DiMario, Jeffrey Kane, Erik Jules, Forestry & Wildland Resources

Angelo DiMario (2017) published a paper in Northwest Science from work he conducted as an undergraduate student that characterized fuel build-up around large sugar pines in the Klamath Mountains.

Student rroulou'sik REU and UC Davis UG Student Jade Little (with D.C Barton, S. Brinkman, and HSU MS student C. Nasr), Wildlife

Won best student poster for “Pelagic Cormorant Nesting Success and Oceanic Conditions in Northern California”, presented at American Indian Science and Engineering Society annual conference, Oklahoma City, OK

Faculty Dan Barton, Wildlife

Named a “National Academies Undergraduate Education Mentor in the Life Sciences” for work with the Northwest Summer Institutes on Scientific Teaching (2018-2019)

https://www.summerinstitutes.org/

Faculty Dan Barton, Wildlife

Presented a paper “Comparative analysis of parental effects on the evolution of developmental period length in Anseriform birds” at The Wildlife Society’s annual conference in Cleveland, Ohio

Student Adolfina Savoretti (visiting student from Argentina), Alexander Bippus, Mihai Tomescu (with D. Guido, J.L. Garcia Massini), Biological Sciences

Paper presented at 17th Simposio Argentino de Paleobotánica y Palinología, Paraná, Argentina: “Briofitas anatómicamente preservadas en el Jurásico de Santa Cruz y su relevancia en el contexto evolutivo”

97-98 in http://www.palino.com.ar/alpp/BoletinesALPP/Programa_Resumenes_ONLINE_2018.pdf

Faculty Mihai Tomescu (with G.W. Rothwell), Biological Sciences

Invited chapter in edited volume (“Evolutionary Developmental Biology – A Reference Guide”/Springer): “Structural fingerprints of development at the intersection of evolutionary developmental biology and the fossil record”

https://link.springer.com/referenceworkentry/10.1007/978-3-319-33038-9_169-1

Faculty Selin Toledo, Alexander Bippus, Mihai Tomescu, Biological Sciences

Peer-reviewed article in American Journal of Botany: “Buried deep beyond the veil of extinction: Euphyllophyte relationships at the base of the spermatophyte clade”

https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/ajb2.1102

Faculty Alexander Bippus, Mihai Tomescu (with I.H. Escapa), Biological Sciences

Peer-reviewed article in American Journal of Botany: “Wanted dead or alive (probably dead): Stem group Polytrichaceae”

https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/ajb2.1096

Student Rachael Heller, Anthropology

Rachael Heller will be presenting her research on Blizzard’s World of Warcraft this November at the American Anthropological Association annual conference in San Jose as part of a poster session the importance of undergraduate student research. Her work examines identity formation, investment, and social structure of an in-game guild. To learn more, visit any Anthropology Community event, or email her at .

Week of: Oct 14, 2018

Faculty Kerri J. Malloy, Native American Studies

Kerri J. Malloy, (CAHSS Student Learning Coordinator/Native American Studies) was appointed to the leadership team of the California Learning Communities Consortium at their LCP Coordinators’ and Leaders’ Meeting at the University of La Verne in La Verne, California on October 19, 2018. The California Learning Communities Consortium (CLCC) is the collaborative project of California 2 and 4-year colleges committed to improving the quality of student education through collaborative learning.

Faculty Susan Edinger Marshall, Forestry & Wildland Resources

Named “Range Manager of the Year” by the California-Pacific Section of the Society for Range Management. Awarded during HSU’s 50th Anniversar Celebration. Class of 1968 Alum William Lauenroth (currently at Yale University) attended the celebration as a special speaker.

Faculty Dan Barton, Wildlife

Presented an invited symposium paper “Incorporating Inclusive Pedagogy in Field Classes” at The Wildlife Society’s annual conference in Cleveland, Ohio, and was an invited expert panelist on inclusive teaching in wildlife biology

http://twsconference.org/sessions/inclusive-pedagogy-creating-inclusive-learning-environments/

Student UG Students Samuel Vassallo, Devon Michels, Alex Lewis, Evan Miller, Marcie Mathieu, MS Student Coach Andria Townsend, and faculty adviser Dan Barton, Wildlife

Won 25th International Wildlife Quiz Bowl at The Wildlife Society’s annual conference in Cleveland, Ohio, beating out 22 other teams from research universities and teaching colleges around North America. This is HSU’s 12th win of this event.
http://wildlife.org/humboldt-state-university-brings-back-quiz-bowl-champion-title/

Faculty Madelinn Schriver and Rosemary Sherriff, Geography

Madelinn Schriver (MS 2015, Forestry and Wildland Resources), Rosemary Sherriff, and US Forest Service and UC Cooperative Extension collaborators published an article on oak woodlands along a gradient of conifer encroachment in northwestern California in the journal Ecosphere. The study highlights (1) the process and severity of encroachment is consistent across the region, resulting in substantial oak habitat loss and a shift toward conifer dominance in formerly diverse woodlands of northwestern California; and (2) oak woodlands require concerted management effort to ensure their future persistence. Article weblink: https://doi.org/10.1002/ecs2.2446

Faculty Rosemary Sherriff, Geography

Micah Wright and Rosemary Sherriff published a new article on climate change impacts in forests in Southwest Alaska with National Park Service collaborators in the open-access journal Ecosphere. Results suggest that historically productive forests in Southwest Alaska are showing declines in growth under warmer conditions, with important implications for future forest conditions and productivity. Our results corroborate climate change model forecasts for the region. Article weblink: https://doi.org/10.1002/ecs2.2462

Faculty Andre Buchheister, Fisheries Biology

Andre and colleagues obtained a research grant from the Lenfest Ocean Program (a grantmaking program managed by The Pew Charitable Trusts) to study fisheries management options for an important fish species (Atlantic Menahaden) along the US East coast. Atlantic Menhaden (a fish in the herring family) supports the largest fishery on the east coast, but it is also a key prey for numerous species in the ecosystem. The study involves using an ecosystem model to evaluate the impact that Atlantic menhaden fisheries can have on the broader ecosystem, including predators like other fishes, marine mammals, and seabirds. The research grant is supporting an HSU Masters student, Max Grezlik.

Faculty Mihai Tomescu, Biological Sciences

Organized a colloquium at the national meeting of the Botanical Society of America in Rochester, Minnesota: “Fossil plants at the intersection of evo-devo and phylogeny: celebrating the contributions of Gar W. Rothwell to biodiversity and evolution”

Faculty Joshua Smith, Chemistry

Dr. Smith received a Fulbright Scholar Award and an American-Scandinavian Award to study triplet ground state Baird aromatic compounds in Uppsala, Sweden during the 2018-19 AY.

Faculty Jenny Cappuccio, campus coordinator; Nievita Bueno Watts co-coordinator, CNRS

Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation in STEM grant awarded to the CSU system wide from NSF and Chancellor’s office. HSU’s award for 2018/2019 is $40,000 primarily for student support.

Student Kelly Pfeiler, Shayda Abidi, Biological Sciences

Received travel awards from the Botanical Society of America to attend and present research at the 10th European Paleobotany-Palynology Conference in Dublin (Ireland), Aug 2018

Faculty Mihai Tomescu, Biological Sciences

Dr. Tomescu Co-edited a special issue of American Journal of Botany: “Tree of Death: The Role of Fossils in Resolving the Overall Pattern of Plant Phylogeny” (with G.W. Rothwell and I.H. Escapa). You can see the full article here: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/toc/15372197/2018/105/8

Student Club The Free Radicals, President Jessica Andersen and Emilia McCann, Advisor Jenny Cappuccio, Chemistry

Green Chemistry (4th year in a row) and Honorable Mention student chapter award for 2017-2018 AY from the American Chemical Society (ACS)

Student Anh Bui, Schatz Energy Research Center

As part of a collaboration with GE & Southern California Edison, Anh Bui developed an algorithm using Python code for estimating the tension between shifting a customer load to benefit the grid versus shifting a load to reduce their bill. Anh also helped with the installation of our new Schatz Solar Array in September.

Student Craig Mitchell, Schatz Energy Research Center

Craig provided construction observation at the Solar+ installation, tracking the canopy weight in real-time and serving as an onsite liaison between contractors and the Schatz microgrid team. As part of his observation, Craig recorded the installation’s actual daily labor and equipment requirements, to better define the needs for similar projects in the future.

Student Thalia Quinn, Ellen Thompson and Rene DeWees, Schatz Energy Research Center

These students have been developing a model to assess the current and future costs of building microgrids that integrate solar, battery storage, and fast EV charging. This model will help define which sites are good candidates for investment, and identify future research and development opportunities.

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