Staff Dr. Kimberly Vincent-Layton, EducationDr. Kimberly Vincent-Layton, Megan Eberhardt-Alstot, and Dr. Brett Christie (Alchemy) presented a workshop on Realizing and Applying Agreements for Self-Care in Academe at the Online Learning Consortium (OLC) Accelerate Conference in Washington, DC on October 25, 2023. The capacity to construct a caring learning environment begins with educator well-being. The educational climate continues to be one of uncertainty–with educators at the center–meeting the needs of students, institutions, and non-professional responsibilities. This session is based on the Toltec's Four-Agreements and Warm Demander Pedagogy to reaffirm educators in what makes them joyful as professionals. OLC Blog Post
Staff Michele Miyamoto, M.A. Ed; Dr. Jessica Citti, and Arianna Thobaben, M. Ed., Learning CenterThe Learning Center has been awarded recertification as a Level I certified tutor training program by the internationally recognized College Reading and Learning Association (CRLA) by successfully completing the International Tutor Training Program Certification (ITTPC) peer review process. Achieving certification means that the Cal Poly Humboldt Learning Center has met CRLA’s high standards for tutor selection, training, direct service, and evaluation as an integral part of their overall tutoring and writing assistance programs. Since 1999, 379 instructional student assistants have earned tutor certification through the center.
Faculty Shay Konradsdottir, Rouhollah Aghasaleh , EducationShay Konradsdottir (student- Computer Science and Molecular Biology) and Rouhollah Aghasaleh (faculty- Education) presented a paper, Rural Education's Impact on Children's Perceptions of Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence in Public Services, at the Society for Social Studies of Science (4S) conference.
Faculty Rouhollah Aghasaleh, Amy Sprowles, Corrina Wells, EducationRouhollah Aghasaleh (Education), Amy Sprowles (Biological Sciences), and Corrina Wells (DHSI) presented a study, “Indigenizing First-Year College Experience Through Place-Based STEM Disciplines”, that focused on indigenous scientific knowledge integration in Place-Based Learning Communities at the Society for Social Studies of Science (4S) Conference. Some of the goals of the study:
- Understand students' evolving perceptions of indigenous scientific knowledge.
- Examine challenges and solutions for knowledge synthesis.
- Inform curriculum development for inclusivity.
- Develop institutional recommendations for support.
Staff Dawn Arledge, California Center for Rural PolicyDawn Arledge received funding from the Sierra Business Council to develop a public health report for the Community Economic Resilience Fund (CERF) Eastern Sierra Region, encompassing Alpine, Amador, Calaveras, Inyo, Mariposa, Mono, and Tuolumne counties. CERF is a state-wide initiative promoting a sustainable and equitable economic recovery from COVID. The report will explore health outcomes throughout the region, including an analysis of health disparities. It will also investigate potential links between economic and environmental conditions, and causes of disease and mortality. Findings will inform targeted investments for improving the region’s health equity and outcomes.
Student Valerie Keody, Cristina Portillo, Olivia Ortiz, and Darlene Alexis Villalobos Cazares, Humboldt McNair ScholarsFour McNair Scholars were selected to present their research at the NDiSTEM Conference through poster presentations including Valerie Keody, Cristina Portillo, Olivia Ortiz, and Darlene Alexis Villalobos Cazares. Two won first place in their subject areas: Olivia Ortiz in Psychology and Darlene Alexis Villalobos Cazares in Life Sciences, Animal Sciences/Zoology. The NDiSTEM Conference, managed by the Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics & Native Americans in Science (SACNAS), was all-inclusive with learning opportunities offered through many cultural lenses. Approximately 6,500 attendees networked with graduate school, corporate, and governmental recruiters.
Student Andrew Olson, Danyelle Allen, Lukas Faulder, MusicCongratulations to the Music Department Concerto Competition Winners: Andrew Olson, piano, Competion winner; Danyelle Allen, baritone saxophone, Runner-up; Lukas Faulder, alto saxophone, Instrumental category winner. During the Spring semester, Andrew Olson will perform Haydn's D Major Piano Concerto with the Humboldt Symphony.
Staff AJ Bealum, Cyril Oberlander, LibraryAJ Bealum, Programmer & Project Manager, and Cyril Oberlander, Library Dean presented the innovative 3D Digital Herbarium project at the Access 2023 Conference in Halifax, Nova Scotia on October 24, 2023. The 3D Digital Herbarium is a Cal Poly Humboldt Library project focusing on transforming how we learn Botany, or any discipline, transitioning from 2D online galleries to an immersive 3D Digital Exhibit. This open pedagogy software development will celebrate a Version 1 launch this January. Check out the progress so far at: 3DHerbarium.org
Faculty Humnath Panta, BusinessDr. Humnath Panta's recent research, "Ex‐military CEOs and readability of financial reports," published in the Journal of Business Finance & Accounting, ABDC A* rated journal, reveals that firms led by ex-military CEOs issue more precise 10-K reports. Highlighting the value of transparent communication, the research indicates that such CEOs' military backgrounds contribute to straightforward reporting and diminish the obscuring of negative information. This pioneering work sheds light on the influence of a CEO's military experience on financial transparency and offers a behavioral rationale for the improved readability of corporate financial disclosures.
Staff Alex Harper, Marine LaboratoryDr. Alex Harper received a $60,000 grant to support research that will enhance climate change and extreme weather resilience along the North Coast. The project involves collaboration with local fishing associations, tribes, shellfish growers, and regional experts to enhance information sharing. It will also utilize existing partnerships between California Sea Grant, California Ocean Observing Systems (Central & Northern (CeNCOOS); Southern California Coastal (SCCOOS)), and local communities to co-develop climate solutions, such as curated data dashboards and capacity development opportunities, to safeguard resource dependent economies, and support sustainable ocean use.
Faculty C.D. Hoyle, Physics & AstronomyThe LAG (Liquid-Actuated Gravity) Collaboration that includes Dr. C.D. Hoyle recently published work in the journal Review of Scientific Instruments titled "Measurement of gravitational and thermal effects in a liquid-actuated torsion pendulum." The work discusses measurements taken to test and characterize a novel system for making precision tests of gravity at short distance scales. In addition to Cal Poly Humboldt contributions, the collaboration includes researchers from the University of Naples and University of Rome Tor Vergata, as well as the Italian INFN (Instituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare). The article can be found here: https://doi.org/10.1063/5.0162604
Faculty David Adams, Melissa Bittner, Lisa Silliman-French, & Barry Lavay, School of Applied HealthDavid Adams, Melissa Bittner (CSU Long Beach), Lisa Silliman-French (Texas Woman's University), and Barry Lavay (CSU Long Beach) published an article titled "Implementing Action Research in Physical Education: A Guide for Physical Educators in the Journal of Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance.
Faculty Alison Holmes, PoliticsBased on her career trajectory both prior to, and since arriving in, academe, Prof Alison Holmes (PSCI) was invited to offer a piece for the “Learning the Scholar’s Craft” series on the ‘Robert Jervis International Security Studies Forum’ of H-Diplo. Joining scholars of international relations, politics and history that range from Charles Maier and John Lewis Gaddis to Cynthia Enloe and Ann Tickner, the invitation was extended to Holmes as the Forum seeks to offer more “success stories” to their younger/female grad student and early career readers that explore the breadth of pathways taken by women in the field: https://issforum.org/category/essays/formation-essay
Faculty Frank DeMatteo, PsychologyDr. Frank DeMatteo, School Psychology Program Coordinator, received $2 million in Grant Funding (two grants). Over the next five years these grants, in partnership with the Northern Humboldt Union High School District, will be used to increase the number of mental health practitioners in disadvantaged school districts. They will also support the professional development of students and their field-based supervisors. Three students from the first-year School Psychology cohort were awarded $15,000 for the next two years. Four students from the second-year cohort, received $10,000 to support the completion of their 540 hours of school-based practicum for the 2023-2024 Academic year.
Faculty Prof. C.D. Hoyle, Physics & AstronomyDr. C.D. Hoyle is a co-author of a new publication that discusses the results of a 15-year campaign to map the moon’s orbit at the millimeter level. Such measurements can be used to test the validity of General Relativity and test theories that predict new physics. https://doi.org/10.1088/1538-3873/aceb2f
Faculty Jill Anderson and David Adams, School of Applied HealthDrs. Jill Anderson and David Adams received a $1.2 million Department of Education grant to implement a teacher preparation program designed to increase the number of California educators fully qualified to serve children with disabilities who have high intensity needs. The project is in direct response to the state’s growing demand for fully credentialed special education, early intervention, and related services personnel. The program will recruit diverse student cohorts to complete a teaching credential in either Special Education or Physical Education, and complete an MS in Kinesiology to obtain an Adapted Physical Education added authorization.
Faculty Maxwell Schnurer and Steve Ladwig , CommunicationDr. Maxwell Schnurer and Steve Ladwig received a US Department. of Justice grant to support a collaborative program between Cal Poly Humboldt and College of the Redwoods offering a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in Communication at Pelican Bay State Prison. This will be the first B.A. program in the US offered at a level-four, maximum security prison and in person. Partnering with Project Rebound and the Advising and Academic Career Center, the program will also provide re-entry support and post-degree employment preparation. This work will strengthen post-release career opportunities for incarcerated students, while reducing recidivism and enhancing community safety.
Faculty Kamila Larripa, MathematicsKamila Larripa and collaborators published an article in the Journal of Theoretical Biology entitled Macrophage phenotype transitions in a stochastic gene-regulatory network model. The study classifies cell phenotypes using a spectral clustering algorithm and quantifies transitions between phenotypes using transition path theory.
Faculty Joshua Meisel and Daniel Bear, SociologyJoshua Meisel co-authored with Daniel Bear (Humber College) "A tale of two cannabis legalization experiments" for Policy Options in commemoration of the 5th anniversary of cannabis legalization in Canada. https://policyoptions.irpp.org/magazines/october-2023/cannabis-canada-c…
Faculty Joshua Meisel, Amanda Reiman, Rielle Capler, and Darcey Paulding McCready, SociologyJoshua Meisel co-authored an article on "Medical Cannabis Identity and Public Health Paternalism" with Amanda Reiman, Rielle Capler, and Darcey Paulding McCready in the June issue of Public Health in Practice. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.puhip.2023.100372
Faculty Joshua Meisel, Dominic Corva, and Ara Pachmayer, SociologyJoshua Meisel co-authored with Dominic Corva and Ara Pachmayer "Cannabis, Communities, and Place: (Re)constructing Humboldt's Post-Prohibition Present" in the 2023 issue of the Humboldt Journal of Social Relations. https://digitalcommons.humboldt.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1218&co…
Faculty William Wood, ChemistryEmeritus Chemistry Professor William Wood recently published an article in the Austrian Academy of Sciences journal Biosystematics and Ecology on the oyster-like odor of the plant, Mertensia maritima. This plant has a circumboreal oceanic distribution where it grows just above the high-tide mark, most often on exposed maritime shingle bars. Because of the smell of crushed plant leaves, it is called the oyster plant in Britain and Ireland, and oyster leaf in North America. Wood collected this plant in Homer, Alaska and is the first person to identify the chemical that gives this plant its common names.
Faculty Frank Fogarty, WildlifeDr. Frank Fogarty received funding to study how retained patches of trees in timber harvests effect bird communities in managed forests of the Pacific Northwest. Regulations in Oregon and Washington prescribe a minimum number of standing trees that must be retained by timber harvest operations, in part to enhance the biodiversity value of harvested lands. Dr. Fogarty will work with a graduate student to experimentally compare a variety of spatial retention arrangements, with the goal of demonstrating which retention strategies maximize avian diversity post-harvest. Funding comes from the National Council for Air and Stream Improvement.
Faculty Alison Holmes, PoliticsDr. Alison Holmes (Politics) was invited to co-lead the 'Pay it Forward' program at the International Studies Association (ISA)-West Conference in Pasadena. Designed to support female-identifying graduate students and new faculty by pairing mentors with mentees by research area and intended career plans, Holmes first participated in this program at the national level in 2016 and then helped establish the program at regional level through ISA-West. Holmes also presented on a panel discussing California's changing role in the world and promoted csuglobal, the new online journal of which she is the inaugural Managing Editor.
Faculty Humnath Panta, Arun Narayanasamy, Ayush Panta, BusinessDr. Humnath Panta, Associate Professor of Finance at School Business, recently published an article entitled "Organizational capital and credit ratings" in Finance Research Letters, an A-level ABDC journal. The study investigates organizational capital's impact on credit ratings using pooled OLS and US firm data from 1989 to 2017. Results indicate that companies with greater organizational capital achieve higher credit ratings. This conclusion withstands various robustness checks, estimation methods, and addressing potential biases. Notably, the positive correlation is especially pronounced for financially constrained firms. Overall, the research's findings reveal the importance of organizational capital in the credit ratings of a firm.
Faculty Paul Michael L. Atienza, Critical Race, Gender & Sexuality StudiesDr. Paul Michael L. Atienza was one of six experts invited to "Swipe Rights" Book Workshop at the University of Michigan in mid-September. The transdisciplinary group of digital media specialists from academia, the non-profit sector, and tech industries assisted Dr. Apryl Williams, assistant professor in the Department of Communications in developing a public-facing resource to accompany her forthcoming book, Not My Type: Automating Sexual Racism in Online Dating available February 2024 through Stanford Press (https://www.sup.org/books/title/?id=33064).
Faculty Margaret Lang, Environmental Resources EngineeringDr. Margaret Lang received funding from the National Park Service to assess the condition of culverts (tunnel structures under roadways that provide cross drainage) throughout Redwood National Park. Many of the park’s culverts have not been properly assessed in over 40 years, and may be acting as passage barriers to federally threatened coho and chinook salmon, and steelhead trout. The project will provide the park with site survey data and a culvert replacement priority list, contributing to the preservation and enhancement of the park’s natural and cultural resources. Cal Poly Humboldt students will assist in conducting the assessments.
Faculty Steve Martin, Environmental Science & ManagementThe U.S. Secretary of the Interior has appointed Prof. Steve Martin to the Bureau of Land Management's Resource Advisory Council for Northern California. The Council provides advice to the federal agency regarding the management of public land resources.
Faculty Rouhollah Aghasaleh, EducationDr. Aghasaleh's commentary Whose Science is of the Most Worth? Making a Case for Problem Posing Instead of Problem Solving was published as a chapter in Navigating Elementary Science Teaching and Learning: Cases of Classroom Practices and Dilemmas (Part of the book series: Springer Texts in Education) edited by Sophia Jeong, Lynn A. Bryan, Deborah J. Tippins, Chelsea M. Sexton. This book includes cases that feature dilemmas embedded in rich narrative stories that characterize the lives of science teachers, and by extension, their students. The case-based pedagogy serves as a tool for discussion, critique, and research practice.
Faculty Jill Anderson, David Adams, Chris Hopper, School of Applied HealthThe Adapted Physical Education Program led by Jill Anderson, David Adams, and Chris Hopper received federal funding (1.2m) from the U.S. Department of Education for a teacher preparation program. Funding for this Teacher Preparation Program will allow students to complete a Special Education Credential or a Secondary Credential in Physical Education, along with an Added Authorization to teach Adapted Physical Education, and a Masters degree in Kinesiology or Education. All students will be funded for a total of 2 years. Interested students should contact David Adams (Dha13@humboldt.edu) and Jill Anderson (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Faculty Libbi Miller, Kimberly Coy, EducationLibbi Miller (Education) along with Kimberly Coy of Fresno State University (Literacy, Bilingual and Special Education) published the article Co-Teaching in a Digital World in the Journal of Education Technology Systems.
Faculty Libbi Miller, Heather Ballinger, Ryder Dschida, Jack Barreillis, EducationDrs. Libbi Miller and Heather Ballinger (Education) along with Ryder Dschida (History) and Jack Barreillis (Northern Humboldt Union High School District) received the US Department of Education American History and Civics Grant ($2.4M). In this project, Cal Poly Humboldt and TK-12 school partners will serve a three year cohort of 50 California educators from Humboldt, Del Norte and San Diego Counties and 10 teacher candidates per year by providing training and support to implement evidence-based approaches that encourage innovative history and civics education.
Faculty Brian Tissot, Sean Craig, Biological SciencesDrs. Brian Tissot and Sean Craig received funding to continue ongoing monitoring research in Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) along the California coastline. MPAs are regions designated and managed for the long-term conservation of marine resources, ecosystems services, or cultural heritage. Specifically, he and his team are looking at underwater kelp forests, collecting ecological and environmental data that will inform the evaluation and adaptive management of California’s network of MPAs. The project includes collaborators from UC Santa Cruz, UC Santa Barbara, and Occidental College. Funding comes as a subaward from UC Santa Cruz, with the primary funder being California Sea Grant.
Faculty Dr. Sara K Sterner, EducationSara K. Sterner (Education) recently published a chapter entitled Chasing lines of flight: Using post-intentional phenomenology for educational research in J. DeHart (Ed.), Phenomenological Studies in Education (pp. 1-21). IGI Global. https://doi.org/10.4018/978-1-6684-8276-6.ch001.
Faculty Dr. Sara K Sterner, EducationDr. Sara K. Sterner (Education) and her colleagues, Dr. Megan M. Van Deventer (Weber State University) and Laura Lemanski, ABD (University of Minnesota, MCAD) recently published a chapter entitled Teaching guide: Children’s literature resource file for teaching Children’s Literature to undergraduates in Smith, P., Devi, G., & S. Weaver, S. (Eds.), Teaching Equity through Children's Literature. Routledge.
Faculty Alison Holmes, PoliticsProfessor Alison Holmes (PSCI) has been awarded a 'Love Of Learning' scholarship from the honor society, Phi Kappa Phi. Designed to help students pursue continuing education opportunities, Holmes will be using the grant towards her tuition at Montana State University where she is continuing her work on a Graduate Certificate in Native American Studies that she expects to complete in May 2024.
Staff Nino Dzotsenidze, California Center for Rural PolicyDr. Nino Dzotsenidze (Research Analyst, California Center for Rural Policy) co-authored an article titled, “Anti-Asian Racism during COVID-19: Emotional Challenges, Coping, and Implications for Asian American History Teaching,” that was recently published in Education Sciences. The article explores the emotional and behavioral effects of anti-Asian racism on Asian and Asian American individuals and communities in the United States. The study illustrates the crucial role of amplifying Asian and Asian American voices in the school curriculum in combating anti-Asian racism beyond the pandemic. Full article at the link: https://www.mdpi.com/2227-7102/13/9/903
Faculty Troy Lescher, Evan Pierce, Dance, Music & TheatreDr. Troy Lescher and student Evan Pierce recently published the “Doctoral Projects in Progress in Theatre Arts, 2023” report for the Association of Theatre in Higher Education [ATHE].
Faculty Paul Michael Leonardo Atienza, Critical Race, Gender & Sexuality StudiesDr. Paul Michael L. Atienza gave the keynote address at the First Summer Fellowship Program (FSFP) for incoming Cal State University Mellon Mays Undergraduate fellows (MMUF) earlier in the summer. The MMUF program is a Mellon Foundation-funded two-year fellowship program designed to address the problem of underrepresentation in the academy at the professoriate level in the humanities and humanistic social sciences. The multi-day program provided the nuts and bolts of undergraduate research in the humanities and social sciences and what to expect in graduate school. Dr. Atienza spoke about their path to the professoriate, and their interdisciplinary research.
Staff Dr. Maria Gonzalez , University AdvancementDr. Maria Gonzalez, Higher Educational Initiatives, received a grant from the US Department of Education Title V DHSI project entitled: Caminar Juntos (Walking Together), a project that will increase retention and graduation for Hispanic, low income and other underserved students. The project will support Hispanic, low-income, and other underserved students as they develop a sense of belonging through academic support services and social integration efforts. The project will reduce retention and graduation gaps for students at Cal Poly Humboldt and transfer students from College of the Redwoods.
Faculty Laura Levy, Rosemary Sherriff,Laura Levy (Geology) and Rosemary Sherriff (Geography) were awarded an NSF grant "Collaborative Research: RUI: Glacier resilience during the Holocene and late Pleistocene in northern California" for $742,040. It is an interdisciplinary research project with co-PIs Dick Heermance (CSU Northridge) and Andrew Malone (University of Illinois, Chicago). The aim is to reconstruct the glacier and climate fluctuations since the last ice age in the Trinity Alps- a region that is climatologically unique in northern California.
Faculty Kerry Byrne, Environmental Science & ManagementDr. Kerry Byrne (Associate Professor, Environmental Science and Management) was awarded a sabbatical research grant from Western SARE (Sustainable Agriculture, Research, and Education) to work with collaborator Dr. Kelly Hopping at Boise State University on a project entitled "Seeds underhoof: can the soil seed bank facilitate restoration of sheep-grazed, cheatgrass-invaded rangelands?" Details of the award can be found here: https://projects.sare.org/sare_project/sw23-944/
Faculty Lucy Kerhoulas, Rosemary Sherriff, Kerry Byrne, GeographyLucy Kerhoulas (Forestry), Rosemary Sherriff (Geography), and Kerry Byrne (ESM) were recently awarded funds from PG&E to evaluate tree failure and environmental conditions along PG&E infrastructure throughout five counties in northwestern California. The project involves both undergraduate and graduate students during the summer and academic year for 3 years.
Faculty Lucy Kerhoulas, Rosemary Sherriff, Erik Jules, Forestry, Fire & Rangeland ManagementLucy Kerhoulas (Forestry), Rosemary Sherriff (Geography), Erik Jules (Biology) are co-leading a new project to map the vegetation of the Klamath ecoregion along with undergraduate and graduate students, and collaborators from the California Native Plant Society and Michael Kauffmann (alum; Backcountry Press). The project involves sampling ~ 1600 locations across the 3-year project.
Faculty Justin Luong, Forestry, Fire & Rangeland ManagementDr. Justin Luong received a $520,000 grant to study how managed cattle grazing can provide benefits for wetland plant and animal communities at the Willits Bypass in Mendocino County. Managed grazing is a powerful tool for land management and has the potential to bolster biodiversity and carbon storage. Dr. Luong will work with local land agencies to assess how grazing exclusion affects special status plant species, overall plant communities, biodiversity, and soil carbon storage through traditional field study methods and aerial imagery. Collaborators include Drs. Sharon Kahara and Buddhika Madurapperuma. Funding comes from the California Bountiful Foundation.
Faculty Professor Alison Holmes, PoliticsIn an effort to support equity and inclusion for young faculty and international colleagues who may struggle with financial constraints or government/travel restrictions, the International Studies Association has piloted an all-virtual conference as a permanent feature of their calendar. In August, Professor Alison Holmes (Politics) presented her paper "Subnational Diplomacy - Sovereignty at the Crossroads" on a panel that included colleagues 'live on zoom' from China, Germany, The Netherlands, Czechia, the UK and Canada. Unlike the traditional conference format and capitalizing on the new modality, all the panels were recorded and will be available to the entire ISA membership.
Faculty Robert W. Zoellner, Tara S. Caso, ChemistryProfessor Emeritus Robert W. Zoellner and his former student, Tara S. Caso, have published their third peer-reviewed article, together, entitled "The DFT computational investigation of the β-sila-α-amino acids and their β-permethylsila-analogs: Silicon-containing amino acids as a viable foundation for silicon-based life”: T. S. Caso, R. W. Zoellner, Journal of Undergraduate Chemistry Research 2023, 22, 47–61.
Faculty Meenal Rana, Beth Phelps, Lonny Grafman, Environmental Resources EngineeringMeenal Rana, with co-authors, Beth Phelps and Lonny Grafman, has received the SSSP Best Paper Award in Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation for the paper, “Youth-Adult Partnership in Social Entrepreneurship and Community Engagement: A Case Study of Daula Village in India.” at the Society's annual conference in Philadelphia (Aug 18-20). The works adds to the literature by demonstrating ways the youth-adult partnerships can benefit the communities in their social entrepreneurship goals. The data comes from the "Rural Youth Volunteers in India", an international experiential learning project, in which Humboldt and Indian students and faculty worked for 11-weeks in two rural communities.
Faculty Kamila Larripa, MathematicsKamila Larripa was selected to participate in the Institute for Pure and Applied Mathematics collaborative research workshop in data science. She worked on tensor decomposition methods for machine learning.
Faculty Jeff Kane, Forestry, Fire & Rangeland ManagementDr. Jeff Kane received a grant to support restoration efforts for a rare tree species in the Plumas National Forest, the Baker Cypress, whose population was extirpated by the 2021 Dixie Fire. Currently, there are only 11 known Baker cypress populations worldwide. Under the project, Cal Poly Humboldt faculty and students will work towards re-establishing this population, collecting cones from the remaining mature stands of Baker cypress in northern California and southern Oregon. Additionally, students and faculty will be engaged with relevant research projects that can inform and improve gene conservation and restoration efforts for Baker Cypress.