Latest Achievements

Updates about the latest accomplishments—including latest research, publications, and awards—by students, faculty, and staff

March, 2021

Gwynnevere Cristobel, Sammi Pietanza, and Destiny Aguilera, Theatre, Film & Dance

Feb. 17-20 eighteen theatre majors attended the virtual Kennedy Center American Theatre Festival. Gwynnevere won the regional Aspire award and will represent Region 7 in Washington DC. Sammi won a scholarship to CSU Summer Arts to study with Second City improv, and Destiny won a one week scholarship to the Stagecraft Institute of Lighting in Las Vegas. Congratulations students!

Sing C. Chew, Sociology

Sing C. Chew, Professor Emeritus, recently published a new monograph: Ecology, Artificial Intelligence, and Virtual Reality (Life in the Digital Ages). Rowman and Littlefield Publishers. 2021.

February, 2021

Jasper Oshun, Margaret Lang, Geology

Jasper Oshun and Margaret Lang published an article in the February issue of AAPG Explorer. The article, which details the positive and lasting impacts of their 'Bonanza en los Andes' project to HSU students, the community of Zurite, and hydrogeologic science was featured on the cover. A link to a pdf of the issue is below:

Jason Laugesen, Anthropology

Jason Laugesen has been selected as an awardee for the 2021 CSU Student Research Competition. Jason is an anthropology major with a focus on Mesoamerican archaeology. He is a research assistant at the Geospatial Archaeology Research Center and at the Cultural Resources Facility at HSU. For the past year and a half, Jason has been working under the direction of Dr. Cortes-Rincon on the Belize Archaeology Project. He uses ArcGIS to make maps of the ancient Maya structures and any other cultural features such as roads, quarries, and hydrology. The competition will be held virtually on April 30th.

Peter Goetz, Andrew Conner, Mathematics

Published the article "Classification, Koszulity and Artin-Schelter regularity of certain graded twisted tensor products" in the Journal of Noncommutative Geometry, DOI: 10.4171/JNCG/395

Catalina Cuellar-Gempeler, Biological Sciences

Catalina Cuellar-Gempeler earned the NSF Career award, one of the most prestigious awards offered by NSF.

Karley Rojas, Biological Sciences

Undergraduate Karley Rojas (Botany) has received a science fellowship from the Agricultural Research Institute for their proposed study of native plants that have the potential to be utilized in the context of agroecosystem building as consistent with regional TEK. They will be working with their mentors Dr.Buddhika Madurapperuma and Craig Benson.

Cianna Balderama, Daisy Montalvo, Ashley Tran, Ana Sammel, Emma Villegas, Bridget Opperman, Makani Bright, Hunter Kahn, Soeon Park, Tanner Hooven,  Kevin Chung, Diego Rodriguez Moreno , Mathematics

Twelve CNRS students competed in the international Mathematical Contest in Modeling-- an annual four day intensive competition. Teams of 3 worked intensely to apply mathematics to a real world problem. Students worked on mathematical models applied to competing populations of fungi, musical influence, and optimizing our nation's delivery of higher education. The contest happened virtually due to the pandemic.

Rebecca Robertson, Anthropology

Rebecca Robertson (Anthropology faculty) recently published a paper, Empirical and Practical Implications for Documenting Early Racial Transfer Gaps in New Directions for Community Colleges:Transfer Partnerships for More Equitable Outcomes). This research used a nationally representative sample of students drawn from the Beginning Post-secondary Students Longitudinal Study (BPS:12/14) to quantitatively examine inequities in early transfer among racial/ethnic groups.

Chris Aberson, Psychology

Chris Aberson of the Department of Psychology recently received the Western Psychological Association’s Outstanding Teaching Award for 2021. The Western Psychological Association is the oldest and largest division of the American Psychological Association. The society hosts an annual conference that draws 4,000 attendees a year.

Sarah Aguiar (ESM undergraduate) and Kerry Byrne (ESM Assistant Professor), Environmental Science & Management

Undergraduate Sarah Aguiar (ESM) received a $6,400 science fellowship from the Agricultural Research Institute for her proposed study to track phenology of California poppies from different parts of California and Baja California. She will be working with mentor Dr. Kerry Byrne (ESM) on the project.

January, 2021

Xerónimo Castañeda, Allison Huysman, Matthew D Johnson, Wildlife

Former graduate students Xerónimo Castañeda, Allison Huysman, and their advisor Matt Johnson published a paper in Ornithological Applications entitled, "Barn Owls select uncultivated habitats for hunting in a winegrape growing region of California."

Sophia Lemmo, Forestry & Wildland Resources

Sophia Lemmo (Forestry graduate student advised by Lucy Kerhoulas and Rosemary Sherriff) gave an invited talk about the post-drought demographics of select true fir species in northern California at the Annual Meeting of the California Pest Council.

Lucy Kerhoulas, David Hammons, and Nick Kerhoulas, Forestry, Wildlife

Lucy Kerhoulas (Forestry faculty), David Hammons (forestry undergraduate student), and Nick Kerhoulas (Wildlife faculty) published a paper in Northwest Science investigating bigleaf maple within-crown leaf morphology and seasonal physiology.

Lucy Kerhoulas, William Weinberg, Jessica Suoja, Ryan Maberry, Chris Lee, Dave Baston, and Susan Marshall, Multiple

A study by Lucy Kerhoulas (Forestry and Wildland Resources faculty), William Weinberg (FWR undergraduate student), Jessica Suoja (FWR undergraduate student), Ryan Maberry (FWR undergraduate student), Chris Lee (Cal Fire Forest Health Specialist), Dave Baston (Core Lab), and Susan Marshall (FWR faculty) was written up by the National Park Service for "Stories of Science": This work investigated the physiological effects of Phytophthora ramorum leaf infections on understory hardwoods in Redwood National Park and is being published in Madroño (in press).

Sophia Lemmo, Forestry & Wildland Resources

Sophia Lemmo (Forestry graduate student advised by Lucy Kerhoulas and Rosemary Sherriff) was awarded a Student Fellowship of $10,800 from the CSU Agricultural Research Institute for her M.S. investigation of forest mortality and regeneration in northern California.

Lucy Kerhoulas, Wade Polda, Nick Kerhoulas, and Pascal Berrill, Forestry, Biology, Wildlife

Lucy Kerhoulas (Forestry faculty), Wade Polda (Biology undergraduate student), Nick Kerhoulas (Wildlife faculty), and Pascal Berrill (Forestry faculty) published a "research":… paper in Frontiers in Forests and Global Change on how management can influence conifer seedling physiology, growth, and survival.

Phil van Mantgem, Lucy Kerhoulas, Rosemary Sherriff, and Zach Wenderott, Forestry, Geography

Phil van Mantgem (USGS researcher), Lucy Kerhoulas (Forestry faculty), Rosemary Sherriff (Geography faculty), and Zach Wenderott (Forestry graduate student) published a "review paper":… in Frontiers in Forests and Global Change on how tree-rings can be used to verify that management can moderate forest drought responses.

Jasper Oshun, Margaret Lang, Wyeth Wunderlich, Geology

Thanks to Will Goldenberg and SPF for putting together a great video highlighting our water development work in Perú: Thanks to Jazmin Sandoval and Nathalie Rivera (Film), Yojana Miraya (Env. & Com.), and Laurel Smith (ERE) for collecting footage.

Alison O'Dowd, Environmental Science & Management

ESM professor Alison O'Dowd recently published a chapter "Urbanizing River Channels" in the Treatise on Geomorphology (2020).

Hilary Cosby and Micaela Szykman Gunther, Wildlife

Former graduate student Hilary Cosby had her thesis research published in the Journal of Mammalogy, co-authored with mentor Dr. Micaela Szykman Gunther in the Department of Wildlife. The paper is entitled: "Variation in diet of river otters by season and aquatic community."

Chelsea Teale and Joice Chang, Geography

The co-authored paper “Fabaceae (legume) pollen as an anthropogenic indicator in eastern North America” was recently published in the journal Vegetation History and Archaeobotany. Dr. Teale’s background in historical ecology and Dr. Chang’s expertise in data analysis allowed the combination of historical records and pollen records to assess whether legumes (such as clover) reflect European settlement. Preview the article at

Dr. Chelsea Teale, Geography

Dr. Chelsea Teale was recently elected Treasurer of the Society of Woman Geographers. SWG was formed in 1925 as a response to the all-male Explorers Club, and financially supports women in many fields with fellowships, grants, and programming.

Zachary Erickson, Kevin Boston, Pascal Berrill, Forestry & Wildland Resources

Zachary Erickson, Kevin Boston, Pascal Berrill (Forestry & Wildland Resources, CNRS) were awarded an Intertribal Timber Council, Native American Natural Resource Research Scholarship for Zachary's forestry MS thesis research into defining stewardship goals of native people, with case study example of the Wiyot tribe and HSU's Goukd'in (Jacoby Creek) Forest: “Identifying forest management objectives of the Wiyot”. $4,200.

Suzanne Pasztor, History

Published two articles in the Volume 74 of the Handbook of Latin American Studies, published by the Hispanic Division of the Library of Congress and University of Texas Press. Pasztor has been an author and contributing editor of the Handbook, and a consultant for the Hispanic Division, since 1994.