Achievements

Publications and achievements submitted by our faculty, staff, and students.

Student Jeffrey Kane, Alexis Bernal Forestry & Wildland Resources

Forestry Graduate Student, Alexis Bernal submitted a grant proposal to the U.S. Bureau of Land Management and was awarded a research grant of $24,460 for studying the effect of variable density thinning and burning treatments on the spatial patterns of drought-related tree mortality.

Submitted: October 4, 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.

Submitted: October 27, 2018

Faculty Dr. Hunter Harrill Forestry & Wildland Resources

Dr. Hunter Harrill was the moderator of a panel session entitled “What We Will Be Building With In The Future,” at the 112th Annual Pacific Logging Congress, held in Indian Wells, CA from November 8-10th, 2021.

Submitted: November 15, 2021

Faculty Erin Kelly Forestry & Wildland Resources

Erin Kelly, Assistant Professor in the Forestry & Wildland Resources Department, and Jonathan Kusel, Executive Director of the Sierra Institute for Community and Environment, had their article on cooperative, cross-boundary management facilitates large-scale ecosystem restoration efforts published in California Agriculture, Volume 69, Number 1, January-March 2015. This article summarizes a case study for the Burney Gardens timber harvesting plan where a cooperative, cross-boundary meadow restoration project was undertaken by private & corporate landowners in Eastern Shasta County. The Burney Gardens property is currently under consideration for donation by the Pacific Forest and Watershed Lands Stewardship Council to the University as a teaching and research working laboratory of Northern Sierra Mixed Conifer forests with a large meadow complex.

Submitted: July 21, 2015

Faculty Pascal Berrill, Christa Dagley & Yoon Kim Forestry & Wildland Resources

Yoon Kim (Mathematics), Christa Dagley & Pascal Berrill (Forestry) coauthored a peer-reviewed article in the journal Restoration Ecology: “Restoration thinning enhances growth and diversity in mixed redwood/Douglas-fir stands in northern California, USA.”

Submitted: February 9, 2018

Student Andrew Slack, Nicholas Zeibig-Kichas Forestry & Wildland Resources

Andrew Slack, a graduate student, Nicholas Zeibig-Kichas, an undergraduate student, and Dr. Jeff Kane recently published an article in Forest Ecology and Management entitled “Contingent resistance in longleaf pine (Pinus paulustris) growth and defense 10 years following smoldering fires”.

Submitted: February 10, 2016

Student 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.

Submitted: January 29, 2021

Faculty Hunter Harrill Forestry & Wildland Resources

Gave a presentation “Winch-assisted Harvesting Systems: New Opportunities for Logging in California” and moderated the panel session on “Steep Slope Logging Technology” at the Associated California Loggers (ACL) annual conference in Reno, Nevada January 15th-16th, 2020.

Submitted: February 7, 2020

Faculty Pascal Berrill, Christa Dagley Forestry & Wildland Resources

Dr. J-Pascal Berrill and Dr. Christa Dagley have received a $227,000 grant from the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, CAL FIRE to support Phase I of a collaborative “pyrosilviculture” research project between HSU, UC Berkeley, and UC Cooperative Extension. The prescribed burning fuels reduction project on Jackson Demonstration State Forest will demonstrate and compare various approaches designed to help timberland owners be proactive in reducing potential impact (severity) of future wildfires. HSU undergraduate and graduate students working on this large-scale wildfire risk mitigation project will collaborate with forestry and fire management practitioners, researchers,

Submitted: November 3, 2021

Faculty William Weinberg, Jessica Suoja, Lucy Kerhoulas, Ryan Maberry, Dave Baston, Susan Marshall Forestry & Wildland Resources

William Weinberg (Forestry & Rangeland Resources undergraduate), Jessica Suoja (Forestry & Rangeland Resources undergraduate), Lucy Kerhoulas (Forestry & Rangeland Resources), Ryan Maberry (Forestry & Rangeland Resources undergraduate), Chris Lee (California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection), Dave Baston (HSU Core Lab), and Susan Marshall ((Forestry & Rangeland Resources) published a research paper, “Phytophthora ramorum foliar infection reduces leaf-level productivity in tanoak and California bay: A pilot study from Redwood National Park,” in Madroño. This study was featured by the National Park Service as a Science Story and will be presented as a talk at the Society of American Foresters National Convention in November, 2021.

Submitted: September 23, 2021

Student FWR Students Forestry & Wildland Resources

Congratulations to our 2021 Forestry and Wildland Resources Department scholarship recipients! At the annual (Zoom) awards banquet, over $50,000 in scholarships were distributed thanks to the generosity of alumni and other donors.

A new scholarship for Soils and Botany students was created to honor Aidan Leaf Mullin, who planned to attend HSU in 2020 but passed away unexpectedly. The scholarship will support students who exemplify Aidan’s spirit and ideals.

Special congratulations to Department award winners: Cameron Miller (Professional Promise), Judson Fisher (Academic Excellence), Allyssa Glaser (Outstanding Range Student), and Dr. Aaron Hohl (Outstanding Faculty Member).

Submitted: April 27, 2021

Faculty Jeff Kane, Raul Ramirez-Barajas Forestry & Wildland Resources

Jeff Kane (Forestry and Wildland Resources) published an article entitled “Litter trait driven dampening of flammability following deciduous forest community shifts in eastern North America” in the journal of Forest Ecology and Management with undergraduate student Raul Barajas-Ramirez (Botany), Jesse Kreye (2008; Penn State University), and Morgan Varner (Tall Timbers Research Station).

Submitted: March 18, 2021

Student Caroline Martorano, Jeff Kane Forestry & Wildland Resources

Caroline Martorano (2020) published a paper entitled “Long-term fuel and understory vegetation response to fuel treatments in oak and chaparral stands of northern California” in the journal Applied Vegetation Science with Jeff Kane (Forestry and Wildland Resources), Eamon Engber (2010; National Park Service) and Jen Gibson (National Park Service).

Submitted: March 18, 2021

Student Andrew Slack and Jeff Kane Forestry & Wildland Resources

Andrew Slack (2016) published a paper entitled “Large sugar pine mortality models informed by growth, defense, and competition in a fire-excluded forest of the central Sierra Nevada” in the journal Trees: Structure and Function with co-authors Jeff Kane (Forestry and Wildland Resources) and Eric Knapp (USDA Forest Service).

Submitted: March 18, 2021

Student 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.

Submitted: January 19, 2021

Faculty Susan Edinger Marshall Forestry & Wildland Resources

“Undergraduate Soil Science Training in the USA,” was recently published in the Soil Science Society of America Journal. Co-author Susan Edinger Marshall discovered that Humboldt State University is among only four universities in California (and 15 in the eleven Western States) that offer sufficient coursework for graduates to qualify as federal Soil Scientists CSA (Crop Soil Agronomy) News featured this article in their December 2020 issue. Free access is available at: https://acsess.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/epdf/10.1002/saj2.20140

Submitted: December 17, 2020

Faculty Dr. Hunter Harrill Forestry & Wildland Resources

Was featured in a two part podcast “Talking Timber” by the Pacific Logging Congress, about his experiences in the forest industry and teaching at Humboldt State University.

Part 1:
https://www.pacificloggingcongress.org/podcast/episode/381c8114/dr-hunter-harrill-assistant-professor-of-forest-operations-at-humboldt-state-university

Part 2:
https://www.pacificloggingcongress.org/podcast/episode/34e7de73/dr-hunter-harrill-assistant-professor-of-forest-operations-at-humboldt-state-university-part-2

Submitted: August 26, 2020

Faculty Dr. Hunter Harrill Forestry & Wildland Resources

Gave an invited presentation to the U.S. Forest Service, Six River’s National Forest, Forest Leadership Team (FLT) Meeting, on May 18th titled: “An Introduction to Tethered Harvesting Systems.”

Submitted: May 26, 2020

Faculty Erin Kelly & student Forestry & Wildland Resources

Published “Socioeconomic Benefits of a Restoration Economy in Mattole River Watershed, USA”. Society and Natural Resources (currently online – issue forthcoming).

https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/08941920.2020.1718815

Submitted: March 5, 2020

Faculty Lucy Kerhoulas & Rosemary Sherriff Forestry & Wildland Resources

Kerhoulas and Sherriff were awarded $75,000 from USDA McIntire-Stennis for their proposal “Tree mortality and regeneration across competitive and geographic gradients in Northern California.”

Submitted: March 5, 2020