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

Faculty Jeff Kane Forestry & Wildland Resources

Coauthored a paper in Nature Communications entitled “Low growth resilience to drought is related to future mortality risk in trees”

Submitted: February 25, 2020

Student Gabriel Goff, Nicholas Kerhoulas, and Lucy Kerhoulas Forestry & Wildland Resources

Presented a talk at the Agricultural Research Institute Annual Meeting in Sacramento, CA: “Conifer encroachment and removal in a northern California woodland: Influences on ecosystem physiology and biodiversity.”

Submitted: February 11, 2020

Faculty Lucy Kerhoulas, Ariel Weisgrau, Emily Hoeft, and Nicholas Kerhoulas Forestry & Wildland Resources

Presented a talk at the Ecological Society of America Conference in Louisville, KY: “Within-crown physiology of tall Picea sitchensis trees.”

Submitted: February 11, 2020

Faculty Harold Zald and Kerry Byrne Forestry & Wildland Resources

Zald (PI) and Byrne (co-PI)‘s awarded $87,100 from USDA McIntire-Stennis for their proposal “Quantification and mitigation of large pine mortality after prescribed burning in a drought altered Sierra Nevada mixed-conifer forest, California, USA.”

Submitted: February 6, 2020

Student Bret McNamara, Jeff Kane, David Greene Forestry & Wildland Resources

Former HSU Wildland Fire Lab graduate student, Bret McNamara (2018) published two research papers from his work on the rare Baker cypress.
One paper entitled “Strong dispersal limitation in postfire regeneration of Baker cypress, a rare serotinous conifer“ was published in the American Journal of Botany and the other paper entitled “Post-fire fuel succession in a rare California, USA closed-cone conifer” was published in Fire Ecology. These two papers were co-authored by Forestry and Wildland Resources faculty members, Jeff Kane and David Greene.

Submitted: December 1, 2019

Student Susan Marshall and Joe Seney Forestry & Wildland Resources

Humboldt State University Wins 2nd place in Region 6 Collegiate Soil Contest, Nov. 2
Five universities sent teams to describe colors, textures, and appropriate uses of soils during the Region 6 Collegiate Soil Competition, hosted by Humboldt State University’s program in Rangeland Resources and Wildland Soils. HSU is among only five universities in California offering sufficient coursework to qualify graduates to become federally recognized Soil Scientists. Participating universities included Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, CSU Chico, CSU Fresno, Humboldt State University, and New Mexico State University. The top three teams (CalPoly San Luis Obispo, Humboldt State University, and New Mexico Stat

Submitted: November 4, 2019

Faculty Michael Vernon, Rosemary Sherriff, Jeff Kane Forestry & Wildland Resources

Alum Michael Vernon (MS 2017) with Rosemary Sherriff (Geography), Jeff Kane (Forestry), and Phil van Mantgem (USGS) published a paper titled “Thinning, tree-growth, and resistance to multi-year drought in a mixed-conifer forest of northern California” in the journal Forest Ecology and Management.

Submitted: April 22, 2018

Faculty Han-Sup Han Forestry & Wildland Resources

Two research papers were recently published in Western Journal of Applied Forestry. One paper deals with utilization of small-diameter logs generated as a result of fuel reduction thinning treatments. This topic has been an issue for many rural towns in the US West. The title of this paper is “Financial Feasibility of a Log Sort Yard Handling Small-Diameter Logs: A Preliminary Study.” The other paper addresses a spreadsheet-based tool to estimate road construction costs. The software will be loaded onto the department web site. The title of this paper is “ACCEL: Spreadsheet-Based Cost Estimation for Forest Road Construction”.

Submitted: October 17, 2011

Faculty Dr. Morgan Varner Forestry & Wildland Resources

Dr. Morgan Varner was nominated for and accepted an Associate Editor position with the journal, Forest Science. Forest Science is the premiere journal of The Society of American Foresters.

Submitted: October 3, 2011

Faculty Kenneth O. Fulgham, Gary Rynearson Forestry & Wildland Resources

Dr. Kenneth O. Fulgham, chair of HSU’s Department of Forestry and Wildland Resources, and Forestry and Wildland lecturer Gary Rynearson have been elected to key posts of the Buckeye Conservancy, a northern California group of family farm, ranch, and forest landowners and resource managers that promotes the ecological health and economic sustainability of natural resources and open space in family ownership. Fulgham, also professor of rangeland resources, is second vice president, and Rynearson is first vice president. The conservancy can be reached at

Submitted: September 8, 2011

Student Brent Henry, Andrew Mueller, Kaelie Pena, and Mariah Aguilar Forestry & Wildland Resources

The Forestry and Wildland Resources Department celebrated its students during the annual Awards Banquet on April 18. This year, the department awarded over $68,000 in scholarships to 56 deserving students. Many scholarships were established by alumnae or in honor of alumnae; the Forestry Pathfinders scholarship was created by the founding forestry class at Humboldt State; and the Gayleen Smith scholarship was created in honor of the “office mom” for the department from 2005 through 2013.

The department also honored outstanding students: Brent Henry (Academic Excellence award in Forestry), Andrew Mueller (Professional Promise award in Forestry), Kaelie Pena (Rangeland Resource Outstanding Student), and Mariah Aguilar (Rangeland Resource Outstanding Student). And the students voted to award three separate honors: to Maurine Nicholson (Administrative Support Coordinator) and George Pease (Stockroom Manager) in recognition of their contributions to the department, and to Dr. Pascal Berrill for Outstanding Faculty member.

Submitted: April 27, 2017

Student Jasmine Westbrook Forestry & Wildland Resources

Rangeland Resources Science major Jasmine Westbrook won the $1,000 Paul Zinke Memorial Scholarship Award at this summer’s 30th Anniversary California Forest Soils Council meeting near Mt. Shasta. Westbrook is a double major in molecular and cellular biology and is minoring in chemistry. She was raised on a Napa Valley sheep ranch and has been working the past few summer for Six Rivers National Forest. She joins four past HSU Zinke Award winners: Barbara Witmore (’05), M.S. New Mexico State University, currently employed by the Bureau of Land Management; Rosemary Records (’06) now in a Ph.D. program at Colorado State University; Sarah Schuette (‘09), starting a Ph.D. program at Washington State University Spring 2012; and Allison Rofe, who will graduate with a bachelor’s degree in Rangeland Resources Science in 2012.

Submitted: September 8, 2011

Student Specialist Todd Golder and students Mariah Aguiar, Amanda Albright, Melissa Chase, Axel Sanchez, Eric Garcia, Monica Rodriguez, Steven Gilster, Tess Palmer, Darren Pinnegar and Kaelie Pena. Forestry & Wildland Resources

Humboldt State University’s Range Plant Identification team placed 5th in a contest that has been described as one of the toughest in recent memory. Deedee Soto, an HSU Botany major with a range minor, placed 5th in the individual category. Coached by lecturer/NRCS Rangeland Specialist Todd Golder, other team members include Mariah Aguiar, Amanda Albright, Melissa Chase, Axel Sanchez, Eric Garcia, Monica Rodriguez, Steven Gilster, Tess Palmer, Darren Pinnegar, and Kaelie Pena. These students were enrolled in RRS 475 Advanced study of Range Plants, offered every semester.
Most plant species on this test were grasses and many consisted of mere fragments of material. We owe much to HSU’s exce

Submitted: February 2, 2017

Alumni Ken Pimlott Forestry & Wildland Resources

Ken Pimlott, 45, of Cameron Park, has been appointed director of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE). He has served in multiple resource management and fire protection positions with the department since 1993 and has served as acting director since 2010. Pimlott began his career as a seasonal fire fighter in 1987 and is a Registered Professional Forester. Pimlott received an Associate of Arts degree in Fire Technology from American River College, and a Bachelor’s degree in Forest Resource Management from Humboldt State University.

Submitted: July 19, 2011

Faculty David Greene, Jeff Keane & Melanie McCavour Forestry & Wildland Resources

David Greene and Jeff Kane of the Department of Forestry and Wildland Resources and Melanie McCavour of the Department of Environmental Science and Management have just been awarded a 10-year $800,000 grant from the Bureau of Land Management for a study of Baker Cypress. This tree species, restricted to a few populations in northern California and southern Oregon, has seeds retained in cones that will only open when burned and the continuation of fire exclusion is strongly contributing to its potential extinction. The purpose of the grant is to better understand the reproductive ecology of Baker Cypress, determine the feasibility of using prescribed fire and other treatments to inform the restoration and management of this species, and create the Environmental Impact Report that will underpin the management plan.

Submitted: September 2, 2015

Student Soil Scientists Forestry & Wildland Resources

Five of six Humboldt State University students (83%) passed the rigorous “Fundamentals of Soil Science” exam offered on April 15, 2011, becoming Associate Professional Soil Scientists, according to tests results from the Council of Soil Science Examiners.

Ten Wildland Soils and four Forest Soils students graduated from Humboldt State University in 2011. Five Rangeland Resource Science students also graduated, one of whom had sufficient soil science courses to be qualified for the federal Soil Scientist position. This means that Humboldt State University graduated 15 fully qualified Soil Scientists, more qualified students than most institutions have enrolled at any given time!

Submitted: June 8, 2011

Faculty Harold Zald Forestry & Wildland Resources

Harold Zaid was recently interviewed about his research regarding the relationships between drought, insect outbreaks, and wildlife by the independent digital media Water Deeply.
Link to the article

Submitted: September 29, 2016

Faculty Sara Hanna and Ken Fulgham Forestry & Wildland Resources

Research by the Department of Forestry and Wildland Resources faculty was recently featured in a special issue of California Agriculture, a quarterly journal of peer-reviewed research from the University of California Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources. The issue titled, Forestry: Managing for the Future highlights a wide range of forestry related research being conducted in California.

Sara Hanna and Ken Fulgham, Lecturer and Emeritus Professor respectively in the Forestry & Wildland Resources Department, had their article on Post-fire vegetation dynamics of a sagebrush steppe community change significantly over time published in California Agriculture, Volume 69, Number 1, January-March 2015. The article summarizes almost 30 years’ worth of data collected on two prescribed wildland fire sites in the Clear Lake Hills area of Modoc County. Significant findings regarding the post-fire plant community trajectories and changes over time have management implications for domestic livestock grazing, interstate mule deer herd winter range use, and the provision of suitable habitat for the threatened Sage Grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus).

Submitted: July 21, 2015

Student Whitney Butler, Whitney Schimke, Alexander Taylor, Ryan Camera and Tyler Hullquist Forestry & Wildland Resources

Students and faculty from the HSU’s Department of Forestry and Wildland Resources recently travelled to Albuquerque to take part in professional meetings and compete in the Society of American Foresters (SAF) Quiz Bowl at the society’s annual convention in October.

HSU sent five forestry students, Whitney Butler, Whitney Schimke, Alexander Taylor, Ryan Camera and Tyler Hullquist, to compete. The contest brought together student teams from universities across the country to demonstrate their knowledge in a wide variety of forestry disciplines.

Forestry and Wildland Resources Department Chair Ken Fulgham and Professor Han-Sup Han attended the five day convention, where Fulgham presented a poster titled “Long-term, Post-Fire Dynamics of a Sagebrush Steppe and Western Juniper Community.” It summarized nearly thirty years of post-fire vegetation monitoring of sagebrush rangelands in Modoc County in Northeastern California. Dr. Han participated in the McIntire-Stennis meetings as the HSU-Administrative Technical Representative (AT-R).

Submitted: November 15, 2010

Student Amy Livingston Forestry & Wildland Resources

Amy Livingston, graduate student, lead authored a paper with Erik Jules (Biology) and Jeff Kane (Forestry and Wildland Resources) entitled “Prescribed fire and conifer removal promote positive understory vegetation responses in Quercus garryana woodlands” in the Journal of Applied Ecology this past June

Submitted: September 8, 2016