Achievements

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

Faculty Dr. Han-Sup Han and Dr. Aaron Hohl Forestry & Wildland Resources

Dr. Han-Sup Han and Dr. Aaron Hohl, recently presented their research at the International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO) World Congress meeting in Seoul, South Korea. Dr. Hohl presented his research on modeling the potential risk and implications of forest and grassland fires in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone (CEZ) in the Ukraine. Dr. Han presented his research on the collection and transportation of forest biomass for energy in the western United States.

Submitted: September 30, 2010

Student Kristin Cooper and Catherine Trimingham Forestry & Wildland Resources

Two Humboldt State University students passed the rigorous “Fundamentals of Soil Science” exam offered on April 15, 2016, becoming Associate Professional Soil Scientists, according to test results from the Council of Soil Science Examiners.

Kristin Cooper and Catherine Trimingham graduated from Humboldt State University with the Wildland Soils option in Rangeland Resource Science. Kristin has performed range technician duties for the Bureau of Land Management in Wyoming and has volunteered for several California Resource Conservation Districts. She is studying for the GRE exam and plans to apply to a graduate program for Fall 2017. Catt rowed for the HSU Women’s Crew team and is currently working as a forest-wide soils technician on the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest in Idaho. She says that “my education is much more well-rounded compared to the people I work with. I am able to understand a majority of the timber jargon, identify most of the plants I come in contact with, and have been told that my notes are too thorough.”

The national pass rate for the Spring 2016 soils exam was 56 percent, with a California pass rate of 87.5 percent. Since 2011, 25 HSU students have attempted this exam, with an overall pass rate of 80 percent, the last two years with 100 percent success. Those who pass the fundamentals exam will be eligible to take the Professional Practice exam after five years of professional experience, an additional step in becoming a Certified Professional Soil Scientist. Recent Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) discussions about program self-certification have included the fundamentals exam as one indicator of program quality. Given that the exam is multiple choice, it does not evaluate students’ field skills per se, but is an exam that is offered nationwide and is therefore ‘portable.’ Humboldt State University Wildland Soils students (under the Rangeland Resource Science major) spend more than 200 hours in field or laboratory learning experiences, honing hands-on skills and field judgment of soil properties, limitations, and capabilities.

Submitted: August 19, 2016

Student Andrew Bryant, Matt Prendergast, Andrew Longman, Christina Cortez, Tyler Hanson, Kathleen Dondero, Alicia Goodman, Henry Ayres, and Ariel De Lara Forestry & Wildland Resources

The HSU Range Plant Identification Team competed in the 2015 Society for Range Management plant identification exam located in Sacramento, Calif., in February. The competition involves the sight identification of 200 grasses, forbs, shrubs and trees to species. The HSU Plant Team placed 6th out of 23 schools hailing from Canada, Mexico and United States. The University of Alberta placed first, followed by Texas A&M;, Universidad Autonoma Agraria Antonio Narro, Utah State University, Universidad Autonoma de Chihuahua, and HSU, respectively. Advanced Rangeland Plants (RRS 475) prepares students for the annual exam and in preparation for related field work.

Submitted: March 16, 2015

Faculty Andrew P. Stubblefield Forestry & Wildland Resources

Participated in Early Career Scientist Assembly at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder Colorado.
The purpose of the forum was to discuss means of closing the gap between climate change scientists and water resource managers. The goal was to help improve the adaptation of human societies to climate change impacts. Participants cowrote a position paper which will be submitted to the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society.

Submitted: August 20, 2010

Faculty Susan Marshall Forestry & Wildland Resources

Professor Susan Marshall, Forestry & Wildland Resources attended the 2016 Society for Range Management Annual Meeting in Corpus Christi, TX. Susan served as 2015 President of the Range Science Education Council and 2016 Past President. She is also an Associate Editor or the Range Ecology & Management Journal and a member of the SRM Professional Accreditation Committee. While there she attended a special workshop looking at the federal Office of Personnel Management 454-Series for Rangeland Specialists with members of the OPM, RSEC and PAC groups. Susan also serves on the Certification Panel for California Certified Range Management specialist.

Submitted: March 4, 2016

Faculty Jeffrey Kane Forestry & Wildland Resources

Assistant forestry professor Jeffrey Kane recently published an article in the journal Oecologia asserting that the number of resin ducts a tree has can help predict how resistant the pine is to beetle infestation. The results of the paper, combined with the findings of an earlier study, provide information that may be useful to land managers who are trying to keep public parks and other relatively small forested areas healthy. In the first study, researchers demonstrated that a certain type of slippery bark protects trees from pine beetle attacks, which can kill trees. For the full article, visit http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s00442-013-2841-2/fulltext.html.

Submitted: January 7, 2014

Faculty Kenneth Fulgham Forestry & Wildland Resources

Emeritus Professor Kenneth Fulgham, Forestry & Wildland Resources, attended the 2016 Society for Range Management Annual Meeting in Corpus Christi, TX. Ken recently served a three-year term as a national Director on the SRM Board and has been nominated for the SRM 2nd Vice President position with the election held this fall. Ken is also the SRM Membership Services & Meeting Registration Task Force Chair, plus a member of the SRM Bylaws Revision Task Force.

Submitted: March 4, 2016

Student Travis DiGennaro and Crystal Welch Forestry & Wildland Resources

Rangeland Resources Science majors Travis DiGennaro and Crystal Welch will share the $1,000 Paul Zinke Memorial Scholarship Award for 2013. Travis is an assistant for the introductory soils course, is enrolled in the Wildland Soils option of the range major, and hails from Napa, CA. Crystal Welch is also in the Wildland Soils option and has called Humboldt County and Port Orford, Oregon home. Travis and Crystal will be presenting an undergraduate research poster on actinomycetes found in mushroom compost at the Soil Science Society of America Annual Meetings in Tampa, Florida in November 2013. They join seven 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), co-owner of Dirty Business Consulting of Arcata; Allison Rofe, (‘12) who is a rangeland management specialist for the Natural Resources Conservation Service in Ukiah, CA; Jasmine Westbrook (‘12), currently enrolled in a M.S. program at Montana State University; and Stephanie Winters (‘13), a seasonal employee with BKS Environmental of Gillette, WY.

Submitted: October 1, 2013

Student Mariah Aguiar, Tyler Hanson, Kaelie Pena, Matt Prendergast, Rosa Sanchez, and Deedee Soto Forestry & Wildland Resources

The HSU Range Plant Team recently competed in the 2016 Society for Range Management plant identification exam in Corpus Christi, Texas. The competition involved the identification of 200 grasses, forbs, shrubs and trees. The Plant Team placed 9th out of 23 schools from Canada, Mexico and United States. In addition, HSU students also participating in the Undergraduate Range Management Exam and the Student Booth Display Contest. The students attending these competitions were: Mariah Aguiar, Tyler Hanson, Kaelie Pena, Matt Prendergast, Rosa Sanchez, and Deedee Soto.
Kaelie Pena, Range Management Science major, was elected Secretary to the SRM Student Conclave and she received a summer Pathways Science Technician job with the Forest Service in Bridgeport, California.

Submitted: March 3, 2016

Student Zoe Merrill, Rachelle Dilley, Stephanie Winters, Kyle Garvey, and Braden Pitcher Forestry & Wildland Resources

Five Humboldt State University students passed the rigorous “Fundamentals of Soil Science” exam offered on April 15, 2013, becoming Associate Professional Soil Scientists, according to test results from the Council of Soil Science Examiners. Zoe Merrill, Kyle Garvey and Braden Pitcher graduated with degrees in Wildland Soils in the Rangeland Resource Science major. Stephanie Winters graduated with the Rangeland Resources option and completed sufficient soils courses to be a federal Soil Scientist. Rachelle Dilley graduated with a degree in Botany.

The national pass rate for the spring 2013 exam was 63%. Those who pass the fundamentals exam will be eligible to take the Professional Practice exam after five years of professional experience, an additional step in becoming a Certified Professional Soil Scientist. Recent Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) discussions about program self-certification have included the fundamentals exam as one indicator of program quality. Humboldt State University Wildland Soils students (an option under the Rangeland Resource Science major) spend more than 200 hours in field or laboratory learning experiences, honing hands-on skills and field judgment of soil properties, limitations, and capabilities.

Submitted: August 15, 2013

Faculty Kenneth Fulgham & Susan Marshall Forestry & Wildland Resources

Professor Susan Marshall is currently on the Society for Range Management ballot as a candidate for SRM Board Director.

Emeritus Professor Ken Fulgham was recently appointed to the Chair-Elect position on the Society for Range Management Endowment Fund Development Committee.

Submitted: October 1, 2019

Faculty Buddhika Madurapperuma Forestry & Wildland Resources

Lecturer recognized in Publons’ global awards

Dr. Buddhika Madurapperuma, Lecturer, FWR/ESM received Publons Peer Review Awards 2019 for placing in the top 1% global peer reviewers in “Geosciences”. This award was based on the Publons global reviewer database, determined by the number of peer review reports performed during 2018-19 year. He has performed 64 peer reviews according to the publons statistics as linked https://publons.com/researcher/1240224/buddhika-madurapperuma/peer-review/. Publons peer review awards honor the elite contributors who have demonstrated outstanding expert commitment to protect the integrity and accuracy of published research.

Submitted: September 25, 2019

Faculty Erin Kelly Forestry & Wildland Resources

Invited talk at Sophia University in Tokyo, Japan: Forestry projects under the cap-and-trade market in California. Symposium paper in the Sophia University Journal, Global Environmental Studies.

Submitted: August 30, 2019

Faculty Erin Kelly & Yvonne Everett Forestry & Wildland Resources

Co-Edited Humboldt Journal of Social Relations, an annual special issue journal. Title: The American West after the Timber Wars. (both also contributed articles to the issue).

https://digitalcommons.humboldt.edu/hjsr/vol1/iss40/

Submitted: August 30, 2019

Faculty Rosemary Sherriff (PI) and Lucy Kerhoulas (Co-PI) Forestry & Wildland Resources

Recieved an NSF grant to study conifer drought responses in the Klamath Ecoregion ($399,987).

Submitted: May 9, 2019

Faculty Lucy Kerhoulas, Allyson Carroll, Jim Campbell-Spickler Forestry & Wildland Resources

Featured scientists at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco. The exhibit, “Giants of Land and Sea, Redwood Ascent,” will be on display in one of the main galleries for five years.

Submitted: May 9, 2019

Student Louise Martin, Michael Mees, Kegan Richards, Ivy Sebring-Patton, Mary Scanlan Forestry & Wildland Resources

Five Rangeland Resource Science students have been awarded the Rustici Livestock and Rangeland Scholarship, administered through the California Farm Bureau Federation. These scholarships are worth $5,000 and are renewable each year.

Submitted: May 9, 2019

Student Alex Gorman (2018, first author), Lucy Kerhoulas, Wade Polda (2016), and Nick Kerhoulas Forestry & Wildland Resources

Published a paper in Evansia: Epiphyte diversity, abundance, and distribution in an old Sitka spruce crown.

Submitted: May 9, 2019

Student Gabriel Goff Forestry & Wildland Resources

Received scholarship from the California Native Plant Society for his research on conifer encroachment in northern California oak woodlands ($1,500).

Submitted: May 9, 2019

  Louise Martin, Michael Mees, Mary Scanlan, Kegan Richards, and Ivy Sebring-Patton Forestry & Wildland Resources

HSU Rangeland Resource students Louise Martin, Michael Mees, Mary Scanlan, Kegan Richards, and Ivy Sebring-Patton have each been awarded a $5,000 Rustici Livestock and Rangeland Scholarship. This scholarship is offered through the California Farm Bureau Federation and is renewable annually. Congratulations!

Submitted: May 8, 2019