Achievements

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

Faculty Jeffrey Kane Forestry & Wildland Resources

Jeff Kane was invited to give a seminar entitled "Litter flammability of North American trees: Ecological insights and management implications" as part of the forestry seminar series at Purdue University on January 29th, 2019.

Submitted: January 30, 2019

Faculty Jeff Kane Forestry & Wildland Resources

Dr. Jeff Kane was invited to give a talk entitled "Ecological insights of litter flammability traits in southeastern US tree species" as part of the Carlton N. Owens lecture series at Mississippi State University.

Submitted: December 10, 2018

Faculty Buddhika Madurappeuma Forestry & Wildland Resources

Peer-reviewed article published in Remote Sensing Journal (IF 3.41). "Remote Sensing Approach to Detect Burn Severity Risk Zones in Palo Verde National Park, Costa Rica"

https://www.mdpi.com/2072-4292/10/9/1427

Submitted: November 7, 2018

Student Monica Pina, Miles Ritch, Nic Anderson, Tiffany Perez, and Daniel Guzman. Forestry & Wildland Resources

"HSU Collegiate Soil Contest team placed 2nd in group judging (where all were in one pit) and 3rd in team judging (top four contestants overall).
The contest was held near CalPoly San Luis Obispo on Nov. 3. CalPoly SLO will host the national soil collegiate contest in April. HSU's team looks forward to competing in this national competition where 20 plus teams from across the United States will compete. The team improved from its first attempt at soil judging last year where it received two third place awards. Cal Poly leads the pack (and actually has the world's best soil judger on its team), but HSU outperformed Fresno State this year in the group event and was ahead of CSU Chico overall.

Submitted: November 5, 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

Student Angelo DiMario, Jeffrey Kane, Erik Jules Forestry & Wildland Resources

Angelo DiMario (2017) published a paper in Northwest Science from work he conducted as an undergraduate student that characterized fuel build-up around large sugar pines in the Klamath Mountains.

Submitted: October 22, 2018

Faculty Susan Edinger Marshall Forestry & Wildland Resources

Named "Range Manager of the Year" by the California-Pacific Section of the Society for Range Management. Awarded during HSU's 50th Anniversar Celebration. Class of 1968 Alum William Lauenroth (currently at Yale University) attended the celebration as a special speaker.

Submitted: October 18, 2018

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

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.
https://doi.org/10.1016/j.foreco.2018.03.043

Submitted: April 22, 2018

Student Forestry and Wildland Resources Students Forestry & Wildland Resources

Congratulations to our 2018 scholarship recipients in the Forestry and Wildland Resources Department! At the annual awards banquet, over $55,000 in scholarships were distributed thanks to the generosity of alumni and other donors. A new scholarship was created by the family of Allan Eugene Nilson, who taught for 14 years in the HSU Forestry department. The Nilson scholarship will support high-achieving students with financial need.

Special congratulations to Kristy DeYoung, recipient of the Professional Promise Award, and Mike Padilla, recipient of the Academic Excellence Award. Also congratulations to Dr. Kevin Boston, recipient of the student-selected Outstanding Faculty Member Award.

Submitted: April 17, 2018

Faculty Pascal Berrill, Christa Dagley, Alex Gorman, Chelsea Obeidy, Holly Powell, Joey Wright Forestry & Wildland Resources

Four FWR & ESM undergraduate students (Forestry: Alex Gorman & Joey Wright; ESM: Chelsea Obeidy & Holly Powell) coauthored a peer-reviewed journal article with forestry faculty Pascal Berrill & Christa Dagley on field research at HSU's L.W. Schatz Tree Farm: "Variable-density Retention Promotes Spatial Heterogeneity and Structural Complexity in a Douglas-fir/Tanoak Stand" published in Current Trends in Forest Research.

Submitted: February 9, 2018

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 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

Faculty Erin Kelly Forestry & Wildland Resources

Erin Kelly, Assistant Professor in Forestry, was awarded the Educator of the Year by the California Forestry Association. She received the award at the annual CFA gathering in Napa, California on March 2.

Dr. Kelly also joined the Forest Policy Committee for the Society of American Foresters (SAF), the largest professional society for foresters in the United States. The Forest Policy Committee has 10 members representing academia, industry, and non-profit organizations; members met in Washington, DC from March 6-7 to recommend federal policy priorities for SAF staff and board members to relay to federal legislators and agencies.

Submitted: March 27, 2017

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

Student Bret McNamara Forestry & Wildland Resources

Bret McNamara won an award for best student poster at the Third Southwest Fire Ecology Conference in Tucson, AZ for his research entitled "Post-fire seedling establishment patterns of Hesperocyparis bakeri".

Bret is a graduate student working in the HSU Wildland Fire Lab and conducted this research in collaboration with faculty members: David Greene, Jeff Kane, and Melanie McCavour

Submitted: December 15, 2016

Student Leonard Rios Forestry & Wildland Resources

Leonard Rios presented his research on the "Effects of fire season on growth and defense in Pinus lambertiana" at the Third Southwestern Fire Ecology Conference in Tucson, Arizona.

Leonard is graduate student in the HSU Wildland Fire Lab working with Jeff Kane.

Submitted: December 15, 2016

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
https://www.newsdeeply.com/water/articles/2016/09/14/the-surprising-sci…

Submitted: September 29, 2016

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

Faculty Jeffrey Kane Forestry & Wildland Resources

Co-authored three new articles related to fire and fuels management:

“The impact of fuelbed aging on laboratory fire behaviour in masticated woody fuels” in the International Journal of Wildland Fire

“Suites of fire-adapted traits in the southeastern USA oaks: multiple strategies for persistence in fire-prone environments” in the journal Fire Ecology

“Duration of fuels reduction following prescribed fire in coniferous forests of U.S. national parks in California and the Colorado plateau” in the journal Forest Ecology and Management

Submitted: September 8, 2016