Graduate Student Research Topics

Current Students

Sean Linley
Thesis: Fire and the importance of the timing of reproductive onset in trees
Advisor: David Greene

Kelsey Fletterick
Thesis: The Brief Window for Early Post-fire Regeneration.
Advisor: David Greene

Heather Rickard
Thesis: Factors contributing to legacy hardwood mortality following prescribed fire
Advisor: Jeffrey Kane

Abigail Jones
Thesis: Fuel treatment effectiveness to wildfire in chaparral stands of northern California
Advisor: Jeffrey Kane

Jackson Carrasco
Thesis: Post-fire mortality rates and regeneration within second-growth redwood stands
Advisor: Jeffrey Kane

Madeleine Lopez
Thesis: Seed maturation rates of five California conifers and their implications for facultative serotiny
Advisor: Jeffrey Kane

Brita Goldstein
Thesis: Assessing the intent and efficacy of state-level forestry policies on private lands in the United States
Advisor: Erin Kelly

Gabriel Roletti
Thesis: Diversity of conifer responses to drought across habitat and competitive gradients in Northern California
Advisor: Lucy Kerhoulas

Sophia Lemmo
Thesis: Tree mortality and regeneration across competitive gradients and varying habitats in Northern California
Advisor: Lucy Kerhoulas

Lonyx Landry
Thesis: Soil sampling for Phytophthora spp.
Advisor: Susan Edinger Marshall

Jill Beckmann
Thesis: The effects of severe drought on radial stem growth of Oregon white oak
Advisor: Rosemary Sherriff

Lindsay Benjamin-Brittany
Thesis: Assessment of Carbon Storage and Aquifer Recharge in Beaver Meadows of the Sierra Nevada, USA
Advisor: Andrew Stubblefield

Zachary Gigone
Thesis: Erosion from Forest Roads Affected by the August Complex Fire in Northern California
Advisor: Andrew Stubblefield

Andre Sanchez
Thesis: Quantifying summer water budget use by fir and oak trees within overtopped and released forest stands.
Advisor: Andrew Stubblefield

Kayla Fitzpatrick
Thesis: Water Quality Assessment of the Klamath River
Advisor: Andrew Stubblefield

Zachary Erickson
Thesis: Coast range conifer silviculture and restoration treatment responses
Advisor: Pascal Berrill

Jennifer Brumbeloe
Thesis: Ecosystem responses to aspen restoration in the Lake Tahoe Basin
Advisor: Pascal Berrill

Graduated

2021

Katherine Marlin
Thesis: Post-fire regeneration of the serotinous Knobcone pine
Advisor: David Greene

2020

2019

Cerena Brewen
Thesis: Multidecadal change in aspen experiencing long-unburned, mixed-severity wildfire, and reburn disturbance regimes
Advisor: Pascal Berrill

Kurt Schneider
Thesis: Understory light, regeneration, and browsing effects in irregular structures created by partial harvesting in coast redwood stands
Advisor: Pascal Berrill

Robert Muma
Thesis: Converting coast redwood/ Douglas-fir forests to multiaged management; residual stand damage, growth, and regeneration response
Advisor: Pascal Berrill

2018

2017

Michael Vernon
Thesis: In the face of drought: Do fuel treatments promote resistance to multi-year drought in a mixed-conifer forest of northern California?
Advisor:

Walter Kast
Thesis: Finding nondestructive parameters for root-to-shoot ratios in Douglas-fir, grand fir, and redwood saplings in northwest California for biomass and carbon storage estimates
Advisor: Pascal Berrill

2016

Chris Valness
Thesis: Performance and morphology in Sequoiadendron genotypes outside of their range
Advisor: Pascal Berrill

2015

Madelinn Schriver
Thesis: Stand and tree growth characteristics of Quercus garryana and Quercus kelloggi woodlands in northwestern California
Advisor:

Nichole Besyk
Thesis: Predicting phosphorus retention in two Haplohumult forest soils of northern California
Advisor:

Radeslow Glebocki
Thesis: Fuel loading and moisture dynamics in thinned coast redwood ? Douglas-fir forests in Headwaters Forest Reserve, California
Advisor:

Zawisza Grabinski-Parker
Thesis: Reburn severity interactions over 30 years in the Klamath Mountains ecoregion, California, USA
Advisor:

Nathan Queener
Thesis: Spatial and temporal variability in baseflow and stream drying in the Mattole River headwaters.
Advisor:

2014

Hai Vuong
Thesis: Using liDAR to estimate the total aboveground live biomass of redwood stands in South Fork Caspar Creek Watershed, Jackson Demonstration State Forest, Mendocino, California.
Advisor:

Amy Livingston
Thesis: Plant community responses to fire exclusion, species invasions, and restoration in California woodlands and grasslands.
Advisor:

Tim Montgomery
Thesis: Modeling work plan logistics for biomass recovery operations using spatial analysis.
Advisor:

Christopher Kirk
Thesis: Second log branch analysis of redwood and Douglas-fir
Advisor: Pascal Berrill

Bobby Howe
Thesis: Coast redwood growth response to herbicide treatment of tanoak
Advisor: Pascal Berrill

2013

Lea Bond
Thesis: Using distributed temperature sensing fiber-optics and heat source modeling to characterize a northern California stream?s thermal regime.
Advisor:

2012

Sara Hanna
Thesis: Long-term, post-fire dynamics of a sagebrush steppe community in northeastern California.
Advisor:

Brian Huggett
Thesis: Modeling six years of stream discharge using the distributed hydrology soil vegetation model (DHSVM) in a coastal, timber harvest catchment, Humboldt County, California.
Advisor:

Brandon Namm
Thesis: Root morphology and belowground carbon storage in tanoak (Notholithocarpus densiflorus)
Advisor: Pascal Berrill

2011

Chantell Royer
Thesis: Building a foundation for coordinated water quality monitoring in the Klamath River basin.
Advisor:

Matt Cocking
Thesis: The Role of Native Conifer Encroachment and the Return of Fire to California Black Oak Ecosystems in Northern California.
Advisor:

Sungnome Madrone
Thesis: Fine sediment sources of coastal watersheds with uplifted marine terraces in Northwest Humboldt County, California.
Advisor:

Trever Parker
Thesis: Fluorometry as a bacterial source tracking tool in coastal watersheds, Trinidad, California.
Advisor:

2010

Eamon Engber
Thesis: Fuelbed heterogeneity, flammability, and restoration of historically fire frequent oak woodlands with fire.
Advisor:

Claire Knopf
Thesis: A permeability study on salmonid spawning riffles in the Little River drainage and Canon Creek in Northern Humboldt County, California.
Advisor:

2008