Achievements

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

Student Brooks Estes, Matt Johnson Wildlife

Former Environment & Community Master’s student Brooks Estes and her advisor Dr. Matt Johnson (Wildlife) recently published a paper in the journal California Fish and Wildlife about winegrape growers’ environmental values. URL: https://nrm.dfg.ca.gov/FileHandler.ashx?DocumentID=195584&inline;

Submitted: November 16, 2021

Faculty Dan Barton Wildlife

A new cooperative grant from the Bureau of Land Management to HSU will support graduate students working with Wildlife faculty member Dan Barton to study conservation of seabirds and the Trinidad Seabird Protection Network around Trinidad Head and Sue-Meg over the next three years.

Submitted: November 2, 2021

Student Janelle Chojnacki Wildlife

Wildlife graduate student Janelle Chojnacki has received a grant from The Nuttall Ornithological Club to fund her research into the foraging behavior of common ravens, and their predator impact on the western snowy plover, a federally threatened bird. The project aims to address the causal factors related to increased raven abundance and proximity to plover nesting areas to provide conservation practitioners with useful information for identifying key areas to focus mitigation efforts. Results will be applicable to other prey species throughout ravens’ range in North America.

Chojnacki received the award working in collaboration with her graduate advisor, Dr. Barbara Clucas.

Submitted: November 1, 2021

Faculty Frank Fogarty Wildlife

Frank Fogarty (Wildlife) published a new paper demonstrating that observational data can be useful for predicting songbird nest sites in Ibis. https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/ibi.13020

Submitted: October 13, 2021

Faculty Frank Fogarty Wildlife

Frank Fogarty (Wildlife) published a new paper on utilizing point count data to estimate the abundance of mobile animals in Ecological Indicators. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1470160X21008359

Submitted: September 10, 2021

Student Allison Huysman, Matt Johnson Wildlife

Allison Huysman and Matt Johnson (Wildlife) published a paper entitled, “Multi-year nest box occupancy and short-term resilience to wildfire disturbance by barn owls in a vineyard agroecosystem” in the journal Ecosphere.

Submitted: March 24, 2021

Student Dane St. George, Matt Johnson Wildlife

Dane St. George and Matt Johnson published a manuscript entitled, “Effects of habitat on prey delivery rate and prey species composition of breeding barn owls in winegrape vineyards” in the journal Agriculture, Ecosystems & the Environment

Submitted: March 11, 2021

Student Jose Rodriguez, Ho Yi Wan Wildlife

Undergraduate Jose Rodriguez received a $5,000 starter grant given to Black, Indigenous, and People of Color from Save the Redwoods League. This grant will be used to initiate the Condors And Redwoods Ecological Research (CARER) project, which aims to study California condors that are soon to be released into the wild in northern California. Jose will be working with mentor Dr. Ho Yi Wan on the project.

Submitted: March 8, 2021

Student Xerónimo Castañeda, Allison Huysman, Matthew D Johnson Wildlife

Former graduate students Xerónimo Castañeda, Allison Huysman, and their advisor Matt Johnson published a paper in Ornithological Applications entitled, “Barn Owls select uncultivated habitats for hunting in a winegrape growing region of California.”

Submitted: January 29, 2021

Student Hilary Cosby and Micaela Szykman Gunther Wildlife

Former graduate student Hilary Cosby had her thesis research published in the Journal of Mammalogy, co-authored with mentor Dr. Micaela Szykman Gunther in the Department of Wildlife. The paper is entitled: “Variation in diet of river otters by season and aquatic community.”

Submitted: January 25, 2021

Faculty Mark Colwell, Chelsea Polevy and Hannah LeWinter Wildlife

Mark Colwell, Chelsea Polevy and Hannah LeWinter published the last of three papers summarizing the importance of Humboldt Bay to shorebirds along the Pacific America’s Flyway. Their work, funded by Audubon California, shows that the bay hosts a diverse (52 species) and abundant (~850,000 individuals) assemblage of mostly sandpipers and plovers rear-round, justifying its designation as a site of international importance under the Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network. See their work at: https://www.waderstudygroup.org/article/14584/

Submitted: December 1, 2020

Faculty Seafha Ramos Wildlife

Dr. Seafha Ramos, NSF postdoctoral fellow in biology, and collaborators developed a series of 5th grade science lessons that incorporate Traditional Ecological Knowledge and a simulated wildlife survey. All lessons are available for free download at https://www.stemtradingcards.org/teklessons.

Submitted: November 28, 2020

Student Sarah Schooler, Matt Johnson, Peter Njoroge, Tim Bean Wildlife

Graduate student Sarah Scholer published a paper in the journal “Ecology & Evolution” stemming from her Master’s thesis with co-authors from HSU, Cal Poly SLO, and the National Museums of Kenya, “Shade trees preserve avian insectivore biodiversity on coffee farms in a warming climate.”
https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1002/ece3.6879

Submitted: October 26, 2020

Faculty Matt Johnson, Sacha Heath Wildlife

Matt Johnson, professor in the Dept of Wildlife, and HSU alum Dr. Sacha Heath co-organized a symposium, “Protecting and restoring bird habitat in the agricultural matrix: net benefits for birds and farmers” with 10 invited speakers held at the 2020 North American Ornithological Conference, August 14, 2020.

Submitted: August 24, 2020

Student Deven Kammerichs-Berke, Matt Johnson Wildlife

Deven Kammerichs-Berke, graduate student in Wildlife, presented results from his thesis, “Community Composition and Foraging Selectivity of Insectivorous Bird on Central Kenyan Shade Coffee Farms,” at the North American Ornithological Conference, Aug 12, 2020.

Submitted: August 24, 2020

Staff Matt Johnson, Amy Sprowles, Katlin Goldenberg, Steven Margell, and Lisa Castellino Wildlife

A team of faculty and staff published a paper documenting the effects of the first three years of the Klamath Connection placed-based learning community entitled, “Effect of a Place-Based Learning Community on Belonging, Persistence, and Equity Gaps for First-Year STEM Students” in the journal Innovative Higher Education. The article is open-access: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10755-020-09519-5

Submitted: August 24, 2020

Faculty Katelyn Raby, Mark Colwell Wildlife

Katie Raby and Mark Colwell published a paper in Wader Study, an international journal dedicated to conservation of shorebirds. Their 15-yr analysis show that Snowy Plover nests survived better on restored beaches of Humboldt County, CA compared with unrestored areas.

Submitted: August 13, 2020

Faculty Daniel Barton Wildlife

Dan Barton published an open-access article “Impacts of the COVID‐19 pandemic on field instruction and remote teaching alternatives: Results from a survey of instructors” in the journal Ecology and Evolution. https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/ece3.6628

Submitted: August 7, 2020

Faculty Sharon Kahara Wildlife

Co-authored “APEX simulation: Water quality of Sacramento Valley wetlands impacted by waterfowl droppings”. Journal of Soil and Water Conservation. (in press)

Submitted: March 5, 2020

Faculty Frank Fogarty Wildlife

Co-authored “Mapping of land cover with open‐source software and ultra‐high‐resolution imagery acquired with unmanned aerial vehicles”. Remote Sensing in Ecology and Conservation. doi:10.1002/rse2.144.

Submitted: February 25, 2020