Achievements

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

Student Sam Aguilar, Phil Chaon, Brian Fagundes, Dave Spangenburg and Amy Leigh Trost Wildlife

Humboldt State University’s highly successful Wildlife Quiz Bowl Team won the 2010 National Wildlife Quiz Bowl Oct. 5 in Snowbird, Utah, marking HSU’s ninth victory in 11 years in the national and regional contests.

In the latest 17-team national competition, Humboldt State blanked Michigan Tech 135-0, beat Texas A&M;120-55, trounced the University of Wyoming 110-15 and downed Penn State 95-20.

The tournament was part of the National Wildlife Conference in Snowbird, and the HSU team comprised five undergraduates: Sam Aguilar (Wildlife major), Phil Chaon (double major, Wildlife and Zoology), Brian Fagundes (double major, Wildlife and Geography), Dave Spangenburg (Geography major, Wildlife minor) and Amy Leigh Trost (Wildlife major).

Submitted: November 12, 2010

Student Breanna Powers, Matt Johnson, Joseph LaManna, Adam Rich Wildlife

A paper has been accepted for publication in the peer-reviewed journal Northwestern Naturalist. The lead author is Breanna Powers, who was part of the Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program at HSU. Other authors include Matt Johnson (wildlife faculty), Joseph LaManna (wildlife graduate student), and Adam Rich (biologist with the US Forest Service). Their research examined effects of cattle grazing on gophers in high elevation meadows on the Sierra Nevada.

Submitted: September 10, 2010

Faculty Sharon N. Kahara Wildlife

Public lecture at the Arcata Marsh Interpretive Center during their “Celebrating American Wetlands Month” on May 20th 2010. Title of the talk was “Marsh Crowdsourcing! What you get when you cross wetlands, citizen scientists and cell phones”.
The talk focused on the importance of monitoring wetland restoration projects and the pros and cons of citizen science data collection as a viable means to do this. Newer, more efficient public data collection methods are becoming available.

Submitted: August 20, 2010

Faculty Mark A. Colwell Wildlife

In October 2010, UC Press will publish Shorebird Ecology, Conservation, and Management, a text-referenced book authored by Mark Colwell of HSU’s Wildlife Department. The book is based on the course that Colwell has taught for 21 years at HSU and draws on his 30 years of research and management of shorebirds in North America.
See: http://www.ucpress.edu/book.php?isbn=9780520266407

Submitted: August 20, 2010

Student Ryan Kalinowski, Matt Johnson Wildlife

Wildlife undergraduate student Ryan Kalinowski published his Honor’s Thesis in the international ornithological journal, The Condor. His thesis and paper is entitled, “Influence of Suburban Habitat on A Wintering Bird Community in Coastal Northern California” and appears in the Vol 112, pages 272-284. His advisor Matt Johnson is a second author. Ryan is now a graduate student in the Natural Resources-Wildlife program.

Submitted: August 19, 2010

Faculty Matt Johnson, Brent Campos, Vitek Jirinec, Steve Railsback Wildlife

Wildlife professor Matt Johnson delivered an oral presentation at the International Ornithological Congress held in Brazil in August 2010. The presentation was co-authored by wildlife students Brent Campos and Vitek Jirinec, and Math adjunct faculty Steve Railsback. Their research involves modeling how bird movements across a landscape may influence the provisioning of ecosystem services in agricultural settings.

Submitted: August 19, 2010