Faculty & Staff

The Wildlife faculty is a team of ecologists with expertise in conservation, animal behavior, disease, environmental ethics, population ecology, spatial ecology, urban ecology, and wildlife-habitat relationships.

General Contact

(707) 826-3953
wildlife@humboldt.edu
Wildlife & Fisheries building, Room 218

 

Department Chair

Dr. Daniel Barton

Daniel Barton

* Graduate Faculty

Department Chair & Associate Professor

Life history evolution, basic and applied population ecology, and wildlife conservation. Courses taught: Conservation Biology, Principles of Wildlife Management, Wildlife Ecology and Management, Ecology of Wildlife Populations.

Faculty

Dr. Jeff Black

Jeff Black

* Graduate Faculty

Professor

Behavior studies, waterfowl ecology and conservation. 

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Dr. Richard Brown

Richard Brown

* Graduate Faculty

Associate Professor

Ecological maintenance of pathogens that infect wildlife, transmission ecology, ecological relevance of pathogen strain variation, tick-borne disease ecology, diseases of wild carnivores, and other topics related to wildlife diseases.

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Barbara Clucas

Barbara Clucas

* Graduate Faculty

Assistant Professor

Research Interests: Conservation Biology, Urban Ecology and Animal Behavior.

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Dr. Mark Cowell

Mark Colwell

* Graduate Faculty

Professor

Shorebird ecology, management of wetlands for shorebirds, refuge design. Courses include: Ornithology, Conservation Biology, Management of Shorebirds, Birds and Human Society.

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Frank Fogarty III

Frank Fogarty III

Lecturer

Avian ecology, passerines, community ecology, point count methods and modeling, Bayesian hierarchical modeling

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Dr. Matt Johnson

Matthew Johnson

* Graduate Faculty

Professor

Wildlife habitat relationships, habitat selection, ecology and conservation of migratory songbirds, tropical wildlife ecology.

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Sharon Kahara

Sharon Kahara

Lecturer & Research Associate

Wetland ecosystem functioning in natural and modified landscapes as well as wetland wildlife use. Past research activities included evaluating impacts of urbanization on aquatic systems in a developing country, and investigating effects of climate and human activities on wetland ecosystem service delivery.

Dr. Nicholas Kerhoulas

Nicholas Kerhoulas

Lecturer

Conservation and management of alpine and arboreal mammals, biogeography, phylogenetics, and conservation genetics. Courses include: Conservation Biology, Management of Mammals.

Dr. Micaela Szykman Gunther

Micaela Szykman Gunther

* Graduate Faculty

Professor

Research interests focus on the behavioral ecology of mammals. Her work is primarily based on field studies and uses naturally occurring variation in wild populations to address testable alternative evolutionary hypotheses in behavioral ecology.

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Ho Yi Wan

Ho Yi Wan

* Graduate Faculty

Assistant Professor

Specializes in Spatial and Landscape Ecology. Research interests include species distribution, habitat selection, movement, connectivity, and landscape genetics. His work applies both field and GIS data with multi-scale, machine learning, simulation, and statistical modeling methods to inform management and conservation.

Adjunct Faculty & Research Associates

Dr. Tim Bean

William "Tim" Bean

* Graduate Faculty

Adjunct Professor

Spatial and landscape ecology, especially in rodents and other small mammals; uniting novel spatial methods in GIS and remote sensing with traditional field work to aid management; historical ecology and wildlife in the humanities; conservation science.

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Dr. Alan Franklin

Alan Franklin

Adjunct Professor

Research interest inclue: Ecology and dynamics of wildlife populations, especially in the context of management and conservation problems (e.g., northern spotted owls), quantitative ecology, and wildlife disease ecology at the wildlife-agricultural interface. Dr. Franklin is a Supervisory Research Biologist and Project Leader at the USDA National Wildlife Research Center, Fort Collins, CO.

Judd Howell bio photo

Judd Howell

Adjunct Faculty

Mammalian population dynamics and management, e.g. tule elk at Point Reyes National Seashore, wildlife-habitat relationships, effects of human activities on biodiversity in coastal ecosystems, raptor migration, effects of wind energy development on birds. Dr Howell is the director of the Patuxent Wildlife Research Center in Laurel, Maryland.

Brian Hudgens, Ph.D.

Brian Hudgens

Adjunct Professor

Quantitative ecology and conservation biology. Integrating field studies with population models to predict population dynamics, disease spread in, and dispersal of rare, threatened and endangered species. Study species include amphibians, birds, birds and carnivores. Dr. Hudgens is a research ecologist at the Institute for Wildlife Studies in Arcata, CA.

Dr. Seafha Ramos

Seafha Ramos

Lecturer & Research Associate

Research interests include small mammal and mesocarnivore ecology, conservation genetics, traditional ecological knowledge in wildlife conservation, human dimensions of wildlife. Course taught: Wildlife Seminar

Dr. Jared Wolfe

Jared Wolfe

Research Associate

Bird ecology, demography and conservation with a focus on temperate and tropical systems in the Americas and Africa. Courses include: Ecology of Upland Habitats, Advanced Ornithology (molts and plumages), Ornithology, and Biogeography of Wildlife.

Steve Zack

Steve Zack

Adjunct Faculty

The effects of fire on bird and small mammal communities, the interaction between snag decay processes and woodpecker foraging and cavity excavation, restoration ecology, the effects of oil development on nesting shorebirds. Dr. Zack is a scientist for the Wildlife Conservation Society and lives in Portland, OR.

William Zielinski

William Zielinski

Associate Faculty

Research interests: carnivore conservation, forest mammals, bats. Dr. Zielinksi is a Research Scientist with the US Forest Service working out of Redwood Sciences Laboratory, Arcata, CA.

Emeritus Faculty

Richard  Botzler, Ph.D.

Richard Botzler

Professor Emeritus

Ecology of Wildlife Diseases, Environmental Ethics

T. Luke George

T. Luke George

Professor Emeritus

Passerine (songbird) ecology, forest management effects on wildlife, forest fragmentation, island bird populations

Richard Golightly

Richard Golightly

Professor Emeritus

Animal energetics, forest carnivore ecology, nesting ecology of Marbled Murrelets.

Ralph Gutierrez

Ralph Gutierrez

Professor Emeritus

Game Bird Ecology, with particular emphasis on the spotted owl; habitat relationships of wildlife with an emphasis on sustainable wildlife management strategies for forest-dwelling species.

David Kitchen

David Kitchen

Professor Emeritus

Ungulate behavior and ecology, wildlife ethology.

Archie Mossman

Archie Mossman

Professor Emeritus

Game Management, Wildlife Utilization and Game Ranching

Staff

Gilly Black, Ph.D.

Gilly Black

Academic Advisor & Lecturer

Gilly Black is the Academic Advisor for first and second year students in the Wildlife, Environmental Science & Management and Forestry departments. Gilly's duties include meeting regularly with students to provide sound advising for course schedules, making recommendations on progress towards degree and helping freshmen and sophomore students to create personalized graduation plans. She can also connect you to relevant and appropriate resources that will help you make the most of your time in college.

Gilly also teaches WLDF 111 - Introduction to Wildlife. This class is open to all students, whether they have declared the Wildlife major or would like to know more about the program, resources and potential careers.

Tamar Danufsky

Tamar Danufsky

Wildlife Museum Curator

As curator of the Wildlife museum, Tamar prepares, catalogs, and maintains bird and mammal specimens and exhibits for classes and research. She also is the primary contact person for oiled birds, and ensures our spill response facility is in a state of readiness.

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Stockroom Manager

  • (707) 826-3460

The Wildlife and Fisheries stockroom is filled with equipment and supplies to support teaching and research such as binoculars and spotting scopes, mammal live-traps, aquatic sampling devices, GPS units, etc. With proper training, many of the items can be checked out to students enrolled is Wildlife classes for individual projects.