Alumni Updates

Sara Dykman, 2008

Dykman’s first book ‘Bicycling with Butterflies’ has been published. She describes it as part science, part adventure, part love letter to nature. It tells the story of her 10,201 mile bicycle adventure following the monarchs from Mexico to Canada and back in 2017. Those interested can learn more about her book at https://www.workman.com/products/bicycling-with-butterflies. They can also learn more about her organization and tour at http://www.beyondabook.org. If anyone is interested in reading and reviewing, some Advanced Reader Copies will be available soon.

Submitted: February 12, 2021
 

Dan Severson, 1985, 1987

Severson spent 39 years working for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, on eight national wildlife refuges in California, Oregon, South Dakota, Kansas, and North Dakota as Wildlife Biologist, Asst. Refuge Manager and the last 12 years as a project leader over a complex of refuges and wetland management districts in North Dakota. He retired January 1, 2021 and will spend retirement golfing, hunting, fishing, and woodworking.  He lives in Jamestown, North Dakota and has three daughters and three grandchildren.

Submitted: February 12, 2021
 

Don Treasure, 1974

Don Treasure spent 37 years working for and with the federal government as a Biological Technician, Environmental Protection Specialist, and Environmental Specialist. He is now fully retired.

Submitted: December 11, 2020
 

Daniel Zevin, 1988

After graduating, Daniel Zevin’s, Wildlife, 1988, career took many twists & turns. He is currently getting back to his wildlife roots assisting UC Berkeley’s Fung Fellowship launch a new, biodiversity-focused Conservation + Tech undergraduate training program. Zevin also serves as an Advisory Group member for the Climate Readiness Institute, and previously spent three years as Program Director at NatureBridge, five years as Project Manager/Associate Zoologist with The Nature Conservancy of Hawaii, and two years as a Research Assistant supporting captive breeding programs at the LA Zoo. There’s also an 11 year career at UC Berkeley’s Space Sciences Laboratory, plus two more gigs that just won’t fit smile. What a long strange trip it’s been!

Submitted: May 17, 2020
 

Daniel Zevin, 1988

After graduating, Daniel Zevin’s, Wildlife, 1988, career took many twists & turns. He is currently getting back to his wildlife roots assisting UC Berkeley’s Fung Fellowship launch a new, biodiversity-focused Conservation + Tech undergraduate training program. Zevin also serves as an Advisory Group member for the Climate Readiness Institute, and previously spent three years as Program Director at NatureBridge, five years as Project Manager/Associate Zoologist with The Nature Conservancy of Hawaii, and two years as a Research Assistant supporting captive breeding programs at the LA Zoo. There’s also an 11 year career at UC Berkeley’s Space Sciences Laboratory, plus two more gigs that just won’t fit smile. What a long strange trip it’s been!

Submitted: May 17, 2020
 

Leonard A Brennan, 1984

Leonard A Brennan, Wildlife, 1984, is in his 19th year as the C.C. Winn Endowed Chair for Quail Research at the Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute, Texas A&M University - Kingsville. His seventh book, Quantitative Analyses in Wildlife Science, was published by Johns Hopkins University Press this fall, and was co-edited with another Humboldt Alumnus, Dr. Bruce Marcot.

Submitted: December 21, 2019
 

David J. Lenhart, 1956

David J. Lenhart, Wildlife Management, 56, passed away on February 7, 2019 at the age of 88 in Portland, Oregon. Upon graduating Lenhart started his career with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at Umatilla, Oregon working with waterfowl. He later transferred to the Division of River Basin Studies, in Portland, Oregon. During his career he worked on projects in Washington, Oregon and California. He later served as Branch Chief of Environmental Contaminants in the USFWS’ Regional Office in Portland. He retired after 33 years of dedicated service.

Submitted: October 14, 2019
 

John Swancara, 1982

John Swancara, Wildlife, 1982, has spent over 30 years pioneering reverse osmosis water treatment systems for homes and commercial applications. He pioneered small bottled water plants for small businesses. Currently he is the lead sales engineer for American Beer Equipment in Lincoln, Nebraska designing micro-breweries. John has authored several articles on water treatment.

Submitted: September 24, 2019
 

Joyce Schlachter, 1994

Joyce Schlachter, Wildlife, 1994, has retired after 26 years with the Federal government, working as a wildlife biologist. Joyce is enjoying her freedom and continues to volunteer with Project Wildlife, rehabilitating bats. Joyce says “thanks HSU for the best years of my life!”

Submitted: August 7, 2019
 

Jason Storlie, 2007

Jason Storlie, Wildlife, 2007, transitioned from wildlife biologist to manager of Bitter Creek and Blue Ridge National Wildlife Refuges.

Submitted: June 20, 2019
 

Thomas Eley, 1969 and 1975

Thomas Eley, Wildlife, 1969, worked for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as a Refuge Manager and Refuge Officer.  He is now retired and lives in Alaska.

Submitted: April 12, 2019
 

Carl S. Chavez, 1966

Carl S. Chavez, Wildlife, 1966, retired in 1998 after a 33-year with California State Parks.  Among his many assignments, he was Superintendent of Humboldt Redwoods State Park from 1979-87 as well as all the other redwood parks south of Eureka.  In 1985 he was named the department’s first Superintendent of the Year.  Leaving the redwoods he was appoint Northern Regional Director and later Northern Division Chief.  He authored “A Pathway Through Parks” and co-authored with his wife Margaret (Class of 1966), “A Year in Bodie 1966-1967.” He retired to Graeagle near Plumas-Eureka State Park, a unit he once managed.  Presently he is President of the Board of the Feather River Land Trust.

Submitted: February 1, 2019
 

Paula Golightly, 1982

Paula Golightly, Wildlife, 1982, has worked for the US Fish and Wildlife Service for 24 years working to restore aquatic and terrestrial habitats for fish and wildlife primarily on private lands in Humboldt County California through voluntary programs within the agency. She was recently promoted to Regional Coordinator for the Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program covering Idaho, Oregon, Washington and the Pacific Islands and is now based out of Portland Oregon.

Submitted: January 14, 2019
 

Dylan Karl, 2016

Dylan Karl, Wildlife, 2016, completed two years of service as a Peace Corps environment volunteer in Guyana, South America. Karl volunteered as a community conservation promotor. Now that his service is complete, he is looking into going to Bowling Green State University for its Leisure and Tourism program.

Submitted: November 9, 2018
 

Christine Messer, 2013

Christine Messer (Orlowski), Wildlife, 2013, worked for the California Department of Food and Agriculture before deciding to continue her education. She obtained a Master’s degree in Environmental Studies from California State University Fullerton in 2017. While completing her graduate degree she simultaneously worked for the County of Santa Barbara in the Sustainability Division. She currently works for the City of Lompoc as the city’s recycling coordinator. She married Kirk Messer (’11, Biology, Zoology) in October 2017. They live in Santa Maria, California and recently returned to HSU for a visit after five years away.

Submitted: November 7, 2018
 

Sanford "Sandy" Wilbur, 1963

Sanford “Sandy” Wilbur, Wildlife, 1963, has just published his latest book, “Semi-Rough: A North Country Journal,” about living off the grid in far northern New Hampshire. It has several wildlife, weather, environment, and people stories from the North Country. It’s available as a free pdf if you write to him at symbios@condortales.com.

Submitted: July 11, 2018
 

David, 1983

Dave Feliz, Wildlife, 1983, is the Reserve Manager for the Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve in Monterey County, California. This is one of 30 Reserves around the nation, set up to conduct research, habitat restoration and education on lands adjacent to and including estuarine habitats. These are all state/federal partnerships with the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) partnering with state entities. The state partner at the Elkhorn Slough is the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. Dave has been working for the Department since 1984, managing lands in various parts of California.

Submitted: July 6, 2018
 

Jeffrey Rich, 1983

Jeffrey Rich, Wildlife, 1983, has a new book out, “Bald Eagles in The Wild”: http://www.jeffrichphoto.com

Submitted: June 4, 2018
 

Bill (Sharky) London, 1985

Bill (Sharky) London, Wildlife, 1985, recently retired from the Idaho Fish & Game after 32 years. The education, experiences, and guidance that he received at HSU made this fulfilling career possible. 
As a Conservation Officer, he patrolled vast wildernesses on horseback, boated rivers, chased poachers, taught kids to camp, hunt & fish, trapped deer, surveyed big game and sage grouse, electroshocked fish, flew game counts, and dealt with lions and bears in town.  It was an adventure. In 2004 promoted to District CO and worked from the Owyhee canyonlands to the Sawtooth Wilderness with an amazing group of officers. He recruited at HSU for 13 years to bring the best to Idaho. He is married (Shannon), together we have 5 children.

Submitted: February 14, 2018
 

Shad Scalvini, 2003

Shad Scalvini, Wildlife, 2003, previously worked for Green Diamond Timber and several consultants as a wildlife technician. Scalvini currently works as the lead Wildlife Biologist for Mendocino Redwood company (MRC) since 2012 and is in charge of the Northern Spotted owl program. Scalvini has also started a mutual program with the wildlife 311 techniques class where they hold their field trip on MRC property at Rockport Beach. We have conducted small mammal trapping, songbird, bat, & small owl mist-netting, track-plates, telemetry, herpetology surveys, etc. The last one that was held this fall, we saw an otter family, peregrine falcons, Barred owls, numerous songbirds, & 6 bat species amongst many other wildlife species.

Submitted: January 10, 2018