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Dan Troxel, Fisheries Biology, 2007 (B.S.), 2010 (M.S.)

Submitted: April 8, 2024

Dan Troxel is an Environmental Scientist for the California Department of Fish & Wildlife based in Arcata, CA, working in the Klamath and Trinity Rivers Program. In the face of Klamath basin dam removal efforts, adaptability is key, but generally speaking, he is responsible for recreational fishery surveys and quota management. He is the lead coordinator for mid-Klamath spawning grounds surveys and is the Salmon Report Card lead, amongst other things. Dan appreciates hiring Cal Poly Humboldt students to give them early career opportunities in fisheries and fieldwork.

Albert Ochoa Castillo, Chemistry, 2022

Submitted: April 4, 2024

Albert researched organic and computational chemistry with Dr. Joshua R. Smith as a student at Cal Poly Humboldt. He focused on designing possible organic photovoltaic (OPV) compounds and using computational methods to characterize their electronic properties and assess their estimated efficiency. Now as a Ph.D. chemistry student at Colorado State University, Albert is enthusiastic to study the fundamentals of plant cryopreservation and the mobility of cryoprotectants within plant cells. He received the 2024 National Science Foundation Graduate Research fellowship.  

Kaelie Peña, Rangeland Resource Science, 2017

Submitted: March 22, 2024

Upon graduation in 2017, Kaelie worked as a Rangeland Management Specialist with the U.S. Forest Service, first in the Bridgeport Ranger District of the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest and then in the Salmon-Cobalt Ranger District of the Salmon-Challis National Forest. In February of 2024, Kaelie accepted the position of Nevada State Coordinator with Pheasants Forever where she will coordinate partnerships amongst NGOs, State, and Federal Agencies across Nevada to accomplish habitat restoration and conservation work.

Sanford "Sandy" Wilbur, Wildlife, 1963

Submitted: March 6, 2024

Sanford "Sandy" Wilbur ('63, Wildlife) just published his second novel, "Vic and Greg: A Wildlife Refuge Romance." Set in southern Idaho in 1965-1966, he describes it as one-quarter birds and wildlife refuges, one-quarter sex, and one-half social commentary. Print copies aren't available yet, but a free full-length PDF can be had by sending a request to

Harry "Corky" Bartley , History, 1966

Submitted: February 6, 2024

Corky always says it's never too late to have fun.  After a career of teaching high school drafting classes, then computer-aided design training for engineers, and then computer-aided Engineering training and support (28 years at Tektronix), Corky retired.  Now, after 10 years of retirement and at 80 years of age, he will be acting in his first play.  He has a small role, George Sillers, in "Inherit the Wind" at Mask&Mirror in Tigard, OR, March 1-17.  If you are in the area, stop by.  His only previous acting experience was as a drill sergeant in the U.S. Army 1968-70.    

Craig Sides, Communication, 1980

Submitted: February 2, 2024

Craig was invited to be a guest on the "Bold Leadership Stories Show," Among all the guests, he, by far, has had the most views! Putting HSU on the map as the owner of Temecula Valley Solar. He thanked Humboldt State on his Facebook page.

Tom Eley, Wildlife, 1969

Submitted: February 2, 2024

Tom is retired from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife.  Now, he is the biologist and cartographer for the Anchorage Waterways Council.

Tara Darlene Smith, English, 2010

Submitted: January 30, 2024

Taraa's memoir essay collection, Sunflowers in Iraq: True Stories of Surviving & Thriving, was published last month. Further information is available on her website:, and she's happy to provide a press release and photos from the book's launch. 

Jess Whatcott, Environment & Community (Social Sciences), 2011

Submitted: January 28, 2024

After completing a Ph.D. at the University of California, Santa Cruz, Jess Whatcott (they/them) became a tenure-track professor in women's, gender, and sexuality studies at San Diego State University. Dr. Whatcott's first academic book about California's history of eugenics and confining disabled people in state institutions will be published by Duke University Press in August 2024.

Abbey Ramirez, Environmental Studies, 2022

Submitted: January 24, 2024

Since graduation, Abbey moved to Sonoma County on Pomo and Coast Miwok land, where she is the Head Gardener for Traditional Medicinals Tea Company (the company that makes Throat Coat!) She tends the educational garden, which serves as an herbal library, displaying many medicinal herbs the company uses in its teas. She is also the zero-waste coordinator working with the environmental department on getting the tea company recertified as a zero-waste facility. Abbey is still working with CCAT as a member of the Steering Committee, and she is always proud to say where her education came from!