Forever Humboldt

Alumni Updates

Colin Savage, Fisheries Biology , 2018

December 21, 2019

I started working with Washington Fish and Wildlife as a hatchery specialist shortly after graduating. During my last year I have worked in rearing many species of salmonids and White Sturgeon.

Leonard A Brennan, Wildlife , 1984

December 21, 2019

I am in my 19th year as the C.C. Winn Endowed Chair for Quail Research at the Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute, Texas A&M University - Kingsville. My seventh book Quantitative Analyses in Wildlife Science was published by Johns Hopkins University Press this fall, coedited with another Humboldt Alum, Dr. Bruce Marcot.

Claudia Carlson Cottrell, Fisheries Biology , 1974

December 21, 2019

In 1991 16 years after graduating from Humboldt (never having worked in Fisheries Biology), I graduated from Northwestern Health Sciences University with a doctorate in Chiropractic. After 23 years of running a human chiropractic practice, I went to Options for Animals School of Animal Chiropractic. I now practice exclusively on horses, dogs, cats, and whatever else is presented to me (with a spine, of course). So I feel like I have come full circle, in a way. I live in Duluth MN (my native state) withe my husband, Harry Cottrell, who is a native of Arcata, CA, also a graduate of Humboldt. We have two adult sons, and have always had pets, of course. We still visit Humboldt County.

Andre Degeorges, Natural Resources Dr. Technology, Natural Resources, Tshwane University of Technology, 1973

December 21, 2019

Retired living on the Eastern Shore of Virginia hunting & Fishing. Go to ResearchGate under my name and download for free a 7 volume book on conservation & development in Sub-Saharan Africa, one on the Taliban, many peer reviewed documents, gray literature & PowerPoint presentations on coral reefs, community based natural resource management (CBNRM), dams, wildlife management & hunting issues, development/foreign aid, etc.

John R. Hawkins, Forestry & Wildland Resources AA Fire Science, Butte Community College, 1969

December 20, 2019

John Hawkins retired from CAL FIRE in December 2018 after serving 55 fire seasons and finishing his career for the last 12 years as the CAL FIRE Riverside Unit/Riverside County Fire Department Fire Chief. Hawkins commanded many of California’s major fires over his career, served as a Type 1 Incident Commander on 3 teams and an Operations Section Chief on a federal Type 1 team. Hawkins was recognized as a Certified Fire Chief and graduated from the National Fire Academy Executive Fire Officer Program. He is living in SoCal and working part-time as a Wildland Fire Consultant for the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

GARY NEWMAN, Environmental Resources Engineering , 1977

December 20, 2019

After graduation from HSU I went to Utah State for a Masters in Civil and Environmental Engineering. Upon graduation from USU, I was hired by Brown and Caldwell Consulting Engineers (BC), in their Pasadena, CA office. I have continued working with BC for the past 41 years. They have treated me well and provided some wonderful professional opportunities. My specialty has been wastewater treatment.Besides, Pasadena, I’ve lived and worked in Salt Lake City, Dallas, Seattle, and now Phoenix. I’ve also participated on projects in Vancouver,B.C., Washington D.C, New York, Nashville, San Francisco, to name a few. I will be mostly retiring in the next year or so but will continue working part-time.

Drew Coe, Forestry & Wildland Resources , 1996

December 20, 2019

Drew Coe worked for forest industry following graduation.  After several years he returned to school, graduating with a MS in Watershed Science from Colorado State University.  Drew currently works at as the Forest Practice Monitoring Coordinator/Hydrologist in CALFIRE’s Watershed Protection Program.  He lives with his wife and two children in Redding, CA.

Cristine Gilliland, Natural Resources Minor: Recreation Administration, 1989

December 20, 2019

From Humboldt, I mined to New York City, quite a change, where I first worked as the Adult Development & Training Administrator for the Girl Scout Council of Greater NY. I left to become a Senior Administrator for a private independent camp in the Adirondacks. During that time, I worked on my Master of Arts in Teaching & a Biology 7-12 credential. I spent my last 20 years in NY teaching Science, Ecology, in middle schools . I have now retired to Western Washington, where I have been working with the local college in their fish lab. Mostly, though, have been enjoying retirement and exploring my new environment with my adventure cat and kayak.

Kaelie Pena, Forestry & Wildland Resources Rangeland Resource Science, 2017

December 20, 2019

converted to a full-time permanent position with the Forest Service upon graduation and is coming up on her two year anniversary as a Rangeland Management Specialist with the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest on the Bridgeport Ranger District.

Michael Murdock, Theatre , 1989

December 18, 2019

I moved back to Los Angeles from the Seattle area to teach HS Drama at a private school for Twice Exceptional (2e) students.