Forever Humboldt

Alumni Updates

Bill Ramos, Forestry & Wildland Resources, 1980

Submitted: January 9, 2021

Bill Ramos has been re-elected to his second term as Representative in the Washington State House.

Patrick Murphy, Environmental Science & Management, 2013

Submitted: December 15, 2020

Patrick Murphy has been working for the Orange County Water District for the past 6 years. His job consists of water quality monitoring through the sampling and water quality data analysis of many groundwater and surface water sites. Murphy has also recently obtained a MS in Environmental Studies from California State University, Fullerton.

Jason Atherton, Communication, 2009

Submitted: December 14, 2020

After graduating HSU in 2009, Jason went to graduate school at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, MI. He lived with his HSU classmate while studying Educational Leadership and Policy. After completing his Masters degree, Jason held positions at universities in Florida, Michigan, and Utah. In 2019, Jason won Outstanding Academic Advisor for the local, state, and national advising conferences. He now lives in Salt Lake City and works with two other HSU Alumni who share his same birthday. Jason appreciates how ahead HSU was in diversity and social justice issues and is amazed how conversations that were happening in Arcata 10 years ago are now in public discourse. Go Jacks!

Tyler Smurr, Forestry & Wildland Resources, 1995

Submitted: December 11, 2020

Tyler Smurr worked for Sierra Pacific Industries for two years after graduation and then moved to Texas to get married and start a family. He went back to school and got his masters in Education Leadership and Policy Studies. He is currently a Vice Principal at an Elementary school in San Antonio, Texas.

Michael Tuffly, Forestry & Wildland Resources, 1988

Submitted: December 11, 2020

Tuffly got a BS in Forestry in 1988 and a MS in Natural Resources in 1995 both from HSU. He has worked for various State, Federal, and NGO’s over the years. He completed a Ph.D. in Forest Science from Colorado State University in 2012. He has his own consulting business ERIA Consultants, LLC and lives is Boulder, Colorado. He consults to private and public entities all over the world on forest carbon sequestration, wildfire mitigation and assessment, and various wildlife habitat enhancements. For the past ten years he has been climbing 14,000+ foot peaks in Colorado with two other HSU alumni.

Gary Coyne, Oceanography, 1973

Submitted: December 11, 2020

Gary Coyne worked for 40 years as a scientific glassblower, with over 30 years at Cal State University, Los Angeles. While working at CSULA He wrote the book "The Laboratory Companion" and had a wonderful career helping to make both glass apparatus used in general labs and many one-of-a-kind apparatus used by chemists, geologist, biologist, and physicist. He retired in 2015 and since then has gone deeper in his hobby of woodworking and has spent more time on his bike. He also helps Adobe in their forums answering questions on things like Lightroom, Photoshop, Acrobat and other related programs. In addition he still provides support to the national organization ASGS (American Scientific Glassblowers Society).

Don Treasure, Wildlife, 1974

Submitted: December 11, 2020

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.

Deanna Claire Dick, Zoology, 1964

Submitted: December 11, 2020

Deanna Dick had a 30 year career in Clinical Laboratory Science working in hospital and outpatient laboratories in California and Washington. She retired from Humboldt Central Laboratory in 2000, but then went back in 2016. She worked for United Indian Health Services traveling from Arcata to Wichepec, Klamath and Fortuna. She retired again in 2018.

Charles Lamb, Biological Sciences, 1983

Submitted: December 11, 2020

After graduation from HSU, Charles Lamb completed a Ph.D. in Neurophysiology at Louisiana State University in 1991. During his doctoral studies he spent one year conducting research at Kagoshima University School of Dentistry in Kagoshima, Japan. He then completed a postdoctoral research fellowship at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center from 1991-1995. Since 1995, he has been a faculty member at Black Hills State University in Spearfish, South Dakota. His positions there have included Professor of Biology, Chair of the School of Natural Sciences, and Chief Research Officer for the university.

Robert Miller, Oceanography, 1984

Submitted: December 11, 2020

Robert Miller is the Co-owner and CFO of Sea Dwelling Creatures, Inc. ( and founder of The Coral Ark (