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Alumni Updates

James A Seward, Oceanography , 2016

January 26, 2018

James A Seward, Oceanography, 2016, was an environmental services intern for California Coastal Conservancy from July 2017 to January 2018. He is currently a technician with the Central & Northern California Ocean Observing System (CeNCOOS).

Karlee Jewell, International Studies , 2015

January 24, 2018

Karlee Jewell, International Studies, 2015, is a Local Americorps Member who was recently recognized alongside thirty young people, ages 30 and under, by the North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE). The EE 30 Under 30 highlights the work of young professionals of various backgrounds, ethnicities, genders, and communities around the globe who are using education to help protect the environment. The program was started by a partnership between NAAEE and the US Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS). For more information visit:
http://www.naaee.org/our-work/programs/ee-30-under-30

Shad Scalvini, Wildlife , 2003

January 10, 2018

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.

Megan Jones Patterson, Wildlife , 2006

December 11, 2017

Megan Jones Patterson, Wildlife, 2006, recently completed her PhD in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology in Emily DuVal’s lab at Florida State University.  Her research focused on the costs and benefits of male cooperative display behavior in White-ruffed Manakins—a small bird living in mid-elevations in Central America.  She continues her work as a staff scientist and science educator with the National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON).

RAY CHIPS, History , 1969

December 11, 2017

Ray Chips, History, 1969, was named one of Pepperdine University’s “40 over 40” recognition recipients:
https://www.pepperdine.edu/alumni/40over40/. He is thankful for the support and academic success he received at HSU, which provided the foundation for his academic and professional future.

Ruben Isaí Madriz Villanueva, PhD, Biological Sciences , 2007

December 7, 2017

After graduating from Humboldt State in 2007 (B.S. in Biology & Zoology), R. Isaí Madriz, Biological Sciences, 2007, embarked on a two-year-long bicycle trip through the Americas during which he rode from Chicago to the southern tip of South America, volunteering along the way at wildlife rehabilitation centers and parks. He then attended UNAM in Mexico City and received a master’s degree in Electronmicroscopy. In 2011 he married HSU alum, Kristina Lindsay (2006, Women’s Studies) and they moved from California to Iowa where he earned a Ph.D. in Entomology from Iowa State. He and Kristina are currently living in Patagonia, Chile where he is a Fulbright-National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellow focused on rare insects.

Emily Murphy, Other- Ethno-botanical Resources from within the Natural Resource Dept., 1997

November 27, 2017

Emily Murphy, Natural Resources Planning & Interpretation, 1997, was raised in Arcata and attended Pacific Union and Arcata High. Her first book, “Grow What You Love,” will be released March 1, 2018. 

Benjamin J. Crain, Biological Sciences , 2008

November 8, 2017

Benjamin Crain, Biological Sciences, 2008, recently took a position as an Ecologist with the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center and the North American Center for Orchid Conservation. With a diverse group of collaborators, he conducts research in the Republic of Palau where they study the diversity and distribution of orchids, monitors their dynamics in the Ngardok Nature Reserve, and studies the fundamental ecology of orchids by looking at their relationship with mycorrhizal fungi. The team’s goals are to improve knowledge and increase awareness of orchid diversity in Palau, understand the ecology of these plants, and develop strategic plans for conservation and restoration of orchid species and their habitats.

Todd M. Thompson, Environmental Resources Engineering , 1992

October 18, 2017

Todd M. Thompson, Environmental Resources Engineering, 1992, is an experienced Senior Water Resources Engineer with the Department of Water Resources. He’s currently, the DWR lead for validated water loss audit reporting.

Tai-Aqua Morgan-Marbet, Environmental Resources Engineering Economics, 2010

September 27, 2017

Tai-Aqua Morgan-Marbet, Environmental Resources Engineering, 2010, started in 2012 working for Lincoln and Long Engineering in Grass Valley, CA. She still works for them here and there as they need help. She then worked for AM Baird Engineering and Surveying in Fortuna, CA from 2013 to 2014. She worked for LACO Associates in Eureka, CA from 2014 to 2016. Finally, she is currently working for Kolstad Land Surveying and has started her own firm, Lost Coast Engineering, with two other engineers (an HSU graduate and a UC Berkeley graduate).

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