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Alumni Updates

Colin Savage, Fisheries Biology , 2018

December 21, 2019

Shortly after graduating, Colin Savage, Fisheries Biology, 2018, started working with Washington Fish and Wildlife as a hatchery specialist. During his senior year he worked in rearing many species of salmonids and White Sturgeon.

Leonard A Brennan, Wildlife , 1984

December 21, 2019

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.

Claudia Carlson Cottrell, Fisheries Biology , 1974

December 21, 2019

In 1991 16 years after graduating from Humboldt State, Claudia Cottrell, Fisheries Biology, 1974, graduated from Northwestern Health Sciences University with a doctorate in Chiropractic. After 23 years of running a human chiropractic practice, she went to Options for Animals School of Animal Chiropractic. She now practices exclusively on horses, dogs, cats, and any other animals that are presented to her. Cottrell, says she feels like she has come full circle. She lives in Duluth, Minnesota (her native state) with her husband, Harry Cottrell, who is a native of Arcata, California, and is also a graduate of Humboldt State. They have two adult sons, have always had pets, and still visit Humboldt County.

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

December 21, 2019

Andre Degeorges, Natural Resources, 1973, is retired and is living on the Eastern Shore of Virginia hunting & fishing. Degeorges has several publications on researchgate.net under his name that are available to download for free. Publications include a seven 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, and development/foreign aid, etc.

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

December 20, 2019

John Hawkins, Upland, 1969, 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, Gary Newman, Environmental Resources Engineering, 1977, went to Utah State University and earned a Masters in Civil and Environmental Engineering. Upon graduation from USU, he was hired by Brown and Caldwell Consulting Engineers (BC), in their Pasadena, California office. Newman has continued working with BC for the past 41 years saying “they have treated me well and provided some wonderful professional opportunities.” His specialty has been wastewater treatment. Besides, Pasadena, he has lived and worked in Salt Lake City, Dallas, Seattle, and now Phoenix. He has also worked on projects in Vancouver, B.C., Washington D.C, New York, Nashville and San Francisco. Newman says he 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, Forestry & Wildland Resources, 1996, began working in the forest industry following graduation.  After several years he returned to school, graduating with a MS in Watershed Science from Colorado State University.  Coe currently works as the Forest Practice Monitoring Coordinator/Hydrologist in CALFIRE’s Watershed Protection Program.  He lives with his wife and two children in Redding, California.

Cristine Gilliland, Natural Resources Minor: Recreation Administration, 1989

December 20, 2019

Cristine Gilliland, Natural Resources, 1989, moved to New York City and worked as the Adult Development & Training Administrator for the Girl Scout Council of Greater New York. She left to become a Senior Administrator for a private independent camp in the Adirondacks. During that time, she worked on her Master of Arts in teaching and biology 7-12 credential.  Gilliland spent the last 20 years in New York teaching science and ecology, in middle schools . She has now retired to Western Washington, where she has been working with the local college in their fish lab. Gilliland says she has mostly been enjoying retirement and exploring her new environment with her adventure cat and kayak.

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

December 20, 2019

Kaelie Pena, Forestry & Wildland Resources, 2017, converted to a full-time permanent position with the Forest Service upon graduating and is coming up on her two year anniversary as a Rangeland Management Specialist with the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest in the Bridgeport Ranger District.

Michael Murdock, Theatre , 1989

December 18, 2019

Michael Murdock, Theatre Arts, 1989, moved back to Los Angeles from the Seattle area to teach high school Drama at a private school for Twice Exceptional (2e) students.

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