Publications and achievements submitted by our faculty, staff, and students.

Student Melody Tew, Nicole Rahman-Garnier, Jordyn Neal Biological Sciences Several Cal Poly Humboldt students were recognized at the annual conference for the American Society of Ichthyologists & Herpetologists.

Biology Graduate Student Melody Tew received the Raney and Hubbs awards and presented her research on the developmental origins of White Sturgeon scales.

Biology Graduate Student Nicole Rahman-Garnier received the Cashner and Raney awards and presented her research on the olfactory (scent-sensing) anatomy of local Rainbow Trout.

Recent Marine Biology graduate Jordyn Neal received the Clark Hubbs award and presented her research on the comparative anatomy of the skulls and inner ears of sharks, using high-resolution CT scanning.

Submitted: August 5, 2022

Student Club Hannah Cornwell (the PreMed Society student President) Biological Sciences PreMed and PreVet Society students organized an event called Intro To Suturing Workshop on April 25. They invited Dr. Bret Gorham from Providence St. Joseph Hospital and Dr. Ellie Carrier from North Coast Veterinary Hospital. The workshop lasted 2 hours long (much longer than the scheduled one hour) and provided hands-on training to ~25 students on suturing skills. The workshop encourages interest in pursuing healthcare careers.

Submitted: April 30, 2022

Faculty Roxann Schroeder Biological Sciences

Roxann Schroeder, lecturer in Biology and ESM, has written an online textbook, Human Genetics: Understanding How Genes Work, to support students in the Human Genetics class.

Submitted: February 21, 2022

Student Frank Shaughnessy, Susannah Ferson, Adam Frimodig, Daniel Barton, Mathew Hurst, Jeffrey Black Biological Sciences

Students and faculty from several departments have been studying the effects that grazing by brant geese have on a widespread marine plant, eelgrass, which provides numerous ecosystem services within estuaries. Using an experimental approach, they found that brant enable greater productivity and sexual reproduction of eelgrass, therefore potentially contributing to ecosystem resilience.…

Submitted: August 31, 2021

Faculty John Reiss and Karen Kiemnec-Tyburczy Biological Sciences

John Reiss and Karen Kiemnec-Tyburczy have been awarded a 3-year National Science Foundation (Division of Integrative Organismal Systems) grant to study the evolution of olfaction across multiple species of lungless salamanders with different developmental modes.

Submitted: March 15, 2021

Faculty Catalina Cuellar-Gempeler Biological Sciences

Catalina Cuellar-Gempeler earned the NSF Career award, one of the most prestigious awards offered by NSF.

Submitted: February 15, 2021

Student Karley Rojas Biological Sciences

Undergraduate Karley Rojas (Botany) has received a science fellowship from the Agricultural Research Institute for their proposed study of native plants that have the potential to be utilized in the context of agroecosystem building as consistent with regional TEK. They will be working with their mentors Dr.Buddhika Madurapperuma and Craig Benson.

Submitted: February 15, 2021

Faculty Karen Kiemnec-Tyburczy Biological Sciences

Karen Kiemnec-Tyburczy and co-authors published a paper "A New Perspective on Female-to-Male Communication in Salamander Courtship" in Integrative and Comparative Biology. The paper can be viewed at

Submitted: October 23, 2020

Faculty Eve Robinson and Nicholas Som Biological Sciences

Eve Robinson (Department of Biological Sciences) and Nicholas Som (Department of Fisheries Biology; USFWS) co-authored an article in the North American Journal of Fisheries Management, titled "Prevalence of infection in hatchery-origin Chinook Salmon correlates with abundance of Ceratonova shasta spores: implications for management and disease risk”.  Their research was motivated by questions the State raised about potential linkages between hatchery fish and disease risk, and results from this work were published earlier this year in time to be used by decision-makers in timing the release of hatchery smolts in the Klamath River.

Submitted: October 22, 2020

Faculty Oscar Vargas Biological Sciences

Oscar Vargas, Assistant Professor at the Department of Biological Sciences, published a paper in the journal Evolution:"Patterns of speciation are similar across mountainous and lowland regions for a Neotropical plant radiation (Costaceae: Costus)"

Submitted: October 15, 2020

Faculty Catalina Cuellar-Gempeler, Marissa Monaco, Eric Malekos, Dan Perez-Sornia, Jose Alejandro Bravo Biological Sciences

Presented at American Naturalist Meeting 2020 in Monterey, CA.

Submitted: March 5, 2020

Faculty Karen Kiemnec-Tyburczy Biological Sciences

Received a research grant from Save the Redwoods League to study the genetic diversity and abundance of Southern Torrent Salamanders in Redwood State and National Parks.

Submitted: February 6, 2020

Faculty Karen Kiemnec-Tyburczy Biological Sciences

Received a Bureau of Land Management CESU Award to study the impact of newt predation on endangered California Red-legged frogs.

Submitted: February 6, 2020

Student Luisa Segovia Biological Sciences

Received a 2019 CSU-LSAMP at HSU Summer Research Experience Award to conduct research on immunogenetics of invasive frogs with Karen Kiemnec-Tyburczy (Biological Sciences).

Submitted: August 30, 2019

Faculty Jianmin Zhong Biological Sciences

Jianmin Zhong, Ph. D. published a manuscript on the journal of "Ticks and tick-borne diseases" in May 2019. The title of the manuscript is "Isolation and characterization of a Rickettsia from the ovary of a Western black-legged tick, Ixodes pacificus". In addition, there are 10 HSU undergraduate and graduate students as coauthors on the manuscript. Zhong is proud of students' achievements at HSU.

Submitted: May 15, 2019

Faculty Jianmin Zhong Biological Sciences

Published paper in Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases: Isolation and Characterization of a Rickettsia from the Ovary of a Western Black-legged Tick, Ixodes pacificus

Submitted: May 9, 2019

Student Clare O'Connell Biological Sciences

Received a grant from Friends of the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument

Submitted: April 23, 2019

Student Stella Yuan Biological Sciences

Received grant from American Society of Mammalogist Grant-in-Aid of Research Grant

Submitted: April 18, 2019

Faculty Mihai Tomescu (with A. Elgorriaga, I.H. Escapa, G.W. Rothwell, N.R. Cuneo) Biological Sciences

Published paper "Origin of Equisetum: Evolution of horsetails (Equisetales) within the major euphyllophyte clade Sphenopsida"

Submitted: April 17, 2019

Student Saskia Raether (co-author: Shaughnessy, F.J.) Biological Sciences


Submitted: February 2, 2019