Department Chair

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Amy Sprowles

* Graduate Faculty

Department Chair and Associate Professor - Cellular and Molecular Biology

Research Interests: Biochemical regulation of the cellular biology associated with early embryonic development and cancer. Inclusive excellence in STEM education.

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Faculty

Richard Boone

Professor of Botany and Forestry

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Paul Bourdeau

* Graduate Faculty

Associate Professor - Marine Biology and Ecology

Research Interests: How marine organisms respond to environmental change brought about by human activities, such as the introduction of non-native species and climate change.

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Michael Camann

Michael Camann

Professor (FERP) - Zoology and Ecology

Research Interests: Insect community structure and dynamics.

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Sean Craig

* Graduate Faculty

Professor - Zoology and Marine Biology

Research: Population dynamics, ecology and life-history strategies of colonial marine organisms.

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Catalina Cuellar-Gempeler

Catalina Cuellar-Gempeler

* Graduate Faculty

Assistant Professor - Microbiology, Cellular and Molecular Biology, Ecology

Research Interests: Interactions between microbial communities and their hosts. In my lab, we focus on research questions related to microbial metacommunity dynamics, ecosystem function and eco-evolutionary dynamics.

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Dawn Goley

* Graduate Faculty

Professor - Zoology and Marine Biology

Research Interests: Behavioral ecology of marine mammals.

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Terry Henkel

Terry Henkel

* Graduate Faculty

Professor - Botany

Research Interests: Systematics, ecology, and biogeography of tropical macrofungi; tropical rainforest ecology.

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Erik Jules

Erik S. Jules

* Graduate Faculty

Graduate Program Coordinator and Professor - Botany and Ecology

Research Interests: Plant ecology, fire ecology, trophic interaction, invasive species, habitat fragmentation, and environmental history.

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Karen Kiemnec-Tyburczy

Karen Kiemnec-Tyburczy

* Graduate Faculty

Assistant Professor - Cellular and Molecular Biology and Zoology

Research Interests: Evolutionary genetics, chemical communication, evolution of amphibian reproductive behavior and development

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Casey R. Lu

Professor (FERP) - Botany

Research Interests: Heavy metal stress in plants as related to phytoremediation, gravitropism, and science education.

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Sharyn B. Marks

* Graduate Faculty

Professor - Zoology

Research Interests: Herpetology, conservation biology, and evolutionary developmental biology.

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John Reiss

John O. Reiss

* Graduate Faculty

Professor - Zoology

Research Interests: Herpetology, evolutionary and developmental vertebrate morphology, evolutionary theory.

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Frank J. Shaughnessy

Frank J. Shaughnessy

* Graduate Faculty

Professor - Botany and Marine Biology

Research Interests: Population and community ecology of seaweeds and seagrasses, with an emphasis on pursuing studies relevant to marine resource managers. 

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Joe Szewczak

Joe Szewczak

* Graduate Faculty

Professor - Zoology

Research Interests: Comparative physiology, physiological ecology, ecological sensing and monitoring, especially of bats.

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Brian Tissot

Brian Tissot

Professor (FERP) - Marine Biology

Research Interests: Ecology and conservation of marine fishes and invertebrates; fishery management and policy.

Mihai Tomescu

Mihai Tomescu

* Graduate Faculty

Professor - Botany

Research Interests: Plant evolution and phylogeny; evo-devo, paleobotany, and the deep fossil record; early land plants and tracheophytes

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Oscar Vargas

Oscar Vargas

* Graduate Faculty

Assistant Professor Botany

Research Interests: Plant phylogenetics and speciation; diversification in the Californian Floristic Province and the Neotropics; phylogenomics, biogeography, morphological and anatomical evolution. 

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Jacob Varkey (Punnamkuzhyil)

Professor (FERP) - Cellular and Molecular Biology

Research Interests: Genetics of sperm development in the free-living nematode, C. elegans.

Jeffrey White

Jeffrey White

* Graduate Faculty

Professor - Botany | Biogeography | Science Education

Research Interests: Biogeography, Rare Plants, Systematics, Climate Change Education, Media and Communication in Science, STEM learning and Pedagogy.

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Mark Wilson

* Graduate Faculty

Professor - Microbiology and Cellular and Molecular Biology

Research Interests: Using molecular genetics to address environmental questions, particularly questions concerning microbial ecology and diversity.

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Jianmin Zhong

Jianmin Zhong

* Graduate Faculty

Professor - Microbiology and Cellular and Molecular Biology

Research Interests: Using microbiology, molecular biology, biochemistry, and genetic approaches to uncover the nature of the symbiotic relationship between bacterial symbionts and Ixodes pacificus tick host.

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Lecturers

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Marie Antoine M.S.

Lecturer - Botany

Research Interests: bryophytes, lichens, and tall trees from an ecophysiological perspective

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Robin Bencie M.S.

Robin Bencie M.S.

Lecturer - Botany

Research Interests: grasses, flora of northwestern California

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Brigitte Blackman Ph.D.

Lecturer - Biology

Research Interests: Neuronal cell signaling

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Stefani Brandt

Stefani Brandt M.S.

Lecturer - Botany

Research interests: plant-insect coevolution and ecology

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Allison Bronson Ph.D.

* Graduate Faculty

Lecturer - Zoology

Research Interests: Evolutionary morphology and systematics of fossil and living fishes

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Daniel Burrell M.S.

Lecturer - Biology

Research interests: human biology and chemistry.

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Adam Cummings M.S.

Lecturer - Zoology

Mona Giacomini

Mona Giacomini DPT

Lecturer - Zoology

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Antonia Gorog

Antonia Gorog Ph.D.

Lecturer - Mammalogy labs

Research Interests: Mammalogy; phylogenetics, phylogeography, and biogeography; small mammals of Southeast Asia; wildlife conservation in Southeast Asia

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Jennifer Kalt

Jennifer Kalt

Lecturer- Botany and ESM

Master's thesis: Pollination biology of gooseberries. Current research: Water quality, pathogenic bacteria, mercury in fish, dioxins at former lumber mill sites. More info at humboldtbaykeeper.org.

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Jesyka Melendez

Jesyka Melendez

Lecturer

Jane Monroe M.S.

Lecturer - Biology & Zoology

Jonathan Montgomery

Jonathan Montgomery Ph.D.

Lecturer - Botany

Research Interests: Effects of biochar application on plant water use. Turfgrass science.

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Heidi Rutschow

Heidi Rutschow Ph.D.

Lecturer - Biology

Research Interests: Hormone signaling and development in the moss, Physcomitrella patens.

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Roxann Schroeder

Roxann Schroeder Ph.D.

Lecturer - Biology

Research interests: How cells and genes work inside our bodies to influence our health

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Christopher Slay

Christopher Slay Ph.D.

Lecturer - Zoology

Research Interests: Comparative and evolutionary physiology of gas transport.

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Adjunct Faculty & Research Associates

Ethan Gahtan

Professor - Psychobiology

Research Interests: Behavioral neuroscience; neurophysiology; neurological disease models in zebrafish

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Karen Reiss

Karen Reiss

Adjunct Professor- Zoology

Research Interests: Genetic, morphological, and behavioral diversification of Pacific Northwestern chipmunks

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Eve Robinson

Adjunct Professor - Zoology

Research Interests: Biomechanics, marine ecology, larval fish, fluid dynamics, MPAs, bio-physical predator-prey interactions, plankton, ecological modeling

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Joe Tybruczy

Joe Tyburczy

* Graduate Faculty

Adjunct Professor-Marine Biology

Joe Tyburczy is an adjunct at HSU and also California Sea Grant Extension’s northernmost Specialist.

Rick Zechman

Assoc. Dean, CNRS

Emeritus Faculty

Bill Allen

Professor Emeritus - Biology

J. Michael Bowes

Professor Emeritus - Genetics

Milton J. Boyd

Professor Emeritus - Zoology

William Brueske

Professor Emeritus - Zoology

John D. DeMartini

Professor Emeritus - Zoology

Richard Gilchrist

Professor Emeritus - Zoology

Ken Lang

Professor Emeritus - Ecology

David Largent

Professor Emeritus - Mycology

Sue Lee

Professor Emeritus

Jim Lovelace

Professor Emeritus - Botany

Michael R. Mesler

Professor Emeritus - Botany

Edward C. Metz

Professor Emeritus - Zoology

Bruce A. O'Gara

Professor Emeritus - Zoology

Robert A. Rasmussen

Professor Emeritus - Botany

Jr. James P. Smith

Professor Emeritus - Biology

Steven A. Smith

Professor Emeritus - Zoology

Dennis K. Walker

Professor Emeritus - Botany

Jim Waters

Professor Emeritus

Jack Yarnall

Professor Emeritus

Staff

Sarah Bacio

Sarah Bacio

Professional Advisor for first semester Transfer Students

David Baston

Technical

Robin Bencie

Robin M. Bencie

Technical - Botany

Brianne Lee

Brianne Lee

Technical

Lewis McCrigler

Technical

Jesyka Melendez

Technical

Jaclyn Patmore

Technical - Student Assistant

Anna Thaler

Anna Thaler

Professional Advisor

Julie Van Sickle

Assistant Director Redwood Science Project

Terry Wing

Terry Wingenbach

Technical - Botanical Culturist

Susan Wright

Technical