Michael Camann Ph.D.

Professor Emeritus - Zoology and Ecology

Mike was born in Elberton, Georgia. He studied biological science at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, and received his PhD in entomology from the University of Georgia in 1995. He joined the faculty at Humboldt in 1997.

Research Interests are Insect community structure and dynamics.


BS (1989) George Mason University
PhD (1995) University of Georgia

Courses Taught

Principles of Zoology
Freshwater Invertebrates
General Entomology
Insect Ecology


My interests focus upon insect ecology at community and ecosystem scales. I'm interested in insect assemblage structure, how external forces influence insect community structure, especially anthropogenic land use and disturbance, and how insect community structure influences ecosystem processes such as organic detritus processing and nutrient mobilization. I approach these questions on several fronts, including forest canopy insect ecology, forest soil microarthropods, and freshwater macroarthropod ecology. I am also interested in developing site-specific biomonitoring protocols in Northern California.


  • Rappaport, N., M. A. Camann, and K. L. Lamoncha. Response of forest soil Acari to prescribed fire following stand structure manipulation in the southern Cascade range. Pedobiologia (in review).
  • Camann, M. A., K. L. Lamoncha, and N. J. Plant.(2001) Acari and Collembola at Black Mountain Experimental Forest: an interim report on community structure and prescribed fire effects. USDA Forest Service PSW Research Station Rep.
  • Camann, M. A., K. L. Lamoncha, and C. B. Jones. (2000) Old-growth redwood forest canopy arthropod prey base for arboreal wandering salamanders: A report prepared for the Save-the-Redwoods League
  • Skillen, Elizabeth L., M. A. Camann, C. Wayne Berisford, and Richard C. Reardon. (1998) Semiochemicals of Forest and Shade Tree Insects in North America: A Review of Their Current Status. USDA Forest Service Res. Rep.

Graduate Students

Former students: Heather Beeler, Michael Brady, Stefani Brandt, Melissa Dean, Julia Everta, Laura Hagenauer, Erin Hannelly, Mason London, Katelyn Ludwig, Jane Monroe, John Welsh