LAB DIRECTOR: Laurie Richmond

Dr. Laurie Richmond is an associate professor in the Department of Environmental Science & Management at HSU. She received her PhD in Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology from the University of Minnesota in 2011. She then worked for two years as a social scientist for NOAA Fisheries prior to coming to HSU. She is an avid surfer and fisherman. She loves exploring the rocky shores of the North Coast looking for waves, food, and vistas.


Sam Cook

Samantha_Cook_PhotoProject: Assessing California commercial fishing community well-being in the context of Marine Protected Area formation

Fishing community well-being in California is affected by regulatory, environmental, and socioeconomic factors. Marine protected areas (MPAs) are one of the many influences that affect fishery health. Sam’s project will assess California commercial fishing community well-being in the context of MPAs through the development of a long-term socioeconomic monitoring and assessment program.

Zane Eddy

Project: On the management of urban beavers in Martinez, CAeddy

Beavers provide a myriad of ecosystem benefits that can help to mitigate the damaging effects of climate change, but when they come into contact with humans, they are often viewed as a nuisance. In California, the most common management solution is lethal management, but in 2007, Martinez, CA, decided to coexist with a family of beavers that had moved into the Alhambra Creek that runs through town. My research examines the various management decisions considered by city managers and how these management decisions relate to statewide policy.


Kristen Orth-Gordinier

Project: Social science research to advance regional coordination and collaboration of sea level rise adaptation and planning on Humboldt Bay


The Humboldt Bay region has been challenged in maintaining regional-level planning to address sea level rise impacts that cross jurisdictional boundaries. Kristen’s project aims to conduct social science research to inform and advance the development of an inclusive regional forum for coordination and collaboration related to sea level rise.




Ciara Emery

ciaraThesis Title:  Bringing climate change home to meet your community: stakeholder perceptions of offshore wind energy in Humboldt County, California

Where Are They Now? Field Representative for Congressman Jared Huffman (CA-02) in Humboldt, Del Norte, and Trinity counties.

Kristina Kunkel


Thesis Title: Exploring community knowledge and perceptions of flooding and sea-level rise in King Salmon, California

Where Are They Now? California State Sea Grant Fellow at the California State Lands Commission


Robert Dumouchel


Thesis Title: Fishing community capitals & regulatory ghosts: Planning for sustainability in Eureka, California

Where Are They Now? Planner at the City of Eureka


Laura Casali 


Thesis Title: The role of social capital in fishing community sustainability: case of Shelter Cove, CA

Where Are They Now? Working for the environmental consulting firm Strategic Earth


Wyatt Smith

wyattThesis Title: Evaluating socioeconomic dimensions for a resilient shellfish mariculture industry in Humboldt Bay: Assessing the strengths, vulnerabilities, and potential of Humboldt’s expanding industry

Where Are They Now? Hiking from Mexico to Canada


Kelda Britton


Thesis Title: Dinjik enjit nerrzhrii (we are hunting for moose): an evaluation of tribal co-management in the Yukon flats, interior Alaska

Where Are They Now? Teaching at Round Valley School District


Kara Simpson

KaraThesis Title: Overlooked fisheries of Baduwa’t: An oral history study exploring the environmental and cultural histories of eulachon and Pacific lamprey in the Mad River basin, a Wiyot watershed

Where Are They Now?: Owner of a wellness business


Lucia Ordonez-Gauger

Thesis Titlucia_fishle: Assessing Fishermen’s Perceptions of the Ecology and Management of the California North Coast Marine Protected Area Network

Where are they now? Working as a research assistant at San Diego State University on a project collecting local ecological knowledge from commercial fishermen.

Emma Lundberg

Thesis TiEBTtle: Using Q methodology to examine socioecological dimensions of conflict in the Trinity Alps Wilderness, California

Where are they now? PhD program at University of Rhode Island





Trinity is a hound mix with a nose for food. She enjoys eating
berries and fruits off the tree, stealing other people’s lunches, running on the beach, lying the sun, and lounging by the wood stove. She is named after a local river – one of the most beautiful in the world.

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