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.
CURRENT GRADUATE STUDENTS:
Project: Perceptions of trail safety in Humboldt County, California:
An analysis of public safety concerns and factors that impact trail use
My research interests are very diverse, and I’m working to refine my focus as a graduate student – broadly speaking, I’m interested in the connections between humans and their environment in extremely ecologically important rivers and estuarine systems of the north coast, and the practical management needs of these amazing places.
Project: 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.
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.
Nayre Herrera (she/her)
Project: Student Research Assistant HSU Sea Level Rise Initiative
Nayre is currently majoring in Environmental Science & Management: Planning and Policy with a minor in Waste Resource Policy. Nayre has an interest in working directly with local communities and public officials to develop community-based solutions that address environmental justice issues that have been exacerbated by the impacts of climate change.
Zane Eddy (MS)
Thesis Title: On the management of urban beavers in Martinez, CA
Bente Jansen (BS – ESM)
Where Are They Now? Planner at the California Coastal Commission – North Coast Office
Mikayla Kia (BS – ESM)
Where are They Now? Graduate program at University of Hawaii, Hilo in Heritage Management
Ciara Emery (MA)
Where Are They Now? Field Representative for Congressman Jared Huffman (CA-02) in Humboldt, Del Norte, and Trinity counties.
Kristina Kunkel (MS)
Where Are They Now? California State Sea Grant Fellow at the California State Lands Commission
Robert Dumouchel (MS)
Where Are They Now? City Manager Homer, AK
Laura Casali (MS)
Where Are They Now? Contractor for National Marine Fisheries Service
Wyatt Smith (MA)
Thesis 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 (MA)
Where Are They Now? Teaching at Round Valley School District
Kara Simpson (MA)
Where Are They Now?: Owner of a wellness business
Lucia Ordonez-Gauger (MS)
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 (MA)
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.