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: 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: On the management of urban beavers in Martinez, CA
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.
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.
Project: Student research assistant on MPA Human Uses Project
Mikayla is an undergraduate student double majoring in Environmental Science and Management and International Studies. From the Big Island of Hawai’i, Mikayla has worked as a ranger intern at Kaloko-Honokōhau National Historical Park to educate people about the rich cultural history of fishing in Native Hawaiian communities. She brings this unique understanding of human-environment relationships to the assessment of socioeconomic monitoring of the California commercial fishing community in marine protected areas.
Where Are They Now? Field Representative for Congressman Jared Huffman (CA-02) in Humboldt, Del Norte, and Trinity counties.
Where Are They Now? California State Sea Grant Fellow at the California State Lands Commission
Where Are They Now? City Manager Homer, AK
Where Are They Now? Contractor for National Marine Fisheries Service
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
Where Are They Now? Teaching at Round Valley School District
Where Are They Now?: Owner of a wellness business
Where are they now? Working as a research assistant at San Diego State University on a project collecting local ecological knowledge from commercial fishermen.
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.