Achievements

Publications and achievements submitted by our faculty, staff, and students.

Faculty Jacky Baughman, Melanie Michalak Geology Jacky Baughman and Melanie Michalak, professors in the Geology Department, received a one year grant from the Geological Society of America AGeS-DiG (Awards for Geochronology Student Research- Diversity in Geochronology) program of $14,975 to support a cohort of six undergraduate students in the 22-23 academic year to undertake original research using geochronologic methods. The support includes a stipend, cost of analyses, and travel to a Spring conference to present their work. 

Submitted: May 6, 2022

Faculty Jacky Baughman, Melanie Michalak Geology Jacky Baughman and Melanie Michalak, professors in the Geology Department, received a one year grant from the Geological Society of America AGeS-DiG (Awards for Geochronology Student Research- Diversity in Geochronology) program of $14,975 to support a cohort of six undergraduate students in the 22-23 academic year to undertake original research using geochronologic methods. The support includes a stipend, cost of analyses, and travel to a Spring conference to present their work. 

Submitted: May 6, 2022

Faculty Brandon Browne Geology Brandon Browne and colleagues from the U.S. Geological Survey published a professional report with the Alaska Division of Geological & Geophysical Surveys detailing their comprehensive study on the ~400 yr BP eruption of Half Cone, a post-caldera composite cone in Aniakchak National Park and Preserve in Alaska. As one of the largest eruptions from a volcano on the Alaska peninsula over the past 3,000 years, it blanketed hundreds of miles with thick ash and produced an important stratigraphic marker used by geologists and archeologists working to understand the geological and human history of the region.          

Submitted: April 12, 2022

Faculty Mark Hemphill-Haley Geology Mark Hemphill-Haley is a co-author of an article in the New Zealand Journal of Geology and Geophysics (Morris et al., 2021, Evaluating 9 m of near-surface transpressional displacement during the Mw 7.8 2016 Kaikōura earthquake: re-excavation of a pre-earthquake paleoseismic trench, Kekerengu Fault, New
Zealand). https://doi.org/10.1080/00288306.2021.1954958

Submitted: December 6, 2021

Student Taylor Team, Susan Cashman, Melanie Michalak Geology Taylor Team (MS student, Geology), Melanie Michalak (Geology) and Susan Cashman (Geology) co-authored a conference presentation at the annual Geological Society of America meeting held in Portland, OR, entitled, Neogene-Quaternary faulting in the Klamath Mountains Province, California and Oregon: evidence from geology and thermochronology. Their work addresses newly identified or constrained crustal faults in the Klamath Mountains.

Submitted: November 2, 2021

Student Samuel Bold Geology Samuel Bold (MS student, Geology) was selected for a prestigious $4,000 American Federation of Mineralogical Society scholarship from the California Federation of Mineralogical and Geological Societies. Sam's MS thesis work uses geochronological methods to date timing of uplift and faulting along the Van Duzen River.

Submitted: November 2, 2021

Faculty Tyler Ladinsky, Harvey Kelsey, Melanie Michalak Geology Tyler Ladinsky (Geology M.S. '12), Harvey Kelsey (Geology) and Melanie Michalak (Geology) published their Final Technical Report in collaboration with USGS scientists, from their paleoseismic studies on the Little Salmon and Goose Lake faults near Hydesville, CA, funded by the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program. The report is entitled, In Southern Cascadia, do upper plate faults rupture in concert with subduction zone earthquakes: a paleoseismic investigation of the Little Salmon fault zone. The work helps to quantify earthquake hazards in northern California. The full report is available at this link: https://earthquake.usgs.gov/cfusion/external_grants/reports/G19AP00046.pdf

Submitted: November 2, 2021

Faculty Jasper Oshun Geology Jasper won a 3-year National Science Foundation GEOPATHS Award ($145,352). This education award links faculty and students at SDSU, CSUS, and HSU and is titled 'Collaborative Research: Developing a diverse hydrology workforce through an undergraduate hydrological research experience in a coastal California watershed'. The award provides opportunities for 10 rising sophomores per year to participate in course and summer immersion focused on interdisciplinary water science, hydrology field techniques, and the challenges of water management. A primary goal is to build community across 3 CSU campuses and train a diverse cohort of hydrologists to inform water management in California.

Submitted: August 27, 2021

Faculty Jasper Oshun, Margaret Lang, Yojana Miraya Oscco (M.A. 2018, Env. & Comm.) Geology Jasper, Margaret and Yojana (along with Kristina Keating of Rutgers University, Newark) published 'Interdisciplinary Water Development in the Peruvian Highlands: The Case for Including the Coproduction of Knowledge in Socio-Hydrology' in a special issue of Hydrology focused on Socio-Hydrology. The article highlights the interdisciplinary and collaborative research, novel educational model involving applied and place-based student learning, environmental leadership, and service to the community of Zurite of the Bonanza en los Andes project.
The article can be found here: https://www.mdpi.com/2306-5338/8/3/112

Submitted: August 9, 2021

Faculty Jasper Oshun & Margaret Lang Geology Dr.’s Oshun (Geology), Lang (ERE), and Keating (geophysics, Rutgers University -Newark) won a $266,034, 3-year award from NSF’s International Research Experiences for Students program to engage a diverse set of students from two HSI’s in water resources development in the Andes of Perú. Students from HSU, RUN and Peruvian universities will participate in an interdisciplinary curriculum, which includes a preparatory semester of virtual learning, 5-weeks of field work in Perú and faculty guided independent research. The project will blend western scientific, Indigenous, and nature-based approaches of water resources management to inform best practices of sustainable water development.

Submitted: May 17, 2021

Faculty Jasper Oshun Geology Jasper Oshun received a Fulbright Award to teach hydrogeology at a university in Lima and conduct water resources research in collaborations with communities in the region of Cusco. The teaching and research will occur between February and July of 2022.

Submitted: April 25, 2021

Faculty Mary Ann Madej Geology Mary Ann Madej, Adjunct faculty, published a summary of 50 years of geomorphic research in Redwood National Park:
Redwood Creek watershed studies: Summary of geomorphic research at Redwood National Park. Natural Resource Report. NPS/REDW/NRR—2021/2228.
https://irma.nps.gov/DataStore/Reference/Profile/2284606

Submitted: March 29, 2021

Faculty Jasper Oshun, Margaret Lang Geology Jasper Oshun and Margaret Lang published an article in the February issue of AAPG Explorer. The article, which details the positive and lasting impacts of their 'Bonanza en los Andes' project to HSU students, the community of Zurite, and hydrogeologic science was featured on the cover. A link to a pdf of the issue is below:
https://geology.humboldt.edu/sites/default/files/aapgfeb21explorer.pdf

Submitted: February 20, 2021

Faculty Jasper Oshun, Margaret Lang, Wyeth Wunderlich Geology Thanks to Will Goldenberg and SPF for putting together a great video highlighting our water development work in Perú: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Cz0rVMWDYE. Thanks to Jazmin Sandoval and Nathalie Rivera (Film), Yojana Miraya (Env. & Com.), and Laurel Smith (ERE) for collecting footage.

Submitted: January 26, 2021

Faculty Dr. Laura Levy Geology Dr. Laura Levy, in collaboration with 11 co-authors, published "Multi-phased deglaciation of south and southeast Greenland controlled by climate and topographic setting" in the journal Quaternary Science Reviews. This comprehensive study tracked the timing of retreat of the Greenland Ice Sheet since the last ice age in an area of Greenland that is especially sensitive to climate change.

Submitted: September 28, 2020

Faculty Jasper Oshun, Margaret Lang, Yojana Miraya Geology Dr. Oshun gave an invited talk at the 1ST INTERNATIONAL GEOGRAPHY CONGRESS OF APURIMAC IN SOUTHERN REGION PERU on August 28th. The title of the talk was, "Bonanza en los Andes: Estudio de los recursos de agua y desarrollo en colaboración con la comunidad de Zurite, Anta," and focused on Dr. Oshun and Dr. Lang's water development project in Perú. Successes so far include the construction of 1.5 km of irrigation canals, 4 student presentations at international geology conferences, and over 20 involved undergraduate and graduate students from HSU.

Submitted: September 22, 2020

Faculty Susan Cashman Geology Received "Exemplary Teaching Activity" award from the National Association of Geology Teachers for co-authored "Rupture of Continental Lithosphere Mini-lesson Sequence"
https://serc.carleton.edu/margins/collection/71230.html

Submitted: March 5, 2020

Faculty Laura Levy Geology Received a Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activities Program (RSCA) grant for $4980 to purchase equipment for her new Paleoclimate Lab.

Submitted: February 6, 2020

Faculty Wyeth Wunderilch, Edward Davis, Jasper Oshun, Margaret Lang Geology Jasper Oshun and two HSU students presented at the American Geophysical Union Annual Conference in San Francisco. The work is part of a Geoscientists Without Borders Award directed by Jasper Oshun and Margaret Lang (ERE).
Wyeth Wunderlich (MS, Environmental Systems-Geology) presented a poster on water storage in high Andean wetlands.
Edward Davis (B.S. Geology, 2019) presented a poster on geophysical imaging of the subsurface of an Andean watershed.
Jasper Oshun presented a talk explaining the importance of bofedales, or peatlands, in sustaining flow in mountain catchments.

Submitted: December 16, 2019

Student Tammy Phrakonkham Geology HSU geology student Tammy Phrakonkham has been selected to represent northern California at the 2019 Geosciences Congressional Visits Day (GEO-CVD) on Sept. 10-11 in Washington, D.C.
           
GEO-CVD is sponsored by American Geophysical Union along with other Earth science societies each year “to increase the visibility of and support for the geosciences in Congress.” During this event, participants will be given an opportunity to meet with members of the congressional delegation representing their state and with staff from congressional committees who have jurisdiction over issues related to geoscience.

Submitted: September 9, 2019