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Updates From Our Alumni

Here is some of what is happening with our Biological Sciences Department Alumni.

Douglas Turner, 1980

Douglas Turner, 1980, Biological Sciences, has two sons on the college path. Turner’s oldest is a Chemical Engineering major at Cal Poly Pomona and his youngest, currently a high school senior, is applying to HSU.

Terri Bidle, 2011

Terri Bidle, 2011 Zoology, is beginning a new chapter of her life as a marine education program manager in Southern California. After seven years with the USC QuikSCience program, she will be working with ExplorOcean in Newport Beach, Calif., to bring quality ocean exploration to young people.

Tonja (Olson)Tallent, 1998

Tonja (Olson)Tallent, 1998, Biological Sciences, worked at a winery as a microbiologist, then for a bio-tech company doing the same. She recently left corporate America and started a business with her husband and now happily runs a tea-bar in Fair Oaks, Calif.

David E McLean, 1996

David E. McLean, 1996, Biological Sciences, is the current president of the Vermont State Dental Society and a delegate to the American Dental Association. McLean earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery in 2000 and now lives in South Burlington, Vt.

Doug Downie, 1994

DOUG DOWNIE, 1994 Biological Sciences, earned his doctorate in Entomology (Population genetics in grape phylloxera) at UC Davis. Downie spent four years doing postdoctoral research on grape phylloxera, mealybugs, and ants. He took an academic position at Rhodes University in South Africa in 2003, where I stayed to 2011. Downie now works at the Dept. of Pesticide Regulation in Sacramento. Along the way he has published poetry and prose and self-published five books of fiction.

Jason W. Cooley, 1994

Jason W. Cooley, 1994, Biological Sciences, is currently a professor of Chemistry at the University of Missouri.

Dennis A. Hansell, 1978

Oceanography professor at the University of Miami, FL. Research focuses on the ocean carbon cycle, with particular interest in the role of organic matter. Presently serve as Chairman of the United States Carbon Cycle Scientific Steering Group. Research cruise in Feb/March 2013 in the Ross Sea of the Southern Ocean (53 days at sea) followed by June cruise in Gulf of Alaska.

Áki Jarl Láruson, 2010

I am starting my second year as a doctorate student at the University of Hawaiʻi at Månoa. I am focusing on molecular ecology, population genetics and quantitative genetics in the shallow water urchin genus Tripneustes. Thanks to Professor Sean Craig of Humboldt State, I had my first publication as a lead author before finishing my first year of Grad school.

Mary K. Wicksten, 1970

Mary K. Wicksten, 1970, Biological Sciences, published her monograph “Decapod Crustacea of the Californian and Oregonian Zoogeographic Provinces” in the journal Zootaxa this year. Over 20 years in the making, the 307-page work covers all the crabs, shrimps and lobsters, including both marine and freshwater species, to be found from Washington to mid-Baja California. It is the first major work to cover these crustaceans in California since 1921. Keys and illustrations are included for all species.

Alef DuRant-Wise, 2013

Alef DuRant-Wise has recently been hired as the Laboratory Manager at the La Jolla Institute for Allergy & Immunology. She is working on atherosclerosis, multiple sclerosis, and Crohn’s disease in the Ley Lab. She is taking her last two classes for her two bachelor degrees in marine biology and zoology as an intrasystem exchange student at San Diego State University. Special thanks to Professor Sean Craig for being a great mentor!

Asad Ullah, 2012-2013

please inform me about admission in master and m.phill program in botany .
also update me about schollership in the mentioned field.

Mry K. Wicksten, B.A. 1970, M.A. 1972

Mary Wicksten is a Professor of Biology at Texas A&M University. She just finished her major publication, “Decapod Crustacea of the Californiana and Oregonian Zoogeographic Provinces”, Zootaxa 336=71, 307 pages long. This monograph contains keys, illustrations, short descriptions and information on range, depth, habitat and living color for all crabs, shrimps and lobster-like species, freshwater or marine from the shore to the abyss from Washington to mid-Baja California. Yes, I am sending a copy to the Humboldt Marine lab!

David Talley, 1983

I am finishing my 30 th year as a public school educator. I taught science at the middle and high school level for 13 years in California before moving into school administration. I have worked at all grade levels k-12 and currently serve as principal of Quincy high school. My wife Michele and I have been married for 21 years and have two daughters, Danielle and Marinda

(Allen) Kent Willis, 1969

I teach Algebra I and physical science in 8th grade at Fortuna Middle School. I have coached soccer, track, and basketball and have also served as Vice Principal and Athletic Director. I received an MA in elementary education from the University of San Francisco, and an MA in educational technology leadership from The George Washington University in Washington D.C. I have just finished a doctorate re: the relationship of multiplication tables and fraction skills to learning algebra. My wife and I have two children and enjoy dancing, skiing, softball, and coaching basketball.

Carrie Vath, 2003

I am currently a PhD Candidate at the University of Florida in the School of Natural Resources and Environment. My research focuses on primate conservation, forest management planning, and community development in Cross River State Nigeria

Gordon Dennis Wogan, 1970

After graduation, 3 years in the Coast Guard, an MS degree from UC Davis and work as a technician with the University of Idaho’s horticulture program I was hired as a horticulturist with the Oregon Dept. of Agriculture’s Nursery and Christmas Tree program. I retired after 29 years with the ODA. I married Patricia Hatfield nine years ago. Together we have 5 children (2 mine, 3 hers) and 3 grandsons. We’re enjoying retirement, traveling wood woorking, birdwatching, gardening and anything eles that looks interesting.

Douglas Vogt, 1989

Since graduating from HSU in 1989 with a BS Degree in Biology I have had several jobs, with only one being remotely related to biology (a one year stint at molecular biology lab). Most of my jobs have been in the clinical and immunochemistry chemistry field. For the last 5 years my job as a lab technician and fluid analyst at John Deere in my hometown of Waterloo, Iowa, has been perhaps the most challenging. What I learned at HSU has provided me with the skills to adapt not only changing jobs, but also to jobs as they change. I recently was promoted to Program Manager so I will be given yet another chance to see what other skills I may have learned in college will be called upon to provide me with the ability to perform my new position to the best of my abilities. Just goes to show that a college education can provide you not only with the ability to perform specific jobs, but also the ability to perform many different types of jobs.
Thank You HSU!

Michael E. Walker, 1962

Nearing the end of my real estate career in the greater Sacramento area.  I live on two acres in Auburn with my wife and two Collies.  I visited the HSU campus in May 2010, and I participate with the TKE alumni group. College days at HSU were some of the best of my lifetime.

Katharine Goodenough, 2000

I won a two year NOAA NERR graduate fellowship to develop a project working on Gull-billed tern foraging movements and diet at The Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve.

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