About Us

From the Dean

Welcome to the College of Natural Resources and Sciences at Humboldt State University! Among the many attributes that set the College of Natural Resources and Sciences apart is our proximity to natural laboratories. Located on the north coast, of California we have a pristine ocean, the second largest natural estuary in the state, redwood forests and mountains, all within a short distance of the campus. Our faculty and students take full advantage of these resources to study and gain practical experience in the basic and applied sciences. Our undergraduate students also have access to our 90-foot research vessel, the R/V Coral Sea, the L. W. Schatz Tree Farm, the Schatz Energy Research Center, an on-campus fish hatchery, the HSU Marine Lab, and many fine laboratory facilities.

We are fortunate to boast an outstanding faculty and staff whose mission is to develop the critical thinking skills needed to collaboratively solve complex problems in science, engineering, and natural resources. Our graduates are literate members of society who are educated in science and are prepared for professional careers or advanced study in their disciplines. As a learning community, our core values foster:

  • Educational success for a diverse student population
  • Student-centered, field-based education in the natural resource sciences
  • Hands-on learning and laboratory experiences for undergraduates in the basic sciences
  • Using the California North Coast environment as a context for learning and having the facilities to explore it
  • Innovation in pedagogy and curriculum
  • Strong faculty-student mentor relationships, including research and service projects
  • A culture of environmental stewardship
  • Interdisciplinary and collaborative problem-solving
  • A complementary mix of basic and applied research

When you come to Humboldt State, you will be pleased to find a welcoming environment with friendly staff, faculty and mentors. You’ll find your opportunities to learn and grow in the sciences are limitless. I hope to see you in the near future. Please feel free to contact us at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or visit us.


CNRS Staff

Dean Boone Richard Boone, Dean.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)twitter @RBooneAK
Richard Boone is Dean of the College of Natural Resources and Sciences at Humboldt State University (HSU). Boone joined HSU in 2016 after a 21-yr career at the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF), where he was Professor of Ecosystem Ecology in the Department of Biology and Wildlife and the Institute of Arctic Biology. Boone served as Chair of the Department of Biology & Wildlife from 2006 to 2010 and as Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies in the College of Natural Science and Mathematics from 2010 to 2011. He acquired early training in ecology as a student and later a research assistant at The Ecosystems Center, Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, Massachusetts. He received his A.B. in Biology from Oberlin College, M.S. in Forest Ecology from Oregon State University, and Ph.D. in Forest Soils from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. His research interests include global change biology, nitrogen cycling, soil respiration, soil organic matter dynamics, and science education. At UAF Boone taught courses in Ecology, Global Change Biology, Research Design, and Fundamentals of Biology. He has served on numerous federal advisory panels including NSF Partnerships for International Research and Education, NSF Ecosystems Studies, NSF GK-12, NSF Geosciences, NSF Collaborative Research at Undergraduate Institutions, NASA Carbon Program, and USDA Forest/Range/Crop/Aquatic Ecosystems. He has served as an Alaska Representative to the American Association for the Advancement of Science, past Secretary of the Soil Ecology Section of the Ecological Society of America, and past President of the Alaska Chapter of the American Society for Microbiology. Boone served on the editorial board of the journal Soil Biology & Biochemistry from 2003 to 2010. Since 2006 Boone has promoted trans-Arctic education and research through his service with the University of the Arctic. Boone was appointed as an Aldo Leopold Leadership Fellow in 2001 and a National Academies Education Fellow in the Life Sciences in 2007. He received UAF’S highest teaching honor, the Emil Usibelli Distinguished Teaching Award, in 2010. Prior to joining Humboldt State University, Boone served as Acting Deputy Director, Division of Graduate Education (2014-2015); Program Director of the National Science Foundation Research Traineeship Program (2014-2015); and Program Director of the Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) Program (2011-2015) at the National Science Foundation.

My Favorite Lecture – “Climate Change: Facts, Fiction, & Forecasts”

image Rick Zechman, Associate Dean.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) Rick Zechman is a graduate of Louisiana State University (Ph.D.), University of New Hampshire (M.S.) and University of North Carolina, Wilmington (B.S.). Following a postdoctoral fellowship at Duke University, Rick was a Professor of Biology at Fresno State for 16 years, where he taught courses in botany, phylogenetics and evolution, and marine biology. In addition, Rick has taught field marine science courses at Shoals Marine Lab (Cornell University) for over 20 years. He moved to Humboldt State in 2012, attracted by HSU’s strength in marine science, natural resources, and field-based instruction. Rick enjoys fishing, hiking and anything outdoors with his family, and plays a variety of stringed instruments, including guitar, mandolin and dobro.

Julie Tucker – Phone 5826 – .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
Call for assistance with the following:

  • Provide support to Dean – if you need something from the Dean (i.e., signature).
  • CNRS policies and procedures
  • Agency agreements (Green Diamond Access, State Parks, etc.)
  • Information resource for CNRS department chairs, administrative support, faculty, and staff
  • Retention, Tenure, and Promotion
  • Faculty personnel files, WPAF
  • Special college projects as needed
  • CNRS website



Jennifer Corgiat.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
Call for assistance with the following:
  • Budget – questions re: cost center information, OE, equipment, salaries, benefits
  • Appointment/separation documents for all CNRS employees
  • Account numbers
  • CNRS Dean’s Office budget, including travel budget/questions
  • Expenditures related to the MSF fee



Administrative Support Coordinator – Phone 3256
Call for assistance with the following:
  • Appointments for Dean Boone
  • Appointments for Associate Dean Rick Zechman
  • Schedule use of FR 102 conference room
  • NR and ES Graduate program
  • General questions re: college/departments
  • Student evaluations
  • IACUC
  • Student petitions, grade changes
  • Student complaints