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Natural Resources Graduate Degree

The M.S. program in Natural Resources is intended to provide graduate training in traditional disciplines, as well as flexibility for training in the interdisciplinary aspects of natural resources. The program includes options in Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences (ENRS), Forestry, Watershed and Wildland Sciences (FWWS), Wildlife, and Fisheries.

Below is a list of ENRS faculty, their research interests and links to their web pages. If you are interested in working with a particular person, contact them directly and be sure to mention how your research interest align with that person.

The M.S. curriculum requires completion of a thesis as part of the student’s training for research in management of natural resources. Candidates for the degree are required to consult with an appropriate faculty committee and prepare individual programs of study which must be approved by the committee. Information about the M.S. in Natural Resources programs, including minimum entrance requirements can be found in the HSU Catalog.  For information about the Natural Resources graduate program visit the Graduate Program Prospective Students page.

For more information contact: Natural Resources Graduate Program, College of Natural Resources and Sciences, Humboldt State University, Arcata, CA 95521-8299, (707) 826-3256,

Graduate Faculty

Dr. Kerry M. ByrneDr. Kerry M. Byrne
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Dr. Yvonne EverettDr. Yvonne Everett
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Applied forest and landscape ecology, community forestry, public and cross-jurisdictional land use planning and management, and participatory research and planning processes.

Dr.  Kevin FingermanDr.  Kevin Fingerman
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My research is driven by an interest in the broad-based environmental and social impacts of energy technologies and policies. In particular, I have worked on the water/energy nexus and bioenergy systems.

Dr. Jim GrahamDr. Jim Graham
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Jim researches appropriate methods for applying spatial analysis to a wide variety of natural resource management issues.  He specializes in habitat suitability modeling.

Dr. David GwenziDr. David Gwenzi
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Remote sensing of vegetation structure and function and the use of geospatial decision support tools in natural resources stewardship.

Dr. Steven R. MartinDr. Steven R. Martin
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My research focuses on visitor use of recreation settings and managing recreational use of natural resource areas, particularly parks, wilderness areas and similar public lands. As such, my research is best characterized as “human dimensions of natural resources” and involves quite a bit of social science, though in a natural resources context.

Dr. Alison Purcell O’DowdDr. Alison Purcell O’Dowd
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My research interests are within the areas of aquatic ecology and ecological restoration.  Specifically I study stream and wetland restoration, the ecology and eradication of invasive species, the impacts of wildfire on stream communities, and the biological significance of step-pool sequences in mountain streams. My research methods focus on using benthic macroinvertebrates as indicators of water quality in urban and natural freshwater ecosystems.

Dr. Laurie RichmondDr. Laurie Richmond
Research Interests:

Human dimensions of ocean and coastal management and planning; indigenous and community natural resource issues; sustainable fisheries and seafood; coastal communities and climate change; politics of environmental knowledge; environmental justice; environmental geography and sense of place; governance of the commons; environmental conflict; interdisciplinary research approaches