Alumni News

Keith Parker, 2015

Keith Parker, 2015 Fisheries Biology, recently received a $15,000 Switzer Environmental Fellowship for the 2016-17 academic year. This award is given to individuals who demonstrate outstanding leadership and dedication to working in the environmental field.

Robert P. Parker, 2011

Robert P. Parker, 2011 Fisheries Biology, began working for the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality as a Clean Water Act Section 401 coordinator in March. 

Bruce M. Baker, 1988

Bruce M. Baker, 1988 Fisheries Biology, has been working as a fisheries biologist for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife since 1991.

Roger J. Haro, 1984

Dear Fisheries Colleagues,
I wanted to share that I was recently awarded the Wisconsin Professor of the Year award by CASE and the Carnegie Foundation.  More details can be found at
My education at HSU and especially in the Department of Fisheries Biology helped me along this path to success.  For that I will always be grateful.  Thanks.

Lawson Snyder, 1980

Lawson Snyder, 1980 Fisheries Biology, was recently awarded the Louise Ireland Humphrey Achievement Award for outstanding career achievement by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Snyder spent 34 years with the FWC, having recently retired as Deputy Division Director of Habitat and Species Conservation.

Timothy E. Blewett, 1966

Timothy E. Blewett, 1966 Fisheries Biology, recently published nine novels on in a series is titled “A California Saga”. The first five novels take place in northern and central California and two of the main characters are professors at Humboldt. 

Timothy Hamaker, 1977

Timothy Hamaker, 1977, Fisheries Biology, retired after 37 years as Fisheries/Aquatic Biologist in August. Hamaker began his career in 1977 and worked for four years as a Biologist for the Environmental Protection Agency’s Gulf Breeze, Fl., environmental research lab. Hamaker then moved to Environmental Research and Technology Inc., in Ft. Collins, Colo., working as a Fisheries Biologist. From 1986 to 1988 Hamaker acted as President and Principal Scientist at Aquatic BioSystems Inc., also in Ft. Collins. He then spent more than 25 years with CH2MHILL Inc. as a consulting Fishery Biologist, spending the last 23 years in Redding, Calif. Hamaker is married to Hoagy (Gilliam) Hamaker. The couple has six children including two HSU grads Nicholas (’02, ‘03) and Robin (Ray) Hamaker (’11) and five grandchildren. The couple resides in Redding, Calif.

Timothy E. Blewett, 1966

Timothy E. Blewett, 1966, Fisheries Biology, Environmental Management, After 21.5 years in the U.S. Air Force trying to learn a marketable skill, became a loss control consultant with Hartford Insurance. Blewett later went to work for the Arkansas Workers’ Compensation Commission. He retired from the AWCC about 14 years ago, and has since worked as a private contractor doing loss-control work.  Sally, Blewett’s wife, is a travel consultant, and the couple has been to approximately 35 countries over the last 26 years. About 10 years ago Blewett had an idea for a story, which turned into a 184,000-word, unpublished novel, followed by eight additional novels, also unpublished. Blewett reports it’s been fun writing the stories and he might someday just try to put them out in the real world. 

Andrew Jensen, 1996 (BS) and 2000 (MS)

Andrew Jensen, 1996 and 2000 Fisheries Biology, and Melanie Jensen, (’96 Wildlife Biology), met in an Icthyology class in 1992. Then 10 years passed and they bumped into each other in a grocery store in Santa Rosa, Calif., and exchanged phone numbers. After a year or so they got together for dinner, spent several months becoming friends, and got married in 2004. Andrew now works as a senior environmental scientist for the California Department of Fish and Wildlife working on anadromous fish restoration, and Melanie works for PG&E in the Gas Service Engineering Department. They settled in Redding, Calif., and have two daughters, and several pets. In September 2013, they visited HSU and showed their girls where they had met, and let them run around on the soccer field near the Fisheries and Wildlife Building. Andrew writes that HSU was a wonderful place to go to college, and hopes their girls will pick HSU for their college education. Interestingly, Melanie’s mother, Dolores Mattax, and aunt and uncle, Patricia Mattax and Jim Ingram, also attended HSU in the early 1950s. Patricia and Jim ended up getting married, and Jim is in the Hall of Fame as a football player and coach for HSU.

Ed Busch, 1980

Lawson Snyder, 1980

Spent 31 years after graduaion with the Florida Game and Freshwater Fish Commission, which later became the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.  Started in 1980 as a freshwater fisheries biologist and is currently serving as Deputy Director of the Division of Habitat and Species Conservation.

Robert Klamt, 1974

I retired in November from the N. Coast Water Quality Control Board after 35 years of service, including 8 months as the Executive Officer.  My work was mostly in monitoring and assessment of our N. Coast waters, and more recently in working with the timber industry on water quality issues.

Charles P. Meacham, 1970

After 50 years in Alaska (commercial fisherman, seafood processing, seafood inspector for U.S. Army, and 21 years with Dept. Fish and Game) moved to Gig Harbor, WA.  Married to Charlene Heriot Meacham (also Humboldt grad) in 1969.  Three children, 3 grandchildren.

Robert T. Lackey, 1967

Bob Lackey (Fisheries, ‘67) now teaches at Oregon State University.  He has been engaged in developing online classes in natural resources as part of OSU ECampus.

Duncan McClusky, 1978

It is not really a recent update.  I was in the Ecology Outdoor Group at HSU and I have continued volunteering time in the community.  I generally volunteer between 300-400 hours each year.  I have been chair of Keep Tift Beautiful for six years, Secretary of the Tree Board for five years, maintain four adopt a miles on my own and help on four others with different organizations.  I have been Secretary for a Kiwanis Club for many years, I was on the Georgia Circle K District board as an assistant administrator for about nine years, and participated in five Circle K International Large Scale Service Projects.  I have volunteered at the local, state and international level with Special Olympics.  I have volunteered with paralympic sports for 17 years.

Nicolas Bauer, 2004

I am now working for the California Sea Grant Program as a fisheries biologist monitoring coho salmon in the Russian River.

Chris Brey, 1987

After college I joined the Peace Corps as a fisheries volunteer in the Dominican Republic. I’ve worked as a fiseries biologist on the Bering Sea, and managed a salmon hatchery in Washington. Transitioned to environmental work in biotechnology industry, and grew into facilities management role, where I have been able to exercise my passion for sustainable business practices. I am married and have two children, and live in Mountain View, CA.

Douglas Rischbieter, 1985

Just comlpeted a career-crowning project: restoration of a degraded wetland site in the middle of the Mount San Jacinto State Wilderness.
Coordinating State Park, CCC, Army National Guard, and several vendors’ resources, we overcame controversy and successfully implemented a project to repair a rare and fragile montane meadow.  To do so required legislation to allow use of heavy equipment for a restoration project in State Wilderness, and we did so with an absolute minimum of public or environmental impact.

Tim Hamaker, 1977

Has been on an assignment to Southern California since March, 2010 acting as the Environmental Compliance Manager for a 1+ billion dollar wind energy project near Tehachapi-Mojave.