Faculty

Dr. Rob Vankirk

Rob Vankirk

Rob Van Kirk is an Associate Professor of Statistics at Humboldt State University and Project Director of this interdisciplinary research and management effort. He holds B.A. and M.S. degrees from Humboldt State University and a Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Utah. From 1981 to 1987, Rob worked for Mike and Sheralee Lawson at Henry's Fork Anglers, the most well known of the numerous fly-fishing outfitters on the Henry's Fork. From 1994 to 1998, Rob served as Research Director at the Henry's Fork Foundation, a nonprofit watershed conservation organization based in Ashton. He organized the first annual 'State of the Watershed' conference of the Henry's Fork Watershed Council in 1994 and has remained an active participant of the Council ever since. He met his wife, Sheryl Hill, through Watershed Council work. Rob's research interests include hydrology, fisheries biology, aquatic ecology, geomorphology, and application of quantitative tools to these scientific disciplines. His work has been used throughout the upper Snake River basin to develop collaborative management programs to benefit multiple water users and resources.

Dr. Yvonne Everett

Yvonne Everett

Yvonne Everett (Ph.D. 1993, Wildland Resource Science-Landscape Ecology, UC-Berkeley) is a professor at Humboldt State University in the Environmental and Natural Resources Sciences department. She teaches courses in natural resources policy and regulation, planning, and ecosystem analysis. Yvonne also teaches courses for the Environment and Community graduate program. Her research interests include natural resources policy and planning and participatory and collaborative research methods in forest ecology, agroforestry and landscape ecology. Research projects have focused on the impacts of land use policy on ecological sustainability and effects of the 2004 tsunami in Sri Lanka and on collaborative planning and research for public land management and community forestry in the Pacific Northwest, including use of GIS technology for monitoring of impacts of forest resource use, non-timber forest product harvesting, and community based fire management. Yvonne believes that it is critically important that the knowledge and experience of local people are included in planning for natural resource management on public lands.

Dr. Mark Baker

Mark Baker

Mark Baker (Ph.D. 1994, Wildland Resource Science, UC Berkeley) is a professor at Humboldt State University and teaches courses in the Department of Government and Politics and the Geography Department. He is also the program coordinator for the Environment and Community Program, M.A. in Social Science. He is interested in enduring and emerging community-based natural resource management regimes, with a particular focus on equity, collective action, and political authority. He is the author of The Kuhls of Kangra: Community-Managed Irrigation in the Western Himalaya (University of Washington Press, 2005) and the co-author of Community Forestry in the United States: Learning from the Past, Crafting the Future (Island Press, 2003).

Dr. Steven Steinberg

Steven Steinberg

Steven J. Steinberg, PhD, GISP, is a Professor of Geospatial Analysis and Director of the Institute for Spatial Analysis at Humboldt State University in Arcata, California. He has researched and presented extensively on the application of geospatial analysis technologies for modeling and visualization in both human and natural environments. Dr. Steinberg teaches courses in map analysis, GPS, GIS, image analysis and geospatial modeling and analysis. In 2004, he was selected as a Fulbright Scholar and appointed as Distinguished Chair of Airborne Remote Sensing at the Centre for Scientific Computing, Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. In 2005 he was honored with Humboldt State University's Alistair McCrone Promising Faculty Scholar award. In the fall of 2008 Dr. Steinberg was invited to teach at the University of Helsinki, Finland, as a Fulbright Senior Scholar in the International Master's Degree Programme in Geoinformatics (GIMP). He is co-author of GIS for the Social Sciences: Investigating Space and Place with Dr. Sheila Lakshmi Steinberg.

Dr. Brad Finney

Brad Finney

Brad received his B.S. from Humboldt State University and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Utah State University. He currently teaches courses such as Computational Methods for Environmental Engineering and Water and Wastewater Treatment Engineering in the Environmental Resources Engineering department at Humboldt State University. His research and consulting interests include water quality modeling, water resource planning, sustainable water and wastewater treatment, and constructed wetlands.