Humboldt State University

Department of Biological Sciences

Vertebrate Museum



Thor Holmes
Thor Holmes

Collections Manager

Pictured with a former friend


P. Dawn Goley
Dawn Goley

Professor of Zoology and Director of the HSU Marine Mammals Education and Research Program

Behavioral ecology of marine mammals

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Joe M. Szewczak
Joe Szewczak

Professor of Zoology

Physiological ecology and echolocation of bats

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Karen Z. Reiss
Karen Reiss

Life Sciences Professor at College of the Redwoods

Systematics and biogeography of chipmunks; mammalian morphological evolution

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Steven A. Smith
Steven A. Smith

Dean, HSU College of Natural Resources and Sciences

Chromosomal evolution in mammals, marine mammal ecology and evolution


Christopher M. Callahan
Christopher Callahan

Lecturer and Curatorial Associate

Biogeography and systematics of whales and their ectoparasites

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Herpetology / Ornithology

Sharyn Marks
Sharyn Marks

Professor of Zoology

Herpetology, Conservation Biology, and Evolutionary Developmental Biology

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John Reiss
John Reiss, Professor of Zoology

Professor of Zoology

Herpetology and Evolutionary and Developmental Morphology

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Featured Alumni

Jessica Blois
Jessica Blois

M.A. Biology, Humboldt State University, 2005. Thesis: Conservation Genetics of the Sonoma Tree Vole

Currently a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, working with Jack Williams.

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Bill Stanley
Bill Stanley

Collections Manager of Mammals, Field Museum, Chicago, Ill.

B.A., Biology and Zoology, Humboldt State University, 1986. M.A., Biology, Humboldt State University, 1991.

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John J. Ososky
John Ososky

Museum Technician
Osteology Laboratory & Division of Mammals
Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History
Washington, DC

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