What's special about Wildlife at Humboldt?
An emphasis on learning in the field that is accentuated by easy access to the natural environment.
A faculty that is committed to teaching and active professionally.
- All labs are taught by faculty with Ph.D.s.
- Among the seven full-time teaching faculty are two Fulbright Scholars, one CSU-wide Outstanding Professor,
two HSU Scholars of the Year, and one D.Sc.
- A high rate of peer-reviewed publications, two journal editors, substantial research funding.
A curriculum that blends
basic science with specialized upper division courses in wildlife conservation and management.
- Strong foundations in chemistry, mathematics & statistics, general biology, zoology, and
- Specialized upper division courses such as conservation biology, upland and wetland habitat ecology,
waterfowl ecology, management of mammals, shorebird management, and wildlife diseases.
- Varied graduate courses including: advanced habitat ecology, behavioral ecology, advanced wildlife
population ecology, and various seminars.
- Each student conducts an independent research
project under the supervision of a faculty member for their culminating experience.
Small classes and extensive faculty-student contact, plus interactions among
graduate students, undergrads, and local professionals.
- Professors with Ph.D.s teach every course and every lab section in our department.
- Classes sizes are small; most sections have a maximum of 24 students.
- Many upper division courses include laboratory sections in which students interact with professors one-on-one.
- Professors hold regular office hours, and students get to know their instructors on a first-name basis.
- Many undergraduates "get their foot in the door" by assisting with professors' or graduate students'
field research projects.
- Local professional (e.g., U.S. Forest, Park, and Fish & Wildlife Service biologists) regularly give
guest lectures and attend on-and off-campus meetings and social gatherings.
strong reputation and high rate of job-placement within the discipline.
- HSU wildlife is well regarded among federal & state agencies and other universities.
- A recent alumni survey indicated that 86% of our graduates are employed in a position related to wildlife.
- Before graduation, many students get summer jobs working with agencies, biological consultants, or local timber
- An active HSU wildlife alumni association.
Excellent facilities for learning.
- A modern building equipped with state-of-the-art labs and computers.
- A wildlife museum with over 12,000 teaching and research specimens.
- On-campus game pens that house captive rehabilitated mammals and birds.
- A 90-foot marine vessel, the Coral Sea, used regularly for offshore field trips & research.
Experience in study design and participation in applied research
A list of recent papers published by Wildlife undergraduates as senior author,
* indicates student-authors.
- Iwasaki*, J.M. 2010. Moth diversity and abundance between habitats on a shadecoffee plantation in western Jamaica. Bios 81:108-113.
- Jirinec*, V., B.R. Campos*, and M.D. Johnson. 2011. Roosting behavior of a migratory songbird on Jamaican coffee farms: Implications for ecosystem services. Bird Conservation International Feb: 1-9.
- Kalinowski*, R.S. and M.D. Johnson. 2010. Influence of suburban habitat on a wintering bird community in coastal Northern California. The Condor 112:274-282.
- Oldham*, A.R. and J.M. Black. 2009. Experimental tests of latrine use and communication by river otters. Northwestern Naturalist 90:207-211.
- Penland*, T. and J.M. Black. 2009. Seasonal variation in river otter diet in coastal northern California. Northwestern Naturalist 90:233-237.
- 2012 Smith*, C., M.D. Johnson, B. Campos*, and C. Bishop*. Variation in aggressive behavior of black-throated blue warblers in Jamaica.
The Condor 114: 831-839.