Graduate Program

Environmental Science & Management is one of four options in the Master of Science program in Natural Resources.

The program includes options in Environmental Science & Management (ESM), Forestry, Watershed and Wildland Sciences (FWWS), Wildlife, and Fisheries, and provides graduate training in traditional disciplines, as well as flexibility for training in the interdisciplinary aspects of natural resources. 

Below is a list of ESM 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 aligns 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 Loading....

For information about the Natural Resources graduate program visit the Graduate Program page.

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

Graduate Faculty

Tawanda Gara

Tawanda Gara

Assistant Professor - Geospatial Science

  • Geographic Information Science
  • Remote Sensing
Daniel Lipe

Daniel Lipe

Assistant Professor - Indigenous Science

My specialty area lies within the intersection of Indigenous and Western science worldviews and how these understandings can be utilized to enhance and reconnect us to the spaces and places that nourish and sustain us all. This work is done through on the ground participatory action research projects centered on understanding Indigenous relational accountability through Traditional Ecological Knowledge and experiential learning.

Kerry M. Byrne

Kerry M. Byrne, Ph.D.

Associate Professor - Applied Ecology


Applied Terrestrial Ecology

Yvonne Everett

Yvonne Everett, Ph.D.

Professor - Environmental Planning

Environmental and Natural Resources Planning

Kevin Fingerman

Kevin Fingerman, Ph.D.

Associate Professor - Energy & Climate

Water/Energy Nexus, bioenergy, Life Cycle Assessment (LCA)

Jim Graham

Jim Graham, Ph.D.

Associate Professor - Geospatial Science


Spatial analysis, habitat suitability modeling

Dr. Jen Marlow

Jennifer Marlow, J.D.

Assistant Professor - Environmental Law

Environmental Law, Environmental Policy, Climate Justice

Dr. Alison O'Dowd

Alison O’Dowd, Ph.D.

Professor - Ecological Restoration

Ecological Restoration, Aquatic Ecology

Laurie Richmond

Laurie Richmond, Ph.D.

Professor - Environmental Planning

William Trush, Ph.D.

William Trush, Ph.D.

Adjunct Professor - Ecological Restoration