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, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor - Geospatial Science

Research Interest Areas:

  • Geographic Information Science
  • Remote Sensing
Daniel Lipe

Daniel Lipe, Ed.D.

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


Research Interest Areas:

  • Applied Terrestrial Ecology
Kevin Fingerman

Kevin Fingerman, Ph.D.

Associate Professor - Energy & Climate

Research Interest Areas:

  • Water/Energy Nexus
  • Bioenergy
  • Life Cycle Assessment (LCA)
Jim Graham, Ph.D.

Jim Graham, Ph.D.

Professor - Geospatial Science


Research Interest Areas:

  • GIS
  • Spatial analysis
  • Habitat suitability modeling
Jennifer  Marlow, J.D.

Jennifer Marlow, J.D.

Assistant Professor - Environmental Law

Areas of Interest:

  • Environmental Law
  • Environmental Policy
  • Climate Justice
Dr. Alison O'Dowd

Alison O’Dowd, Ph.D.

Professor - Ecological Restoration

Research Interests:

  • River Ecology and Food webs
  • Impacts of dams and dam removal on aquatic ecosystems
  • Ecological Restoration
Laurie Richmond, Ph.D.

Laurie Richmond, Ph.D.

Professor - Environmental Planning


Research Areas:

  • Marine, Coastal and Community Resilience
William Trush, Ph.D.

William Trush, Ph.D.

Adjunct Professor - Ecological Restoration