Graduate Student Research Topics

Current Students

Imil Ferrara
Thesis: A Political Ecology of Northwest California Land Communities
Advisor: Yvonne Everett, Ph.D.

Leanne Lynch
Thesis: Access to Recreational Open Space in Patterson, CA: A Geospatial Analysis Utilizing Geographic Information Systems
Advisor: Yvonne Everett, Ph.D.

Lori Biondini
Thesis: Fisheries Management in Hoopa
Advisor: Yvonne Everett, Ph.D.

Dawn Albrecht
Thesis: From Vulnerability to Resilience - Emergency Planning for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities in Humboldt County, California
Advisor: Yvonne Everett, Ph.D.

Rebecca Cashero
Thesis: Resilience, Place, and Collaborative Organization: A Political Ecology of Distributed Woody Biomass Energy Development in Rural California Communities
Advisor: Yvonne Everett, Ph.D.

Kagat McQuillan
Thesis: Yurok Food Resources from the Redwood Experimental Forest (REF) with an emphasis on Vaccinium parvifolium
Advisor: Yvonne Everett, Ph.D.

Jordan Adair
Thesis: A comparison of Unmanned Aerial Systems and traditional Remove Sensing Methods to Monitor Vegetation Responses to Dam Releases into Rush Creek on Mono
Advisor: Jim Graham, Ph.D.

Melissa Kobetsky
Thesis: Analysis of Sediment Deposition and Erosion Dynamics in Response to Channel Reconstruction in Salt River
Advisor: Jim Graham, Ph.D.

Ethan Luckens
Thesis: Calculating the Channel Forming Flow of Hall Creek, Humboldt County, California with Flow Modeling Software and LiDAR data
Advisor: Jim Graham, Ph.D.

Aaron Taveras
Thesis: Evaluating the performance and preference for 2D and 3D maps for tsunami evacuation
Advisor: Jim Graham, Ph.D.

Portia Saucedo
Thesis: Habitat Suitability Modeling for Canary Rockfish (Sebastes pinniger) along the Northern California Coast
Advisor: Jim Graham, Ph.D.

Melissa Kimble
Thesis: Mapping Uncertainty for Habitat Suitability Models of North American Tree Species
Advisor: Jim Graham, Ph.D.

Jasmine Shen
Thesis: Pulse flow releases and inundation of marginal habitat: responses of drift and benthic macroinvertebrate forage concentration downstream of Lewiston Dam on the Trinity River, CA
Advisor: Alison O’Dowd, Ph.D.

Jessica Coming
Thesis: Salmonid occupation and benthic macroinvertebrate communities of Klamath River tributaries downstream of Iron Gate Dam prior to dam removal
Advisor: Alison O’Dowd, Ph.D.



Katrina Nystrom
Thesis: Quantifying Pacific Lamprey (Entosphenous tridentus) ammocoete habitat availability and risk associated with the summer hydrograph recession limb in Coastal Northern California
Advisor: Alison O’Dowd, Ph.D.










Mark Douglas
Thesis: Yosemite Wilderness Visitor Travel Patterns -- Implications for Trailhead Permit Quotas
Advisor: Steven R. Martin, Ph.D.


Dan Shyrock
Thesis: Ecological Conditions and Monitoring Standards for Meadows in the John Muir and Ansel Adams Wilderness Areas, CA.
Advisor: Steven R. Martin, Ph.D.


Cybelle Immitt
Thesis: The potential of community action plans to promote economic revitalization through rural county planning
Advisor: Yvonne Everett, Ph.D.


Lisa Spadoni
Thesis: The effectiveness of land use planning on the preservation of open space in five rural, high amenity communities in the Rocky Mountains
Advisor: Yvonne Everett, Ph.D.


Zach Jarrett
Thesis: Expectancy-Disconfirmation Theory and Recreation Visitor Satisfaction
Advisor: Steven R. Martin, Ph.D.


Chaeli Judd
Thesis: Mapping Aquatic Vegetation: Using Bathymetric & Hyperspectral Imagery to Classify Submerged Eelgrass in Humboldt Bay, California
Advisor: Steven J. Steinberg, Ph.D., GISP

Jennifer Taylor
Thesis: Effectiveness of Hands-On Learning in a Children's Interpretive Program
Advisor: Carolyn J. Ward, Ph.D.


Brook R. Edwards
Thesis: Historical assessment of the ecological condition and channel dynamics of the lower Mokelumne River : 1910-2001
Advisor: Steven J. Steinberg, Ph.D., GISP


Jolie Lonner
Thesis: Determining the Sustainable Harvest of Oregon Grape (Berberis nervosa)
Advisor: Yvonne Everett, Ph.D.

Patty Clifford
Thesis: Integrating logistic regression and GIS to predict the distribution of Petasites frigidus in the Klamath Mountain subregion, C
Advisor: Yvonne Everett, Ph.D.

Jeff Marsolais
Thesis: Visitor Perceptions of Management Actions Across the Recreation Opportunity Spectrum
Advisor: Steven J. Steinberg, Ph.D., GISP


William D. Ritts
Thesis: A quantitative risk assessment of Port Orford cedar root disease in the Smith River National Recreation Area.
Advisor: Steven J. Steinberg, Ph.D., GISP


Michael D. Hass
Thesis: A Klamath River fisheries restoration webGIS
Advisor: Steven J. Steinberg, Ph.D., GISP