Fall 2011


Standout Students Earn NSF Fellowships

A RECORD FIVE HUMBOLDT students were awarded prestigious National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships during the 2010-2011 academic year. Four of the students were also members of

the Indian Natural Resource, Science and Engineering Program (INRSEP) or the

Society for Advancing Hispanics/Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS).

“What makes these students outstanding scientists and engineers is a holistic understanding of their fields and the ability to express the value of their research and how people in the community can use it,” says Jacquelyn Bolman, who directs INRSEP. “There’s no doubt that they are going to do some awesome work.”

The fellowship supports students earning graduate degrees. It includes a $30,000 annual stipend and a $10,500 cost-of-education allowance.

Rosalinda Gonzalez, Oregon State University, Ph.D. program

Rosalinda Gonzalez
As a child in the Southern California desert region, Rosalinda Gonzalez (‘11, Environmental Science) always appreciated safe, drinkable water. In college, she focused on the range of life forms affected by water issues. As part of her doctoral studies, Gonzales hopes to utilize water sciences and fisheries as indicators of water quality.

Daniel Hernandez, University of Washington, Ph.D. program

Rosalinda Gonzalez
Coming from a coastal, tribal culture, Daniel Hernandez (‘10, Environmental Science) always felt a connection to the ocean and its wildlife. During his Ph.D. program, Hernandez will study coho and sockeye salmon populations as they relate to changes in temperature.

Dawn McCovey, Humboldt State University, M.S. program

Rosalinda Gonzalez
“I already had the value of wanting to make a difference environmentally,” says Dawn McCovey (‘06, Wildlife Management) on her decision to enroll in Wildlife as an undergrad at HSU. “I wanted to impart stewardship to the rest of my community as well.”

McCovey works as a wildlife biologist for the Hoopa Valley Tribe and will pursue her master’s degree in Natural Resources, with an emphasis on Wildlife at HSU. Her current research involves radio tracking of the culturally significant pileated woodpecker.

Jeremy Rude, University of California, Santa Barbara, M.E.S.M. program

Rosalinda Gonzalez
Rude (‘11, Environmental Science) came to HSU as a C- student with a love of the tropics. But he turned things around, focused his studies on Environmental Policy, and was able to participate in several national and international research projects.

In his graduate studies, Rude plans to explore the relationship between biodiversity, conservation and indigenous culture.

Ryan Ziels, University of Washington, Ph.D. program

Rosalinda Gonzalez
As part of his Ph.D. program, Ziels (‘11, Environmental Resources Engineering) hopes to modify existing wastewater treatment plant technology to treat food waste as well, through the process of biodigestion.

With biodigestion, treated food waste creates biogas and compost as byproducts. The resulting biogas can be used as a cleaner-burning renewable energy source, and the compost can be used as a nutrient-rich fertilizer.

Ziels’ ultimate goal is to create a biogas renewable energy company.