Graduate Student Research Topics

Current Students

Trevor Haltermann
Thesis: Evaluation of the CalFire methodology for determining the origin point of a wildfire.
Advisor: David Greene

Kelsey Fletterick
Thesis: The Brief Window for Early Post-fire Regeneration.
Advisor: David Greene

Heather Rickard
Thesis: Factors contributing to legacy hardwood mortality following prescribed fire
Advisor: Jeffrey Kane

Jackson Carrasco
Thesis: Post-fire mortality rates and regeneration within second-growth redwood stands
Advisor: Jeffrey Kane

Kaily Fineran
Thesis: Prescribed fire treatment longevity in legacy hardwood stands of the Klamath Mountains
Advisor: Jeffrey Kane

Joe Nicholas
Thesis: Response of fuels and vegetation to high severity fire in mixed evergreen forests of the Klamath Mountains.
Advisor: Jeffrey Kane

Catriona Barr
Thesis: Assessing human community recovery after wildfire
Advisor: Erin Kelly

Claire Anderson
Thesis: The evolution of private lands forest policies in California and Oregon
Advisor: Erin Kelly

Lonyx Landry
Thesis: Soil sampling for Phytophthora spp.
Advisor: Susan Edinger Marshall

Jill Beckmann
Thesis: The effects of severe drought on radial stem growth of Oregon white oak
Advisor: Rosemary Sherriff

Lindsay Benjamin-Brittany
Thesis: Assessment of Carbon Storage and Aquifer Recharge in Beaver Meadows of the Sierra Nevada, USA
Advisor: Andrew Stubblefield

Preston Selby
Thesis: Evaluation of thinning on stream thermal conditions in coastal Redwood riparian forests.
Advisor: Andrew Stubblefield

Andre Sanchez
Thesis: Quantifying summer water budget use by fir and oak trees within overtopped and released forest stands.
Advisor: Andrew Stubblefield

Kayla Fitzpatrick
Thesis: Water Quality Assessment of the Klamath River
Advisor: Andrew Stubblefield

Zachary Erickson
Thesis: Integrating ways of knowing: utilizing tribal management perspectives to guide modern silviculture methods in cooperative forest management
Advisor: Pascal Berrill

Judson Fisher
Thesis: Mitigating wildfire hazard in the redwoods: effectiveness and trade-offs of fuels treatments
Advisor: Pascal Berrill

Robert Raibley (co-advised)
Thesis: The effects of post-harvest residue on plantation forest regeneration of redwood and Douglas-fir
Advisor: Pascal Berrill




Katherine Marlin
Thesis: Post-fire regeneration of the serotinous Knobcone pine
Advisor: David Greene



Cerena Brewen
Thesis: Multidecadal change in aspen experiencing long-unburned, mixed-severity wildfire, and reburn disturbance regimes
Advisor: Pascal Berrill

Kurt Schneider
Thesis: Understory light, regeneration, and browsing effects in irregular structures created by partial harvesting in coast redwood stands
Advisor: Pascal Berrill

Robert Muma
Thesis: Converting coast redwood/ Douglas-fir forests to multiaged management; residual stand damage, growth, and regeneration response
Advisor: Pascal Berrill



Michael Vernon
Thesis: In the face of drought: Do fuel treatments promote resistance to multi-year drought in a mixed-conifer forest of northern California?

Walter Kast
Thesis: Finding nondestructive parameters for root-to-shoot ratios in Douglas-fir, grand fir, and redwood saplings in northwest California for biomass and carbon storage estimates
Advisor: Pascal Berrill


Chris Valness
Thesis: Performance and morphology in Sequoiadendron genotypes outside of their range
Advisor: Pascal Berrill


Madelinn Schriver
Thesis: Stand and tree growth characteristics of Quercus garryana and Quercus kelloggi woodlands in northwestern California

Nichole Besyk
Thesis: Predicting phosphorus retention in two Haplohumult forest soils of northern California

Radeslow Glebocki
Thesis: Fuel loading and moisture dynamics in thinned coast redwood ? Douglas-fir forests in Headwaters Forest Reserve, California

Zawisza Grabinski-Parker
Thesis: Reburn severity interactions over 30 years in the Klamath Mountains ecoregion, California, USA


Amy Livingston
Thesis: Plant community responses to fire exclusion, species invasions, and restoration in California woodlands and grasslands.

Tim Montgomery
Thesis: Modeling work plan logistics for biomass recovery operations using spatial analysis.

Hai Vuong
Thesis: Using liDAR to estimate the total aboveground live biomass of redwood stands in South Fork Caspar Creek Watershed, Jackson Demonstration State Forest, Mendocino, California.

Christopher Kirk
Thesis: Second log branch analysis of redwood and Douglas-fir
Advisor: Pascal Berrill

Bobby Howe
Thesis: Coast redwood growth response to herbicide treatment of tanoak
Advisor: Pascal Berrill



Sara Hanna
Thesis: Long-term, post-fire dynamics of a sagebrush steppe community in northeastern California.

Brandon Namm
Thesis: Root morphology and belowground carbon storage in tanoak (Notholithocarpus densiflorus)
Advisor: Pascal Berrill


Sungnome Madrone
Thesis: Fine sediment sources of coastal watersheds with uplifted marine terraces in Northwest Humboldt County, California.

Matt Cocking
Thesis: The Role of Native Conifer Encroachment and the Return of Fire to California Black Oak Ecosystems in Northern California.


Eamon Engber
Thesis: Fuelbed heterogeneity, flammability, and restoration of historically fire frequent oak woodlands with fire.

Claire Knopf
Thesis: A permeability study on salmonid spawning riffles in the Little River drainage and Canon Creek in Northern Humboldt County, California.