Lab Director

Dr. Rosemary Sherriff

Professor: Department of Geography

Program Coordinator AY18-19: Environmental Studies Program

Graduate Faculty: Forest and Wildland Sciences Program

Phone: 707-826-4119

Research Associates

Kelly Muth

I have been working with Dr. Rosemary Sherriff since 2011.  As a geography student (BA 2012), I was both a teaching assistant for Physical Geography and an undergraduate research assistant in the Dendroecology Lab. I've continued to work as a lab technician in the Dendroecology Lab part-time since 2011.  My work includes dendrochronology, climate analysis, and database management.

Graduate Students

Forest and Wildland Sciences Program, Natural Resources

Zach Wenderott

Zach Wenderott received his Bachelor of Science degree from Montana State University, in Bozeman, Montana, in 2011. At this point, he cast a wide net of interests as he pursued several avenues within the biological and natural resources field. His experiences range from herpetology work on the Upper Missouri Breaks National Monument to salmonid spawning surveys, to working as a fisheries observer on the Pacific Ocean, and many other pursuits in-between.

In 2015, Zach began working for the United States Geological Survey (USGS) based out of the Redwood Field Station, in Arcata, California. This work offered ample opportunity to travel across much of the western United States participating in a diverse spectrum of projects primarily geared towards enhancing the understanding of forest ecology and forest dynamics amidst changing climatic conditions. More recently, Zach worked for a local forestry consulting firm in Arcata, further cementing his passion for forest stewardship. Through these experiences, he has developed interests for forest ecology, forest management and conservation, and dendrochronology, as well as an increasing passion for backpacking and all things outdoors.

In his pursuit of a Master of Science at Humboldt State University, his project is focused on furthering the understanding of the effects of existing prescribed fire management techniques and their subsequent benefit in enhancing tree resistance and resilience to severe drought events in Lassen National Park.

Jill Beckmann

In addition to being a graduate student at Humboldt State, Jill Beckmann is the GIS Specialist and Data Steward for the Karuk Tribe Department of Natural Resources. She has a BA in Geography with minors in both Biology and Natural Resources Planning from Humboldt State University (2006). Jill has worked for several different agencies and governments ranging from the North Cascades to the Coachella Valley, leading and cooperatively participating in several large-scale restoration projects. She has designed vegetation monitoring programs in Northern and Southern California and has extensive experience and knowledge of geographic information science and ecology. Jill currently serves as a core team member of the Western Klamath Restoration Partnership and is especially inspired by the Karuk Tribe’s place-based culture and commitment to revitalizing the relationship between human communities and the natural landscape through fire. She is also apart of the Fire Learning Network's Prescribed Fire Training Exchange Coaches Network and works as a Situation Unit Leader trainee on a Type 1 interagency incident management team.

Alumni and Past Members

Micah Wright

I am broadly interested in disturbance ecology, especially relating to forested ecosystems. I am also interested in statistical programming, data visualization, and reproducible research.