Biological Sciences Seminar Series for Spring 14

Dr. Roel Nusse, Stanford University School of Medicine, will present: Wnt Signaling and Stem Cell Control”, Friday, April 18th @ 4pm in SciB 133.

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The Biology Dept. Office was a buzz with activity for Halloween 2013!

CONGRATULATIONS DR. TERRY HENKEL! Terry was one of several authors that contributed to a paper that come out yesterday in Science (October 18, 2013) on "Hyperdominance in the Amazonian tree flora" that is a massive meta-analysis of tree distribution patterns over tropical South America based on data from 1,430 plots across the entire region. Terry contributed data from a number of these plots from the Guianas region, which were unique to the dataset in exhibiting the highest levels of single species dominance and lowest overall woody plant alpha-diversity.


HSU Program Enriches Local Science Teachers

A handful of local middle and high school science teachers recently participated in a professional development program at HSU led by Biology professor Casey Lu through the Redwood Science Project (RSP). The purpose of the 3-day workshop was to give local educators a chance to network and enhance their curriculum through lab demonstrations and use of HSU’s electron microscopes.


The 2012-2013 HSU CIRM Bridges Scholars return to campus Friday May 17!

Come see what the students did during their last 9 months researching stem cells and regenerative cures at Stanford University, University of California San Francisco or University of California Davis. Please join us in celebrating their exciting accomplishments!

Biological Sciences Seminar Series

All are welcome to this weeks seminar speaker, Dr. Marshal Hedin, San Diego State, as he presents, "Exploring Cryptic Lineage Diversification in Mygalomorph Spiders of California". This will be our last seminar for spring 2013, hope you can make it! Fri., May 10th in SciB 135 at 4 pm. Please join us!


Botany Awards Ceremony takes place April 26, 2013 @ 2:30pm in SciB 157

Dr. Terry Henkel, Scholar of the Year Presentation - The Path Less Trodden

March 27, 2013 starting @ 5:00 pm in Van Duzer Theater - Dr. Henkel has pioneered the study of fungal biodiversity in the tropical rainforests of South America’s Guiana Shield, a remote and poorly studied region of the world. He will review two decades of field work in the relentless search for elusive, undiscovered fungi.

Alum Leads Effort to Rebuild NY Aquarium after Hurricane

Agreement with Redwood Capital Bank Bolsters Natural History Museum

HSU Biology Student Nets Fellowship for Sea Level Study

HSU Student Wins Prestigious CSU Teaching Award

Bio Core Upgrades Support Student Research

Federal Grant Boosts HSU’s Tick Biology Research

Dr. John Sawyer

Dear colleagues,

I'm writing to tell you the sad news that our friend and colleague, Professor Emeritus John Sawyer, passed away August 19, 2012.  John joined the HSU faculty in 1966 and retired in 2000.   Over the many years, he taught General Ecology, Plant Ecology, Desert Ecology, and Alpine Ecology as well as lab sections in Plant Taxonomy.  His particular forte was graduate education; he mentored more than 35 graduate students, many of whom now professional ecologists.   John was a community ecologist and widely regarded as an expert on the vegetation of California.  He was also an excellent general field biologist, an avid backpacker, and a very good plant taxonomist.  Many of the plant specimens in our herbarium, especially ones from remote montane localities, bear his name as collector.  John's special loves were woody groups like conifers and members of the rose, cascara, and huckleberry families.  He liked to call the herbaceous plants that I study "ground trash", but I suspect that he loved them too.   Along with his many former students and friends across the state and country, I'm going to miss John.


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Students’ Moss Research Uncovers Potentially New Species

Undergraduate students working with Biology Professor Mihai Tomescu have discovered several potentially new species, one of which was included in a new family, from collections of plant fossils.


Reiss, Wilson Named National Academy of Sciences Fellows

The National Academy of Sciences has recognized Humboldt State Biological Sciences Chair John Reiss and Biological Sciences Professor Mark Wilson for their work exploring new approaches to teaching.


HSU Graduate Becomes The New Director Of N.Y. Aquarium

Alumnus making a big splash In New York: HSU Graduate Becomes The New Director Of N.Y. Aquarium.


Biology Grad Students get Specialized Computer Lab

Humboldt State University has opened a new computer lab for graduate students in biology. The shared-use laboratory supports graduate-level study and research in the biological sciences.


Vertebrate Collection Gets Lawlor Dedication

Mammal Collection renamed the T.E. Lawlor Mammal Collection, in honor of longtime Curator Tim Lawlor.


HSU Attracts $892K for Biology Mentoring

Humboldt State University will enroll its first group of under represented students next summer under a five-year, $892,000 National Science Foundation grant to mentor undergraduate research in the biological sciences.


HSU, Sac State Garner $3M Environmental Grant

The National Science Foundation has awarded $2 million to Sacramento State and $1 million to Humboldt State for their partnership in the California Environmental Legacy Project.


Campus Nets Big Stem Cell Grant

Professor Jacob Varkey, who teaches genetics and biotechnology with HSU’s Biological Sciences department, says stem cell biology will be a major facet of modern science in coming years.  “Stem cell biology is a basic science—to really understand what development is and how cells divide and differentiate into different cell types. This grant is a beginning for what we see as a longterm objective of HSU,” says Varkey.

Botany Program Thrives at Humboldt

DNA Analysis Grows at Humboldt State University