Our lab regularly houses a technician, graduate and undergraduate students, and hosts visiting scientists.
Dr. Jeff Kane: I am an Assistant Professor of Fire Ecology and Fuels Management at Humboldt State University Department of Forestry and Wildland Resources. I am generally interested in a broad array of topics related to the ecology and management of fire prone ecosystems. The purpose of my research is to better understand the impacts of fire and other distrubances on wildlands and to provide information that will improve the management, restoration, and conservation of these ecosytems. Additionally, I use my research to actively involve undergraduate students both inside and outside of the classroom. I use a combination of field and laboratory techniques for my research including standard forest and fire measurements, dendroecological (tree rings) approaches, and laboratory burns.
I typically advise 3-6 graduate students each semester. Annual deadlines for application materials are February 15 for fall admissions and September 15 for spring admissions.
Former Graduate Students and Projects
Eamon Engber (MS 2010) BS University of California, Berkeley. Fuelbed heterogeneity, flammability, and restoration of historically fire frequent oak woodlands with fire.
Matthew Cocking (MS 2011) BS University of California, Santa Cruz. The effects of native conifer encroachment and importance of high-severity wildfire in fire-excluded California black oak ecosystems of northern California
Erin Banwell (MS 2011) BS Humboldt State University. Forest floor characteristics and moisture dynamics in Jeffrey pine-white fir forests of the Lake Tahoe Basin, USA.
Current Graduate Students and Projects
More information coming soon.
Current Undergraduate Research
I have between 1 and 6 undergraduate students working in the Fire Lab, either as paid positions or volunteers.