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Paul Blank, Professor

Paul Blank

Contact
E-mail: pwb1@humboldt.edu
Phone: (707) 826-4115
Office: Founders Hall 129

Education
Ph.D. Geography, University of Texas, 1989
MS Geography, University of Wisconsin, Madison 1977
AB Sociology -Anthropology, Oberlin College, OH 1972

Research & Teaching
Eurasia, the Middle East and the Mediterranean and Pacific Basins. Re-conceptualizing area studies to incorporate sea and ocean basins, as well as new pedagogies involving large-scale floor maps and interdisciplinary teaching.

Courses Taught:

  • Geog 300: Global Awareness
  • Geog 304: Migrations and Mosaics
  • Geog 472: Exploring the Silk Road

Mary Beth Cunha, Lab Manager and Lecturer

Mary Beth Cunha

Contact
E-mail: mbc7001@humboldt.edu
Phone: (707) 826-4118
Office: Founders Hall 127

Education
Master of Arts in Geography, University of California, Davis, 1985.
Bachelor of Arts with Honors in Spanish, University of California, Davis, 1981.
Valedictorian, Yuba City High School, 1977.

Research & Teaching
Cartography, mapping sciences, air photo interpretation.

Courses Taught:

  • GEOG 101G & 102G: Geospatial Concepts and Lab
  • GEOG 316G: Cartography
  • GEOG 416G: Advanced Cartography
  • GEOG 426G: Cartography Practicum

Stephen Cunha, Professor

Stephen Cunha

Contact
E-mail: sc10@humboldt.edu
Phone: (707) 826-4975
Office: Founders Hall 107
Curriculum Vitae

Education
PhD UC Davis - Geography
MA UC Davis - Geography
BA UC Berkeley - Geography
BS UC Berkeley - Conservation and Resource Science

Research & Teaching
Environmental geography, mountain environments, Central Asia, Alaska, Sierra Nevada.

Courses Taught:

  • GEOG 105: Cultural Geography
  • GEOG 301: Environmental Conservation
  • GEOG 353: Mountain Geography
  • GEOG 411: Senior Field Research
  • GEOG 672: Graduate Seminar in Central Asia

Matthew Derrick, Assistant Professor

Matthew Derrick

Contact
E-mail: mad632@humboldt.edu
Phone: (707) 826-4976
Office: Founders Hall 131
Curriculum Vitae

Education
PhD in Geography, University of Oregon
MA in Geography, University of Oregon
MA in Russian and East European Studies, University of Oregon
BA in English, Augsburg College

Research & Teaching
Cultural and political geography, national and religious identity in Eurasia, territorial conflict, geopolitics, Russia and the former Soviet space

Courses Taught:

  • GEOG 105: Cultural Geography
  • GEOG 311: Geographic Resarch and Writing
  • GEOG 411: Senior Field Research
  • GEOG 471: Political Geography

Nick Ramirez, Lecturer

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Contact
E-mail: nick.ramirez@humboldt.edu
Phone: (707) 826-3946
Office: Brookings House 18, Room 102

Education
M.S., Humboldt State University
B.A., California State University, San Bernardino

Research & Teaching
GIS, Cartography, Mapping Sciences,Environmental Science

Courses Taught:

  • GEOG 101L: Geospatial Concept Labs

Dr. Sarah Ray, Assistant Professor -Environmental Studies Program Lead

Sarah Ray

Contact
On Leave Fall 2014
E-mail: sr1478@humboldt.edu
Phone: (707) 826-3915
Office: Founders Hall 134

Education
PhD, University of Oregon, Environmental Sciences, Studies, and Policy
MA, UT-Austin, American Studies
BA-Swarthmore College, Religious Studies

Research & Teaching
Environmental humanities, environmental justice, ecocriticism, disability studies, cultural studies, ecomedia studies, and feminist theory.

Courses Taught:

  • ENST 120: Introduction to Environmental Studies
  • ENST 295: Power/Privilege and the Environment
  • ENST 395: Research and Analysis in Environmental Studies
  • ENST 490: Environmental Studies Capstone

Anthony Rossi, Lecturer

Anthony Rossi

Contact
E-mail: afr2@humboldt.edu
Phone: (707) 826-4114
Office: Founders Hall 109B

Education
B.A., Humboldt State University

Research & Teaching
Environmental geography, parks & protected areas, mountain regions, Central Asia, Alaska

Courses Taught:

  • GEOG 472: China and Tibet
  • GEOG 499: China and Tibet Independent Field Study
  • **Summer field research in China and Tibet**

Rosemary Sherriff, Associate Professor & Department Chair

Rosemary Sherriff

Contact
E-mail: sherriff@humboldt.edu
Phone: (707) 826-4119
Office: Founders Hall 110
Curriculum Vitae
Dendroecology Lab

Education
PhD, University of Colorado, Boulder, Geography
MA, University of Colorado, Boulder, Geography
BS, University of Oregon, Geography

Research & Teaching
Biogeography, landscape ecology, forest disturbances (wildfire, insect outbreaks), dendroecology, geospatial analysis.

Courses Taught:

  • GEOG 106: Physical Geography
  • GEOG 473: Biogeography
  • GEOG 473: Climate Change, Ecosystems, and People
  • GEOG 473: Advanced Physical Geography
  • GEOG 411: Senior Field Research

Dr. Michelle D. Sievertson, Lecturer

Michelle Sievertson

Contact
E-mail: msd577@humboldt.edu
Phone: (707) 826-4114
Office: Founders Hall 109B

Education
M.A., University of Arizona
B.S., California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

Research & Teaching
Geography Education, Culture, especially Native Americans

Outside Interests
Travel, gardening, fishing, working on our 1903 Queen Anne Victorian

Courses Taught:

  • GEOG 470: Geography for Teachers

Dr. Chelsea Teale, Lecturer


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Contact
Email:
chelsea.teale@humboldt.edu
Phone: (707) 826-4115
Office: Founders Hall 133

Education
PhD, Pennsylvania State University
MA, Syracuse University
BA, State University of New York at Geneseo

Research & Teaching

Courses Taught:

  • GEOG 106 and 106L: Physical Geography
  • GEOG 473 and 473M: Biogeography
  • GSP 101L: Geospatial Concepts Lab

Alma Zechman, Administrative Support Coordinator

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Contact
E-mail:
alma.zechman@humboldt.edu
Phone: (707) 826-3946
Office: Founders Hall 109
Office hours: 8-5 M-F

Education
B.A. Child Development, California State University, Fresno


Cesar Chavez, Student Assistant


Contact
Email:
geogoff@humboldt.edu
Phone: (707) 826-3946
Office: Founders Hall 109

Major
Forestry