Publications and achievements submitted by our faculty, staff, and students.

Faculty Timothy Mulligan / Andre Buchheister Fisheries Biology Dr. Timothy Mulligan and Dr. Andre Buchheister received a $122,000 grant from the San Jose State University Moss Landing Marine Lab to continue an ongoing, collaborative off-shore reef monitoring program.The study collects data on the diversity, abundance, size structure, and movement of rocky reef fishes in Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) and associated reference sites. The project is part of the state-wide California Collaborative Fisheries Research Program (CCFRP), which is funded by the Ocean Protection Council. This program is evaluating the effectiveness of California MPAs and providing valuable data for the sustainable management of rockfish and other fish species.

Submitted: September 1, 2022

Faculty Andre Buchheister, Rafael Cuevas Uribe Fisheries Biology Dr. Andre Buchheister and Dr. Rafael Cuevas Uribe have been awarded a $150,000 grant from CalTrout to support their research on Sacramento Pikeminnow, an invasive fish species in the Eel River. The project will assess how a novel method (the Trojan Y Chromosome Strategy) could be used to eradicate the species, because pikeminnow are hindering recovery of several threatened salmonid species. Insights from the study will provide fisheries managers and scientists with innovative, tactical advice on how to regulate invasive Pikeminnow to enhance recovery of threatened California salmonids. Project collaborators include Stillwater Sciences, the Wiyot Tribe, and agency scientists.

Submitted: June 30, 2022

Faculty Andre Buchheister Fisheries Biology A subset of members from the Ecological Reference Points (ERP) Team were recognized for their ERP Stock Assessment for Atlantic Menhaden. This team of scientists helped to significantly advance the understanding of menhaden and its role as an important forage fish, providing the Commission with the tools needed to manage menhaden in an ecologically sustainable way. Of special note are Dr. David Chagaris and Dr. Andre Buchheister, experts in the field of fisheries resources, predator-prey interactions, and ecosystem-based fisheries management and models, for their work on the development of the ERP model which is currently being used in management.

Submitted: May 5, 2022

Faculty Mark Henderson / Andre Buchheister Fisheries Biology

Dr. Mark Henderson and Dr. Andre Buchheister received a grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to support research into deep-sea corals and sponges (DSCS). The project will compare species distribution models for DSCS that are associated with commercially important fishes, and assess suitable DSCS habitat inside and outside protected waters in southern California. Results will provide information on where DSCS may be occurring, and may point to areas that are important to fisheries and the greater ecosystem due to the known connection between DSCS and commercial fish.

Former graduate student Nissa Kreidler will be a project collaborator.

Submitted: November 5, 2021

Faculty Rafael Cuevas Uribe Fisheries Biology

Dr. Rafael Cuevas Uribe (Fisheries Biology) has received a grant from the Western Regional Aquaculture Center to support a collaborative aquaculture project between HSU, Virginia Tech, and Kodiak Seafood and Marine Science Center, which aims to collect and assemble information on western aquaculture and distill it into easily accessible digital media forms.

Funding will enable Cuevas Uribe and a graduate student to collect farm-level data from fish farmers in California, and then produce at least one video vignette that highlights the farmers, their care for their animals, the commitment to environmental stewardship, and social responsibility.

Submitted: October 21, 2021

Faculty Darren Ward Fisheries Biology

HSU Fisheries Biology Professor Dr. Darren Ward received a grant from the Cooperative Institute for Marine, Earth, and Atmospheric Systems to support an ongoing research collaboration project between HSU, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries Southwest Fisheries Science Center, Fisheries Ecology Division, and the California Coastal Area Office, NOAA Fisheries West Coast Region.

The project supports research and graduate student training related to habitat and conservation of federally-listed salmon, and allows for enhanced research efforts that complement NOAA Fisheries research and management information needs in northern California.

Submitted: October 11, 2021

Student Taylor Zenobia Fisheries Biology

Taylor Zenobia, FISH undergraduate, has been awarded Best Student Oral Presentation by the U.S. Aquaculture Society at their annual conference in Oah’u, Hawai’i! Taylor is also minoring in Scientific Scuba Diving and Women’s Studies.

Submitted: February 25, 2020

Student Frank Mele Fisheries Biology

Won U.S. Aquaculture Society Best Abstract/Travel Award at Aquaculture America, Honolulu, Hawaii

Submitted: February 25, 2020

Faculty Cynthia Le Doux-Bloom Fisheries Biology

Invited presenter, along with Drs. Peter Moyle and David Ostrach, to address the California Fish & Game Commssion on the 1996 Striped Bass Policy and its fishery implications.

Submitted: January 22, 2020

Faculty Cynthia Le Doux-Bloom, Darren Ward Fisheries Biology

Co-hosted a two day workshop funded by STEM NET, Blue Lake Casio, and Tribal Tech to investigate the Klamath Basin Tribes' interest in developing new Native and Western sciences collaborations around dam removal for HSU students. Attendees includes Tribal members from the Klamath Tribes, Hoopa, Yurok, and others, Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission, Klamath River Renewal Corp., Klamath Basin Monitoring Program, UC Davis, and HSU staff and faculty.

Submitted: January 9, 2020

Faculty Cynthia Le Doux-Bloom Fisheries Biology

Received $30,000 from Bureau of Reclamation proposal entitled, "Using juvenile lamprey to assess Tribal Drinking Water Quality on the Hoopa Valley Indian Reservation." Pilot Study, Phase II.

Submitted: January 8, 2020

Faculty Andrew Kinziger Fisheries Biology

Andrew Kinziger and co-authors from the Redwood Sciences Lab published a peer reviewed paper in Environmental Biology of Fishes:

Kinziger, A.P., R.J. Nakamoto, A. Aguilar, B.C. Harvey. 2019. California roach (Hesperoleucus symmetricus) in the Eel River of northwestern California: native or introduced? Environmental Biology of Fishes 102:771–781. DOI
10.1007/s10641-019-00870-x [article]

Submitted: November 12, 2019

Student Michael Sutter and Andrew Kinziger Fisheries Biology

Fisheries Biology graduate student Michael Sutter published his thesis in Conservation Genetics. Michael's MS mentor was Dr. Andrew Kinziger.

Sutter, M., and A.P. Kinziger. 2019. Rangewide tidewater goby occupancy survey using environmental DNA. Conservation Genetics 20:597-613. doi: 10.1007/s10592-019-01161-9

Submitted: October 14, 2019

Faculty Fisheries Biology Faculty and Students Fisheries Biology

Seven undergraduate, six graduate, and five faculty from the Department of Fisheries Biology attended the National American Fisheries Society meeting in Reno, Nevada (29 Sept – 4 Oct). HSU Fisheries contributed eight research presentations, three posters, and moderated four sessions. The event included an HSU Fisheries Alumni and Friends Social.
Michael Academia - Prey composition and relationship between nesting success and food provisioning of osperys in northwestern California
Andrew Kinziger - Genetic analysis suggests Catostomus rimiculus (Klamath smallscale sucker) in the Smith River, California are introduced
Max Grezlik - An ecosystem model to facilitate ecosystem-base

Submitted: October 10, 2019

Faculty Andre Buchheister Fisheries Biology

Andre and colleagues obtained a research grant from the Lenfest Ocean Program (a grantmaking program managed by The Pew Charitable Trusts) to study fisheries management options for an important fish species (Atlantic Menahaden) along the US East coast. Atlantic Menhaden (a fish in the herring family) supports the largest fishery on the east coast, but it is also a key prey for numerous species in the ecosystem. The study involves using an ecosystem model to evaluate the impact that Atlantic menhaden fisheries can have on the broader ecosystem, including predators like other fishes, marine mammals, and seabirds. The research grant is supporting an HSU Masters student, Max Grezlik.

Submitted: October 17, 2018

Faculty Dr. Darren Ward Fisheries Biology

Darren Ward was awarded $75,000 from UCSD for Freshwater Ecology Research Collaboration.

Submitted: October 4, 2018

Student Ely Boone Fisheries Biology

Undergraduate student Ely Boone received a second place award in the best science poster category at the 52nd annual American Fisheries Society Cal-Neva conference held in San Luis Obispo last week. Ely presented his summer 2017 research on environmental DNA, which he completed in the Rroulou'sik Program.

Submitted: March 9, 2018

Student Keith Parker Fisheries Biology

Graduate student Keith Parker's abstract was accepted and he was awarded a travel scholarship for the NSF/AAAS Emerging Researchers Network Conference in Washington D.C. (Feb 23-24) to present his thesis research, 'Evidence for the genetic-basis and inheritance of ocean- and river-maturing life histories of Pacific Lamprey (Entosphenus tridentatus) in the Klamath River, California.' Parker will also present at the American Fisheries Society CAL-NEVA annual meeting March 1 in San Luis Obispo, CA.

Submitted: February 22, 2018

Student Grace Ghrist Fisheries Biology

Fisheries graduate student Grace Ghrist was awarded the Council on Ocean Affairs, Science & Technology (COAST) Graduate Student Research Award. This award will support Grace’s research looking at how freshwater habitat use affects marine survival of threatened coho salmon.

Submitted: January 29, 2018

Student Keith Parker Fisheries Biology

Graduate student Keith Parker was selected by the National Science Foundation, Graduate Research Internship Program as an intern scientist with NOAA Fisheries, Salmon Ecology Lab. He was concurrently awarded an internship with the EPA, which was declined. The internship begins this month and will compliment his current genetic work under the NSF GRFP at HSU.

Submitted: January 17, 2018