Co-Chair – Dr. Laurie Richmond

Professor, Humboldt State University

Dr. Richmond’s research focuses on developing collaborative relationships with natural resource-dependent communities to examine how they navigate both political and ecological changes in their resource systems.

Co-Chair – Adam Canter 

Natural Resources Specialist, Wiyot Natural Resources Department

Adam has been working as a biologist and botanist on the North Coast for 15 years, focusing on ecological restoration, rare species conservation, sensitive natural communities, geographic information systems, and ethnobotany.  Adam has been with the Wiyot NRD since 2014, where he hopes to prepare and preserve tribal cultural resources in the face of  SLR and climate change.

Secretary – Kristen Orth-Gordinier

Graduate Student, HSU Environmental Science & Management Program.

Kristen’s master’s project focuses on regional coordination of SLR planning and adaptation. She also works at Greenway Partners as an Associate Project Manager focusing on project planning and permitting. She has lived in Humboldt County since 2009. 

Co-Webmaster – Dr. Jim Graham

Professor, Humboldt State University

Dr. Graham has been with HSU for 5 years teaching GIS and researching habitat suitability.  Before HSU, Jim was a post-doc at Oregon State University and a researcher with Colorado State University.  His research includes marine habitat modeling and using UAVs (a.k.a. drones) for data collection.

Co-Webmaster – Dr. Jason “Jay” Patton

Adjunct Professor, Humboldt State University

Dr. Patton has been studying the tectonics and how tectonics contribute to sea level in coastal northern California for over 2 decades.


Aldaron Laird

Greenway Partners

Aldaron has been an environmental planning consultant for 30 years, specializing in sea level rise adaptation planning on Humboldt Bay. Recently, he authored a portion of the 4th California Climate Change Assessment that described sea level rise vulnerability and adaptation opportunities on Humboldt Bay, completed diked shoreline sea level rise adaptation feasibility study of Humboldt Bay, vulnerability assessments for Humboldt County, City of Eureka and Arcata, adaptation plans for Communities at Risk on Humboldt, and a regional consolidation of sea level rise vulnerability findings for Humboldt Bay.

Dr. Yvonne Everett

Professor, Humboldt State University

Dr. Everett has been educating at HSU since 1998. Her research interests include forest ecology and watershed management, community forestry, public and cross-jurisdictional land use planning and management, and participatory research and planning processes.

Dr. Eileen Cashman

Professor, Humboldt State University

Dr. Cashman’s research includes: Water Resource Engineering, Watershed Modeling for Aquatic Ecosystem Restoration, Sediment Transport Modeling (Physical and Numerical), Engineering Education Curriculum Development and Assessment

Dr. Joice Chang

Associate Professor, Humboldt State University

Dr. Chang is an associate professor in the Department of Politics at Humboldt State University. Her research focuses on intersections of public policy and law.

Jennifer Kalt

Director, Humboldt Baykeeper

Jennifer has worked for Humboldt Baykeeper since 2005. She launched the Humboldt Bay King Tides Photo Initiative in 2011 and tracks Sea Level Rise issues in local plans and policies. She is also a Lecturer in HSU’s Department of Environmental Science & Management.

Kristina Kunkel 

Program Director, Norcal PTAC

Kristina has been working to help people at the Procurement Technical Assistance Center at HSU since 2016.

Jen Marlow

Associate Professor, Humboldt State University

Jen Marlow is an Assistant Professor in the Science and Environmental Management Department. She is licensed to practice law in Washington and Alaska, and her special research interests are in climate law, climate justice, and climate–induced displacement.

Joe Tyburczy  Extension Specialist, California Sea Grant

Joe is focused on conducting collaborative, applied research to fill gaps in knowledge that will promote sustainable use of marine resources, environmental conservation, and long-term security and prosperity of coastal communities – especially those along the North Coast.