Get Involved

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit."
- Aristotle


Faculty currently involved in the River Institute.

If you are interested in becoming involved with the Humboldt River Institute, please contact us at

The Humboldt River Institute invites the participation of students, academics, and professionals to collaborate on river science and policy projects. If you have expertise or interest in any of the following disciplines, we encourage you to contact us and get involved:

  • Hydrology
  • Aquatic Ecology
  • Engineering
  • Policy
  • Ecology
  • Geospatial Science
  • Economics
  • Fisheries
  • Environmental Science
River research


Involving Students

Good research begins with good researchers. An important goal of the River Institute is to intellectually challenge graduate and undergraduate students outside the traditional classroom. For example, here is one laboratory exercise:

Humboldt students working on a stream assessment protocol on Jolly Giant Creek adjacent to the Cal Poly Humboldt campus.

Estimate how many acres of vineyard could be supported by diverting streamflows while not compromising anadromous salmonid populations or the Sullivan Gulch stream ecosystem using only a string, meter stick, line level, and life-sized wooden cutout of a Coho salmon. 

The River Institute offers students opportunities to excel. We involve students directly through internships, class projects, seminars as well as support student participation in scientific conferences and graduate student research assistantships.