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Brian Huggett, M.S.

Lecturer, Department of Environmental Science and Management

I originally hail from Michigan, but ever since my first summer in Yosemite, I knew that I would be spending much more time in California.  I worked in Yosemite as a hydrology technician conducting field work on anything and everything relating to climate and water.  The people I worked for inspired me to continue my education and since then, I’ve completed my Masters of Science in Watershed Management as well as the GIS and Remote Sensing Certificate at Humboldt State. 

Having worked for both the National Park Service and California State Park systems and I am especially interested in the confluence of GIS and natural resource management, particularly hydrology. GIS has the ability to aid visualization of current data trends and project potential future changes in environmental systems, and skills with and knowledge of GIS are crucial for sustainable and responsible natural resource management.

I am proud to work at Humboldt State and to be able to contribute to the education and training of the next generation of GIS practitioners.

Contact Information

B.S. Environmental Science, 1996, Lake Superior State University, Sault Sainte Marie, Michigan
GIS & Remote Sensing Certificate, 2008, Humboldt State University, Arcata, California
M.S. Watershed Management, 2012, Humboldt State University, Arcata, California

Courses Taught

EMP 470 – Intermediate GIS

Research Interests

I am fascinated by climate, weather, mountains, rivers and lakes.  To that end, I’ve been working with a close knit group of Citizen Scientists who are pooling intelligence and energy into projects in the Trinity Alps Wilderness.  We’ve been working on everything from frog population dynamics to glacial ice extent to alpine lake thermal regimes.


Lundquist, J., B. Huggett, H. Roop, and N. Low, (2009), Use of spatially distributed stream stage recorders to augment rain gages by identifying locations of thunderstorm precipitation and distinguishing rain from snow, Water Resource Research, Volume 45.

Huggett, B., Bathymetric Mapping in Yosemite National Park, California Geospatial Review, (2009), Volume 7

Lundquist J. D., B. Huggett (2008), Evergreen trees as inexpensive radiation shields for temperature sensors, Water Resource Research, Volume 44.

Bathymetric Map of a Small Alpine Lake in Yosemite National Park (poster), 2009, CalGIS Annual Conference, April 6-9, Sacramento, California

DHSVM and Early Model Calibration Results in a Small, Timber Production Watershed, Humboldt County, California (poster), 2009, American Geophysical Union, Annual Fall Conference December 14-19, San Francisco, California

DHSVM and Sediment Production in a Small, Timber Production Watershed, Humboldt County, California (poster), 2008, American Geophysical Union, Annual Fall Conference December 12-16, San Francisco, California

Determination of Potential Evapotranspiration for a Remote, Alpine Basin in Yosemite National Park (poster), 2008, American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing Annual Spring Conference, May 12-15, Portland, Oregon