The Cannabis Studies Lab

The Cannabis Studies Lab is a faculty-student collaboration of the Cannabis Studies program housed in the Department of Sociology at Cal Poly Humboldt in Arcata, California. This applied social science collaboration has four intersecting projects: Legacy Genetics Study, Events, the California Licensed Geography Project, and the Subsistence Crop Podcast.

Funding for student assistantships come from external grants; the Humboldt Institute for Interdisciplinary Marijuana Research Institute at Cal Poly Humboldt; the Cannabis Studies Polytechnic Operating Budget; and Dr. Corva‚Äôs startup funds. 

In Spring 2024, event funding to support the Cal Poly Humboldt 2024 Cannabis and Environmental Stewardship Symposium comes from a grant from the Land-Sea Connection program of Resources Legacy Fund made possible by the Keith Campbell Foundation for the Environment; and the Cal Poly Humboldt Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

Who We Are

Cannabis Studies Lab Program Leader

Dr. Dominic Corva

Position: Assistant Professor, Sociology
Before Humboldt: Seattle, WA
Fun Fact: Everything Dominic does is influenced by the needs of his cat companion, Doctorberry Who.

Cannabis Studies Lab Research Assistants

Caleb Y. Chen

Study: M.A. Public Sociology
Before Humboldt: Reno, NV
Fun fact: Caleb promotes preserving landrace cannabis genetics.


Jada Morrison

Study: Cannabis Studies Major with a focus in Environmental Stewardship
Before Humboldt: San Jose, CA
Fun fact: Jada loves the outdoors, especially hiking, camping, and snowboarding. She hopes to own her own company in the near future and travel the world. 


Kaid Chapman

Study: Cannabis Studies Major with a focus in Environmental Stewardship
Before Humboldt: Ventura County, CA
Fun Fact: Kaid wants to dedicate his life to tending and taking care of mother nature through JADAM natural farming and regenerative agricultural practices. He loves working with plants, catching waves, and spending time with his dog!


David Tappe

Study: Criminology Major
Before Humboldt: Yuba City, CA
Fun Fact: David loves playing and watching video games as well as listening to music.


Jazmin Ruiz

Study: B.A. in Cannabis Studies with a concentration in Equity & Social Justice
Before Humboldt: San Francisco, CA
Fun Fact: Jazmin loves art, plants, traveling, playing volleyball, and spending time with her dog, Marley and cat, Dojah.


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Keaghan Galli Morrissey

Study: Cannabis Studies Major
Before Humboldt: San Francisco, CA
Fun Fact: Keaghan enjoys surfing.


Matthias Junker

Matthias Junker

Study: Cannabis Studies Major
Before Humboldt: Portland, Oregon
Fun Fact: Matthias believes in small craft regenerative cannabis farms.


Marlene Rodriguez 

Study: Cannabis Studies Major
Before Humboldt: Los Angeles, CA
Fun Fact: Marlene loves to listen to music and watch shows.


Octavio Velasco

Study: Cannabis Studies Major
Before Humboldt: Garden Grove, CA
Fun Fact: Octavio enjoys cooking.


Thompson (Luke) Feegel

Study: Cannabis Studies Major
Before Humboldt: Mill Valley, California
Fun fact: Luke’s favorite color is blue.


Chris Montoya Duarte

Study: Cannabis Studies Major
Before Humboldt: San Jose, CA
Fun Fact: Chris loves to work on his car and explore nature, also really loves his cats.


Matthew Flint 

Study: Criminology and Psychology Major
Before Humboldt: Corona, CA
Fun Fact: Matthew is an Eagle Scout who loves nature and enjoys hiking, swimming, camping/backpacking, scuba diving, fishing, and hunting.