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Fall 2014 Geography Newsletter

Heejun Chang 
was elected as chair of the Spatial Analysis and Modeling specialty group of the Association of American Geographers. His chairship term is 2015-18.


Lee, S., Chang, H., and Gober, P. (2015) Space and time dynamics of urban water demand in Portland, Oregon and Phoenix, Arizona, Stochastic Environmental Research & Risk Assessment DOI: 10.1007/s00477-014-1015-z

Kang, H., Chang, H., and Chung, M. (2015) Chapter 14: Rapid land use changes and ecosystem services shift in coastal areas: A case study of Korea in Water Ecosystem Services: A Global Perspective, Cambridge University Press. 

Whitlock, C., McWethy, D., Tepley, A., Veblen, T., Holz, A., McGlone, A., Perry, G., Wilmshurst, J.,  and Wood, S. (2015) Past and Present Vulnerability of Closed-Canopy Temperate Forests to Altered Fire Regimes: A Comparison of the Pacific Northwest, New Zealand, and Patagonia. BioScience Volume 65, Issue 2 Pp. 151-163.

Chen, H. and Chang, H. (2014) Response of Discharge, TSS, and E. coli to Rainfall Events in Urban, Suburban, and Rural Watersheds. Environmental Science: Processes and Impacts 16 (10): 2313 – 2324.

Megler, V., Banis, D., and Chang, H. (2014) Spatial Analysis of Graffiti in San Francisco. Applied Geography 54,

Jeff Ramsey, MS candidate, wrote an article about Portland Canopy Study in the Urban Forest Report available at This is a collaborative effort between the Department of Geography and Portland Parks and Recreation Urban Forestry (July 2014).

Holz, A., Wood, S., Veblen, T. and Bowman, D. (2014). Effects of high severity fire drove the population collapse of the subalpine Tasmanian endemic conifer Athrotaxis cupressoides. Global Change Biology.

Paritsis, J., Veblen, T.T. and Holz, A. (2014). Positive fire feedbacks contribute to shifts from Nothofagus pumilio forests to fire-prone shrublands in Patagonia. Journal of Vegetation Science


May 5, 2015

Alexa Todd and David Banis, "Analyzing Public Participation Data for Transportation Planning in the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest", GIS in Action, Vancouver, WA.

April 21-25, 2015
The following papers were presented 
at the annual meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Chicago, IL:

David Banis and Hunter ShobeMusic, Mental Maps, and Sense of Place: Methodology and Pedagogy
Britt Crow-Miller - Taking a nexus approach: Transboundary Implications of Chinese hydropower development
Heejun Chang, Matt Bonnette, Philip Stoker and Elizabeth Wentz - Determinants of urban water consumption in three western US cities
Heejun Chang - Challenges and Opportunities of Integrating Sustainability Programs in Geography Departments: Is it time for a Sustainability Specialty Group? (panelist)
Andres Holz, Sam Wood, Thomas Veblen, and David Bowman - High severity fires, positive fire feedbacks and alternative stable states in Athrotaxis ecosystems in western Tasmania
Dirk Kinsey - Out in "The Numbers": Gang Activity and Uneven Development in Portland's Periphery
Martin Lafrenz, Catherine de Rivera, and Sarah Eppley - Salt Marsh Habitat Response to Future Sea Level Rise (poster)
Hunter Shobe and David Banis - Understanding Place Narratives: Making the Cultural Atlas of Portland
Martin Swobodzinski - Markers of participant attrition in web-based participatory transportation planning

Feb 28, 2015
The following papers were presented 
at the annual meeting of the Oregon Academy of Science at the University of Portland:

Kevin Donohue, David Banis, and Rossitza Wooster- Mapping The Distribution Of American Investment In Latin America From 1980-2005
Ray HenningsStream Temperature Management In The Tualatin Watershed: Is It Improving Salmonid Habitat?

Feb 9, 2015
Zuriel Rasmussen presented a poster entitled "The Portland Urban Coyote Project: Connecting the community with nature through citizen science." at the Urban Ecology and Conservation Symposium, Portland OR. 

January 15, 2015
Angelica Huston, a science teacher at McMinnville High School presented a scientific research poster on January 15, 2015, at the Partners in Science National Conference in San Diego, CA. Her poster title was “Soil Characteristics of a Restored Salt Marsh in Oregon’s Salmon River Estuary.” The poster summarized her research findings during her first summer of scientific research in the Geography Department at Portland State University under the direction of Martin Lafrenz through the Partners in Science program, sponsored by M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust. Angelica was one of 50 teachers to present posters about research performed through partnerships with higher education institutions around the U.S. An additional 37 teachers gave talks presenting their findings of their past two summers of research. M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust awarded a competitive Partners in Science grant to Angelica Huston and Martini Lafrenz. The primary goal of the Partners in Science program is to provide high school science teachers with opportunities to work at the cutting edge of science, revitalize their teaching, develop new, inquiry-based teaching strategies, and encourage more students to pursue science careers.

December 16, 2014
Chang, H., Strecker, A. Watson, E., and Psaris, M. "Aquatic species response to changes in streamflow and stream temperature in the Willamette River basin of Oregon", American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA (invited).

November 5, 2014
Our affiliated faculty Tim Palmer gave a guest lecture about his 30 years of experience writing about and photographing America's diverse river landscapes. His latest book is Field Guide to Oregon Rivers.

October 29, 2014
Heejun Chang gave an invited talk titled "Impacts of Climate Change on Stream Temperature in the Pacific Northwest of USA" at the APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation) Climate Symposium 2014: Managing Climate Extreme and Hydrologic Disasters in Nanjing, China. He also a chaired a session "Climate Impacts on Water Quality" and served as a panel discussant.

September, 2014
Martin Lafrenz, Catherine de Rivera, and Sarah Eppley, “Salt Marsh Response to Dike Removal: Implications for Future Sea Level Rise.”  5th Annual Pacific Northwest Climate Science Conference, September 9-10, 2014, Seattle, Washington.

The following papers were presented at the annual meeting of the Association of Pacific Coast Geographers (APCG) held September 24-27 2014, Tucson, AZ:

Dirk Kinsey- Emerging Gang Geographies of Multnomah County
Stephen Przybylinski- Not In Portland's Back Yard: The Production of a Self-Organized Homeless Space


March 2015

Martin Lafrenz (Geography), Catherine de Rivera (ESM), and Leslie Bliss-Ketchum (ESM) have been awarded a $25,000 grant to conduct Phase 3 of a multi-phase project addressing connectivity (biodiversity corridors) for the region's plants and animals, which is a key component of the Portland-Vancouver Regional Conservation Strategy.  Phase 3 involves conducting a pilot study to test methods for characterizing the quality of connectivity using GIS and on-the-ground assessment.

January 2015

Andres Holz received a $20,677 award from the Institute for Sustainable Solutions as co-PI for "Community-based Natural Resource Management - Summer Field Course in Wallowa County Curriculum Development, Planning, and Initial Implementation". Max Nielsen-Pincus is PI and Jennifer Allen is co-PI.

October 2014
Heejun Chang received an $11,317 award from the Institute for Sustainable Solutions for his project: A Comparative Study of Urban Water Consumption in Six US Cities".

Britt Crow-Miller received an $14,406 award from the Institute for Sustainable Solutions for "Assessing institutional factors informing adaptive capacity in urban water resource management in six U.S. cities".

Hunter Shobe received a $500 Professional Development Award from the Institute for Sustainable Solutions for his engagement with the Sustainable Neighborhoods Initiative (SNI).

Britt Crow-Miller received a $5,000 Research Stimulus Award through the Office of Research and Strategic Projects
“The role of green development strategies in improving urban water pollution: Evidence from two cities in Hebei”.

August 2014
Geoffrey Duh and the Geography Center for Spatial Analysis and Research (CSAR) received a $205K funding from USDA-NRCS through the Pacific Northwest Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit (CESU) agreement for the 2014 - 2016 academic years. The project, NWCC Spatial Services - Watershed Analysis Internet GIS, is to develop a cloud-computing GIS to support the water forecasting tasks performed at USDA-NRCS National Water and Climate Center (NWCC). The internet GIS will complement the Basin Analysis GIS (BAGIS) Geoffrey developed for NWCC and provide a more streamlined data and online GIS apps sharing environment among NWCC forecasters and the general public.

Teresa Bulman, Director of Education Programs for the Center for Geography Education in Oregon (housed in the PSU Department of Geography) has received a grant of $200,000 from the Gray Family Foundation for K-12 geographic literacy programs.

C-GEO has also received a grant for $10,250 for "GIS in K-12 Geography" from the Gray Family Foundation.

CSAR has initiated a partnership with the US Fish & Wildlife Service to provide geospatial support for the Pacific Region National Wildlife Refuge System. The inital award is $10,000.


In the Media

February 3, 2015. Sustainable water systems expertise emerges at PSU.

December, 2014. Assistant Professor Britt Crow-Miller comments on China's South-North Water Transfer Project

December, 2014. Tyler Prehn, Geography Senior and the energy education coordinator in the Campus Sustainability Office was spotlighted on the Sustainability web site.

September, 2014. Assistant Professor Britt Crow-Miller, was quoted in the following article, "Quenching Beijing's Thirst May Stunt Regional Growth", and in The Economist, "A Canal Too Far: The World’s Biggest Water-Diversion Project Will Do Little to Alleviate Water Scarcity"


Upcoming Meetings 

GIS in Action, May 4-6, 2015 Vancouver WA 

American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing Annual Conference, May 4-8, 2015 Tampa, FL

North American Cartographic Information Society Annual Meeting, Oct 14-17, 2015 Minneapolis, MN

URISA GIS-Pro and NWGIS 2015 Conference, Oct 18-22, 2015 Spokane, WA

Association of Pacific Coast Geographers Annual Conference, Oct 21-24, 2015 Palm Springs, CA