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Student Award

 Zurial Rasmussen received 2016 Dean's Student Achievement Award in Community Engagement






Britt Crow-Miller, Heejun Chang, Philip StokerElizabeth A. Wentz (2016) Facilitating Collaborative Urban Water Management through University-Utility Cooperation, Sustainable Cities and Society  doi:10.1016/j.scs.2016.06.006

Soares, D. de B., K. Lee, P. C. Loikith, A. Barkhordarian, and C. R. Mechoso, (2016): Can Significant Trends in Surface Temperature and Precipitation be detected over South America? Int. J. Climatol., DOI: 10.1002/joc.4792.

S. Ahilan, M. Guan, A. Sleigh, N. Wright and H. Chang  (2016) The Influence of Floodplain Restoration on Flow and Sediment Dynamics in an Urban River, Journal of Flood Risk Management DOI: 10.1111/jfr3.12251

Hossein Parandvash and Heejun Chang (2016) Analysis of Long-Term Climate Change on per Capita Water Demand in Urban Versus Suburban Areas in the Portland Metropolitan Area, USA, Journal of Hydrology, Vol 538: p574-586 

 Jonathan Straus, Heejun Chang, Chang-yu Hong ( May 2016) An Exploratory Path Analysis of Attitudes, Behaviors and  Summer Water Consumption in the Portland Metropolitan Area, Sustainable Cities and Society Vol 23: p68–77

Zbigniew J. Grabowski, Eric Watson, and Heejun Chang (May 2016) Using spatially explicit indicators to investigate watershed characteristics and stream temperature relationshipsScience of The Total Environment: Vol 551-552, p376-386.

Rossitza Wooster, David Banis, and Ayesha Khalid (2016) "A geographic view of expansion choices by U.S. firms in China" in International Trade Journal  Vol. 30 Issue 1, p33-58.

Loikith, P. C., and J. D. Neelin (2015)  Short-tailed Temperature Distributions over North America and Implications for Future Changes in Extremes. Geophys. Res. Lett., 42, doi:10.1002/2015GL065602. 

Behrangi, A. P, P. Loikith, E. J. Fetzer, H. M. Nguyen, and S. L. Granger (2015) Utilizing Humidity and Temperature Data to Advance Monitoring and Prediction of Meteorological Drought. Climate 3, p999-1017.

The Atlas of Oregon Climate and Climate Change , a collaboration of C-GEO and CSAR, was published online in November 2015. Author: Teresa Bulman, Chief Cartographer: David Banis 

Martin Swobodzinski and Piotr Jankowski (November 2015). "The role of location and cost in individual choices of transportation improvement projects" in The Professional Geographer 67(4): 527-540.

David Banis and Hunter Shobe (October 2015). Portlandness: A Cultural Atlas, Sasquatch Books, Seattle WA.

Martin Swobodzinski and Piotr Jankowski (September 2015). "Evaluating user interaction with a web-based group decision support system: A comparison between to clustering methods" in Decision Support Systems 77: 148-157.

Hunter Shobe and Geoff Gibson (August 2015). "Cascadia rising: Soccer, region, and identity" in Soccer and Society.

Gabriel I. Yospin, Samuel W. Wood, Andres Holz, David M. J. S. Bowman, Robert E. Keane, Cathy Whitlock (August 2015). "Modeling vegetation mosaics in sub-alpine Tasmania under various fire regimes" in "early view" mode Modeling Earth Systems and Environment (MESE).


May 26, 2016- Graduate Student Eric Watson presented a poster "Examining Landscape: Stream temperature relationships using spatially explicit indicators" at the Johnson Creek Science Symposium.

May 18, 2016 -  Paul Loikith presented a poster "Winter Storms in the Northeast United States in a Suite of High Resolution NASA Unified-WRF Regional Climate Model Hindcasts: Evaluation of precipitation-based impacts metrics"  & held training sessions on the Regional Climate Model Evaluation System, a joint project between JPL and UCLA at CORDEX 2016, Stockholm, Sweden.

April 4, 2016 - The following papers were presented at GIS in Action, Portland, OR

Graduate student Debbie Blackmore: "Using Landsat Images and GIS to Estimate the Hydrologic Connectivity of Wetlands in the Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge"

Chris Grant, David Banis, and Don Pettit: "Symbology Development for the Oregon Incident Response Information System"

The following presentations were made at the Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting in San Francisco, CA March 29 - April 2

Debbie Blackmore and Heejun Chang
A geospatial tool for wetland prioritization at the watershed scale

Barbara Brower
What's the harm in a name? Anthropocene et al. and the history of Himalayan scholarship

Heejun Chang
Living with uncertainty: Coevolution of human-water systems in urban streams

Alexis Cooley
Poster: Trends in hourly precipitation intensity in Portland, OR

Alexandria Costello
Poster: The beaver state: Urban beaver management in Oregon

Britt Crow-Miller
Sustainable urban water management in North China

Dirk Kinsey
Chasing the problem, rebuilding the village: Youth and gang violence policy and the suburbanization of poverty in Portland's periphery

Martin Lafrenz, Catherine de Rivera (ESM), and Sarah Eppley (ESM)
Poster: Transformation of salt marsh habitat in the Anthropocene

Daniel Larson
When you drink water, consider the source: An assessment of water customer support for source water protection

Aylan Lee
Decomissioning and disruption: The political ecology of Klamath River dam removal

Katey Bisso, Kyle Lempinen, David Banis, and Todd Stevenson (Ocean Conservancy)
Poster: Who's protecting the Arctic: A GIS analysis of marine protected areas

Paul Loikith and J. David Neelin (UCLA)
Poster: The effect of non-Gaussian temperature probability distribution tails on future changes in extreme temperatures

Melanie Malone
Mapping the unintended consequences of no-till agriculture: Changes in vegetation over time from increased herbicide drift in Wasco County, Oregon

Zuriel Rasmussen
How to reduce human-coyote conflict with citizen science

Hunter Shobe and David Banis
Cartographies of geographic imagination: The cultural atlas

Kira Smith
Who's at the table? The effects of the Klamath Basin restoration agreement process on the Klamath Basin national wildlife refuges

Martin Swobodzinski
Immersive visualizations and individual stress relief

March 2, 2016 - David Banis and Hunter Shobe gave an invited talk at the University of Oregon Library Faculty Forum about their book Portlandness: A Cultural Atlas.

February 11, 2016 -  Jiunn-Der (Geoffrey) Duh gave a talk titled "Let Knowledge Serve the City - The City is Our Classroom: RLIS and GIS Education at Portland State University" at the Metro Regional Government 2016 RLIS Subscriber Meeting, Portland, Oregon. 

February, 2016 - Paul Loikith gave an invited talk titled "Temperature Extremes Under Global Warming: What can temperature distribution tails tell us about future changes?"  at the PSU Geology Department Seminar.

February 8, 2016 - Urban Ecology and Conservation Symposium, Portland, OR

  • Graduate student Zuriel Rasmussen: "Clickable Coyotes: The efficacy of online education for proactive wildlife management"
  • Martin Lafrenz, Leslie Bliss-Ketchum, Catherine de Rivera, and Lori Hennings
    Poster: "Assessing Habitat Permeability at Wildlife Corridor-Road Intersections"
  • Seong Yun Cho and Heejun Chang
    Poster: "Assessment of urban flood vulnerability using an indicator-based approach – a case study for Portland, Oregon

January 2016 - Andres Holz: "Wildfire regime shifts in southern temperate forest ecosystems: climate change, anthropogenic influences, and ecological feedbacks" VIII Southern Connection Congress 2016, Punta Arenas, Chile

December 2015 - Paul Loikith: “Large-Scale Atmospheric Circulation Patterns Associated with Temperature Extremes as a Basis for Model Evaluation: Methodological Overview and Results,” American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA 

December, 2015 - Paul Loikith: “Evaluation of Northeast United States Winter Storm Impacts in a Suite of High Resolution Downscaled Climate Model Hindcasts,” American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA 

November 24, 2015 - Heejun Chang gave an invited presentation titled "Climate change and stream temperature: Implications for fish habitat" at the US Geological Survey.

November 23, 2015 - Graduate student Kevin Donohue: “Mapping the Distribution of American Investment in Latin America from 1980-2005”, Southern Economic Association International Conference, New Orleans, LA

November 3, 2015 - Chris Grant, David Banis, and Don Pettit made a presentation entitled "Standardized Symbologies for the Oregon Incident Response Information System" at the Portland Cartography Symposium.

November 2, 2015- Paul Loikith gave a talk for the Physical Seminar at PSU entitled "How Will Temperature Extremes Change Under Global Warming".

October 28, 2015 - David Banis and Hunter Shobe gave a Portland State of Mind talk about the making of their book Portlandness: A Cultural Atlas.

October 23, 2015 - Hunter Shobe was one of five presenters at PDXTalks, a signature event for Portland State of Mind. The video of the talk is at

October 10, 2015 - Heejun Chang gave an invited talk "Coupled human-water system in the urban areas of the western United States" at the KSEA Northwest Regional Conference in Boise, ID.

October 2015 - Graduate student Debbie Blackmore: "A Geospatial Tool for Wetland Prioritization at the Watershed Scale, Society of Wetland Scientists Pacific Northwest Regional Conference, Olympia, WA

October 5, 2015 - Andres Holz gave an invited lecture at Washington State University-Vancouver entitled "Disturbance Ecology in Temperate Forests in the Southern Hemisphere". 


July 2016 - Hunter Shobe -  Cartographies of Place and Geographic Imagination: The Cultural Atlas

May 2016- Paul Loikith - Received a Faculty Enhancement Grant Titled - Identifying and Characterizing Meteorological Patterns Associated with Extreme Weather and Climate Events over the Pacific Northwest

May 2016 - "Collaborative Research: Assessing and Understanding Climate Change in South America." Paul Loikith in collaboration with faculty at UCLA. The total PSU award amount is $269,989. 

May 2016- Heejun Chang received an award from National Science Foundation (co-PI), Analyzing the Effects of Spatial Autocorrelation in Geospatial Databases $ 336,478.00

March 2016 - Paul Loikith, Geography Faculty, received $464,082 from NASA for his project titled "A Gridded Climate Indicator  for Extreme Precipitation Events Over the Continental United States".

Febrauary 2016 - CSAR received an additional $3,375 for the contract "GIS Support to the Ocean Conservancy for Ocean Planning in the Arctic"  PI: David Banis 

January 2016 - Teresa Bulman received a grant for $10,000 from the Library of Congress for a summer program on "Teaching Geography with Primary Sources".

November 2015
Geoffrey Duh received a grant for $20,000 from the US Army Corps of Engineers for the project "Integration of Web GIS and Performance-based Budgeting Systems (IPA)"

Paul Loikith
received a $10,000 subcontract from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory to work on a NASA-led project evaluating high-resolution dynamically downscaled climate models.

CSAR signed a contract for $5,063 for "GIS Support to the Ocean Conservancy for Ocean Planning in the Arctic" 
PI: David Banis

September 2015
Additional funding of $10,000 was added to the CSAR contract "Geospatial Support for the Pacific Region National Wildlife Refuge System" with the US Fish and Wildlife Service. 
PI: David BanisThis work has been ongoing since 2014. 

Additional funding of $15,000 was added to the CSAR contract "GIS Support for the Urban Wildland Interactions Team" with the USDA Forest Service Pacific Northwest Research Station. PI: David Banis. This work has been ongoing since 2012.

August 2015
Heejun Chang is a co-PI on a $500,000 grant "CC*DNI Networking Infrastructure: Research and Innovation Network for Portland State University” from the National Science Foundation for the period 9/1/2015 to 8/31/2017. This project will improve the network infrastructure at PSU and help support faster and more secure data transfers that are needed for big-data science. 

Heejun Chang received funding of $99,678 from the Institute for Sustainable Solutions for the project "Climate change and floodrisk in Portland". The project will run from August 10th 2015 to August 10th 2017

July 2015
Andrés Holz received $10,994 funding from Institute for Sustainable Solutions for “Forest Resilience in a Dynamic World: Lessons from the PNW”.

Heejun Chang is a member of the 12M NSF sponsored Urban Resilience to Extremes Sustainablity Reseach Network to study the effects of extreme climate events on urban infrastructure


May 2016 - Andrés Holz was interviewed for an article titled Researchers assess Oregon wildfire vulnerability 

March 2016- Student Zuriel Rasmussen Interviewed on Nature Here TV Show

January 14, 2016 KGW - Portlandness: PSU helps to re-imagine the Rose City - David Banis and Hunter Shobe

November 30, 2015 OPB Think Out Loud - Portland in Maps - David Banis and Hunter Shobe

September 16, 2015 Metro News reports on a research project of Martin Lafrenz.
http://www.oregonmetro.g ov/news/metro-portland-state-university-scientists-develop-tools-map-out-region-s-biodiversity  

July 31, 2015 The Portland Business Journal asks Heejun Chang and Paul Loikith about the outlook for ski season on Mt Hood: