Meg Merrick, Ph.D., coordinates the Greater Portland Pulse regional indicator project as well as the Community Geography project (to be renamed Neighborhood Pulse) of the Institute of Portland Metropolitan Studies at Portland State University (PSU). In addition, Meg is the editor-in-chief of Metroscape magazine, the Institute’s flagship publication that focuses on a wide variety of issues in the Portland-Vancouver 6-county, bi-state region. Meg holds an M.S. in Geography and a Ph.D. in Urban Studies from PSU. She has also received extensive design training at the School of Visual Arts in New York and the Moore College of Art in Philadelphia.
Meg came to the Institute during the summer of 1995, to do research for then director, Ethan Seltzer, on the origins of the urban growth boundary. In 1997, she returned to the Institute to coordinate the PSU@HOME project bringing geographic information systems (GIS) technology to community groups throughout the region. Since then, the project has evolved into the Community Geography project that focuses on citizen empowerment through GIS analysis, data visualizations, as well as asset mapping methods. These interests in promoting the importance of spatial relationships through mapping and empowering community members and decision-makers through the visualization of data are central to Meg’s research agenda and have been carried forward in the Greater Portland Pulse, the extensive work she has done with the Coalition for a Livable Future’s Regional Equity Atlas 2.0,Metroscape, and the Senior Capstone courses that she teaches at PSU.