Meg Merrick first worked for Ethan Seltzer at the Institute during the summer of 1995, doing research 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 various community groups throughout the region. Since then, the project has evolved into the Community Geography project that is focusing on citizen empowerment through training in GIS as well as asset mapping methods. Meg’s primary research interest is in looking at how geographic understandings through the use of GIS technology and neighborhood level data influence policy change and community building at the grassroots level. Meg is also the editor-in-chief of Metroscape magazine, the Institute's flagship publication. She teaches Senior Capstone courses through University Studies at PSU.
Meg has an MS in Geography and a Ph.D. in Urban Studies from Portland State. She attended the Moore College of Art in Philadelphia and the School of Visual Arts in New York where she focused on fine art and graphic design. Before coming to Portland State, she was a freelance graphic designer, a sometime radio announcer at KBOO, and raised three sons. Meg and her family have resided in Portland since 1977.