The Department of Geography at Portland State University has faculty with interests in a variety of topics. Faculty research and teaching programs include local, regional, and international interests in hydrology, water resources, climate science, Geographic Information Science, biogeography, sustainability, urban environments, land use analysis, cultural and political ecology, and K-12 geographic education.
The Department offers undergraduate and master’s degrees in Geography, undergraduate minors in Geography, GIS, and Water Resources, a Graduate Certificate in GIS, and a joint PhD in Earth, Environment, and Society through the School of the Environment. The Department houses two research centers (Center for Geography Education in Oregon and Center for Spatial Analysis and Research) and four research labs (Climate Science Lab, Geomorphology and Soils Lab, Global Environmental Change Lab, and Hydrology and Water Resources Lab) for quality instruction, research, and outreach.
Portland State’s location in downtown Portland, Oregon provides amenities of urban living in one of the greenest cities in America as well as easy access to the coast, mountains, and high desert with plenty of opportunities for field-based classes and research. Many federal, state, and local agencies plus a variety of environmental and social non-governmental agencies are located in Portland, providing an array of potential applied community-based scholarship for student involvement.
Professor Andres Holz coauthored a paper titled "ENSO controls inter-annual fire activity in south-east Australia" in published in Geophysical Research Letters.
Professor Heejun Chang and graduate student Ryan Bonnette published a paper titled "Climate change and water-related ecosystem services: Impacts of drought in California, USA" published in Ecosystem Health and Sustainability.
Geography Graduate Student- Zuriel Rasmussen, a researcher on the Portland Urabn Coyote Project was a guest on OPB's Think Out Loud. Read more about coyotes in Portland and listen to the the OPB's Think Out Loud segment in which Zuriel participated.