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2018 Spring Newsletter

2018 Fall Newsletter (.pdf)

Geography department receives two Round Three Flexible Degree projects titled "Enhancing Geography and GIS Flexible Degrees" and "Competency-Based GIS Education." Geoffrey Duh is the project lead on both projects.

Professor Heejun Chang had a KOIN 6 interview on recent algal bloom in Detroit Lake.

Hunter Shobe is the winner of the 2018 John Eliot Allen Teaching Award for geography. Hunter is a four-time winner of the award.

Paul Loikith will recieve the Excellence in Sustainability Research Award at the 11th Annual PSU Sustainability Celebration coming up on May 24th.

*Melissa Lucash won the Research Faculty Research Excellence Award. 

The International Encyclopedia of Geography: People, the Earth, Environment, and Technology, a 15-volume work of which professor Heejun Chang was a co-author, has been awarded a prestigious CHOICE award for Outstanding Academic Title 2017 from the Association of College and Research Libraries.

Incoming Ph.D. student Shelby Weiss received a $5000 scholarship from Dean’s Oregon Lottery Graduate Scholarship. The scholarship is designed to support Ph.D. students at Portland State, with her award designated for the 2018 - 2019 academic year.


Shobe, Hunter. 2018. Graffiti as Communication and Language, In Stan Brunn et al. (eds.), Handbook of the Changing World Language Map, pp. 1-18.

Shobe, H., & Conklin, T. 2018. Geographies of Graffiti Abatement: Zero Tolerance in Portland, San Francisco, and Seattle. The Professional Geographer, 1-9.

Cantor, Alida and Jacque Emel. 2018. New Water Regimes: An Editorial. Resources, 7(2): 25. doi:10.3390/resources7020025

Tepley, A.J., Thomann, E., Veblen, T.T., Perry, G.L.W., Holz, A., Paritsis, J., Kitzberger, T., & Anderson‐Teixeira, K.J. 2018. Influences of fire–vegetation feedbacks and post‐fire recovery rates on forest landscape vulnerability to altered fire regimes. J Ecol. 2018;00:1–16.

Pelling, M., Leck, H., Pasquini, L., Ajibade, I., Osuteye, E., Parnell, S., ... & Boubacar, S. (2018). Africa's urban adaptation transition under a 1.5° climate. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, 31, 10-15.

Cantor, Alida, Michael Kiparsky, Rónán Kennedy, Susan Hubbard, Roger Bales, Lidia Cano Pecharroman, Kamyar Guivetchi, Christina McCready, and Gary Darling. 2018. Data for Water Decision Making: Informing the Implementation of California’s Open and Transparent Water Data Act through Research and Engagement. Center for Law, Energy & the Environment, UC Berkeley School of Law, Berkeley, CA.

Hong, C., & Chun, H. (2018). Barriers, Challenges, Conflicts, And Facilitators In Environmental Decision-Making. River Research And Applications, (Forthcoming).

Holz et al. Early View:  Radial growth response to climate change along the latitudinal range of the world’s southernmost conifer in southern South America. Journal of Biogeography

Tepley, A., Holz, A., Influences of fire–vegetation feedbacks and post-fire recovery rates on forest landscape vulnerability to altered fire regimes. Journal of Ecology

Mundo, I., Holz, A., et al. 2017. Fire history and fire regimes shifts in Patagonia temperate forests. In: Dendroecology: Tree-ring Analysis Applied to Ecological Studies, M. Amoroso, et al., (eds)

McPhillips, L.E., Chang, H, Chester, M.V., Depietri, Y., Friedman, E., Grimm, N.B., Kominoski, J.S., McPhearson, T., Méndez-Lázaro, P., Rosi, E. J., Shiva, J.S. Defining extreme events: a cross-disciplinary review. Earth’s Future.

Hong, C., Chang, H., & Chung, E. (2018). Resident Perceptions of Urban Stream Restoration and Water Quality in South Korea. River Research and Applications, (Forthcoming).

Pelling, M., Leck, H., Pasquini, L., Ajibade, I., Osuteye, E., Parnell, S., & Boubacar, S. (2018). Africa's urban adaptation transition under a 1.5° climate. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, 31, 10-15.

Cantor, Alida, J. Emel, and H. Neo (2018). "Networks of global production and resistance: Meat, dairy, and place." In Food and Place: A Critical Exploration, eds. P. Joassart-Marcelli and F. Bosco. Rowman & Littlefield.

Watson, E.* Chang, H. Relation between stream temperature and landscape characteristics using distance weighted metrics, Water Resources Management (in press).

Iglesias, V., Haberle, S., Holz, A., and Whitlock, C. Holocene dynamics of temperate rainforests in west-central Patagonia. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution | doi: 10.3389/fevo.2017.00177

Andres Holz has published a chapter in the book Dendroecology: Tree-Ring Analyses Applied to Ecological Studies titled Fire History and Fire Regimes Shifts in Patagonian Temperate Forests

The Portland Mercury listed the book, Against the Fascist Creep, by Ph.D. student Alexander Ross among the short list of nine top reads of 2017.

Rebecca J. McLain, David Banis, Alexa Todd, and Lee K. Cerveny, 2017. Multiple methods of public engagement: Disaggregating socio-spatial data for environmental planning in western Washington, USA. Journal of Environmental Management Volume 204, Part 1, Pages 61-74.

Rebecca McLain, Lee Cerveny, Kelly Biedenweg, and David Banis, 2017. Values Mapping and Counter-Mapping in Contested Landscapes: an Olympic Peninsula (USA) Case Study. Human Ecology 45:585–600

Kevin Van Meter, Geography adjunct faculty, wrote a book, Guerrillas of Desire: Notes on Everyday Resistance and Organizing to Make a Revolution Possible, published by AK Press.

Cantarello E, Newton AC, Martin PA, Evans PM, Gosal A, Lucash MS, 2017. Quantifying resilience of multiple ecosystem services and biodiversity in a temperate forest landscapeEcology and Evolution; 00:1–15. 

Jaeger, K.W.  Amos, A., Bigelow, D.P., Chang, H., Conklin, D.R., Haggerty, R., Langpap, C., Moore, K., Mote, P., Nolin, A., Plantinga, A. J., Schwartz, C., Tullos, D., Turner, D.T., Finding water scarcity amid abundance using human-natural system models, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 
(doi: 10.1073/pnas.1706847114)

Loikith, P. C., J.Detzer, C. R. Mechoso, K. Lee, and A. Barkhordarian, 2017: The Influence of Recurrent Modes of Climate Variability on the Occurrence of Monthly Temperature Extremes over South America, accepted to the Journal of Geophysical Research 

Loikith, P. C., D. E. Waliser, J. Kim, and R. Ferraro, 2017:  Evaluation of Cool Season Precipitation Event Characteristics over the Northeasat US in a Suite of Downscaled Climate Model Hindcasts. Climate Dynamics, DOI 10.1007/s00382-017-3837-0.

Lee, H., D. E. Waliser, R. Ferraro, T. Iguchi, C. D. Peters-Lidard, B. Tian, P. C. Loikith, and D. Wright, 2017: Evaluating hourly rainfall characteristics over the US Great Plains in dynamically downscaled climate model simulations using NASA Unified WRF (NU-WRF). Journal of Geophysical Research, DOI:10.1002/2017JD026564.

Iguchi, T., W.-K. Tao, D. Wu, C. Peters-Lidard, J. A. Santanello, E. Kemp, Y. Tian, J. Case, W. Wang, R. Ferraro, D. Waliser, J. Kim, H. Lee, B. Guan, B. Tian, and P. C. Loikith, 2017: Sensitivity of CONUS summer rainfall to the selection of cumulus parameterization schemes in NU-WRF seasonal simulationsJournal of Hydrometeorology, 18, 1689-1706. 

Loikith, P. C., B. R. Lintner, and A. N. Sweeney, 2017: Characterizing Large-Scale Meteorological Patterns and Associated Temperature and Precipitation Extremes over the Northwestern United States using Self Organizing MapsJournal of Climate, 30, 2829-2847.

de Barros Soares, D., H. Lee, P. C. Loikith, A. Barkhordarian, and C. R. Mechoso, 2017:  Can Significant Trends in Surface Temperature and Precipitation be Detected over South America? International Journal of Climatology, DOI: 10.1002/joc.4792, 1483-1493.

Holz, A., Paritsis, J., Mundo, I., Veblen, T.T., Kitzberger, T., Williamson, G., Aráoz, E., Bustos, C., González, M., Grau, R., and Quezada, J. Southern Annular Mode drives multi-century wildfire activity in southern South America. PNAS (Early view). doi: 10.1073/pnas.1705168114

Lucash, M.S., R.M. Scheller, E.J.Gustafson, and B.S. Sturtevant. 2017. Spatial resilience of forested landscapes under climate change and management. Landscape Ecology,  doi:10.1007/s10980-017-0501-3 

Wentz, E., Crow-Miller, B., Chang, H., and Stoker, P. 2017. Moving beyond the case study to understand how and why cities function, Parameters

Ignacio A. Mundo, Ricardo Villalba, Thomas T. Veblen, Thomas Kitzberger, Andrés Holz, Juan Paritsis, Alberto Ripalta, 2017. Fire history in Southern Patagonia: human and climate influences on fire activity in Nothofagus pumilio forests, Ecosphere



Christina Aragon, Geography graduate student, gave a poster presentation titled, "Meteorological drivers of extreme precipitation over Portland, OR" at the 8th GEWEX Open Science Conference: Extremes and Water on the Edge in Canmore, AB, Canada on May 8th, 2018. 

Jacob Hunter, Geography graduate student, gave a presentation titled, "Assessment of Observed Increases in Extreme Warm Exceedances in Locations with Short Warm Side Tails," at the Student Research Symposium at Portland State University in May, 2018.

The following presentations were made at the Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting in New Orleans, LA, April 10 - 14;

Heejun Chang, SeongYun Cho, Lumas Helaire, and Stephen Talke
Assessment of urban flood vulnerability to climate extremes

Martin Swobodzinski
Effects of virtual companion animals on human emotional health

Benjamin Fahy and Heejun Chang
Evaluating Distribution of Stormwater Green Infrastructure on Watershed Outflow

Tim Hitchins and Sachi Arakawa
Getting Beyond ‘Neutral’: Building a Resistance Movement in the GIS Community

Janardan Mainali and Heejun Chang
Incorporating spatial structure in water quality modeling: A case study from Han River Basin South Korea

Elinore Webb
Mycorrhizal Biogeophysical Distribution in Response to Dike Removal

Junjie Chen and Heejun Chang
Relation between streamflow and turbidity during storm events in the Clackamas River watershed, Oregon

Katelyn Michelson and Heejun Chang
Spatial Characteristics of Urban Flooding from 2010-2017 through Citizen Science in Portland, OR

John Rogers
The effects of stratospheric polar vortex states and annual movements on winter weather anomalies and sea ice status in the northern hemisphere

Alida Cantor
When policy catches up with science: The challenges of operationalizing new legal recognition of groundwater-surface water interactions in California

Stacey Olson, Erica Smithwick, Melissa Lucash, Robert Scheller, and Jared Oyler
Poster: Modeling the spread of emerald ash borer under variable climate predictions in northeastern Wisconsin, U.S.A. using LANDIS-II

Sunhak Bae and Heejun Chang
Poster: Viewing from the past: Development and flood in South Korea

David Banis and Rebecca McLain
Poster: What we know and don’t know about human ecology mapping: Lessons from the fie

Judah Dexter, Geography graduate student, gave a presentation titled, "Characterizing Temperature Variability and Associated Large Scale Meteorological Patterns Across South America," at the American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana in December, 2017.

Paul Loikith, Geography Faculty, gave a presentation titled, "Extreme Temperature Exceedances Change more Rapidly Under Future Warming in Regions of non-Gaussian Short Temperature Distribution Tails," at the American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana in December, 2017.

Summer Dean, *unknown title,* gave a presentation titled, "Winter Storm Jupiter of January 2017: Meteorological Drivers, Synoptic Evolution, and Climate Change Considerations in Portland, OR," American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana in December, 2017.

Emily Silinskey, Geography graduate student, gave a presentation titled, "Assessment of Observational Uncertainty in Extreme Precipitation Events over the Continental United States," at the American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana in December, 2017.

Christina Aragon, Geography graduate student, gave a presentation titled, "Large-Scale Meteorological Patterns Associated with Extreme Precipitation Events over Portland, OR," at the American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana in December, 2017.

Christina Aragon, Geography graduate student, gave a presentation titled, "Large-Scale Meteorological Patterns Associated with Extreme Precipitation Events over Portland," at the Climate Mini Conference by Oregon State University, Corvalis, OR in October, 2017.

Heejun Chang gave a talk titled “Assessing Urban Flood Risk in a Changing Climate” at the International Geographical Congress's Water Sustainability Commission Meeting in Istomino, August 16, 2017.

Andres Holz gave a talk titled “High severity fires, positive fire feedbacks and alternative stable states in Athrotaxis rainforest ecosystems in western Tasmania” at the Ecological Society of America Annual Conference in Portland, OR, August 11, 2017.

Paul Loikith presented a talk at the American Meteorological Society Conference on Climate Variability and Change in Baltimore, MD entitled "Investigating the Influence of Non-Gaussian Temperature Distribution Tails on Future Changes in Extreme Warm Threshold Exceedances".

Melissa Lucash gave a talk titled "Visualizing spatial resilience under climate change" at the Resilience Alliance Conference in Stockholm Sweden, August 23, 2017.



May 2018

Alida Cantor, Jola Ajibade, and Melissa Haeffner (ESM) have been approved by the PSU Institute for Sustainable Solutions for a grant of $7,000 for their project, “Gender in water careers: Examining the implications of gender disparities in water resource management professions." This funding will support initial research and grant writing efforts to secure an NSF grant.

February 2018

Martin Swobodzinski received an award of $85,201 from the National Institutes of Health (NIH)/PSU BUILD EXITO Pilot Project Program for a project titled, “Effects of Virtual Companion Animal on Humans Emotional Health. National Institutes of Health” for the period 02/2018 - 01/2019.

November 2017

Paul Loikith received a new $156,000 subcontract from JPL on a NASA project to evaluate the ability of climate models to simulate conditions favorable for lightning outbreaks in the western US approved. This is a 3 year project.

September 2017

In collaboration with PSU's Center for Lakes and Reservoirs, CSAR was awarded a grant from the Oregon GIS Framework Development Program for the project "Management and Delivery of Oregon's Bathymetric Data"
PI: Rich Miller and David Banis 

August 2017

CSAR signed a contract for $22,000 with the nonprofit Discover Your Forest in support of the "Human Ecology Mapping (HEM) Survey and Data Analysis for the Deschutes and Ochoco National Forests and the Crooked River Grassland."
PI: David Banis

CSAR received $19,500 from the USDA Forest Service Pacific Northwest Research Station for the "Latino Forest Use and Values Community-Based Mapping Project".
PI: David Banis and Rebecca McLain

Melissa Lucash received a grant titled "Collaborative Research: Regional Impacts of Increasing Fire Frequency and Climate Change on Carbon Dynamics and Species Composition in the Boreal Forest ” from the National Science Foundation for the period 01/01/2018 - 12/31/2020.

July 2017

Andres Holz received an award in the amount of $203,130 for the project entitled “Collaborative Research: RUI: Recovery Trajectories of the Hillslope Green Water Cycle After Rapidly Repeated Wildfires” from the National Science Foundation for the period 07/01/17 to 06/30/2020


Alida Cantor's op-ed article, "Opinion: State law recognizes rivers and groundwater are connected — now what?" was published in The Mercury News

Alida Cantor published a blog post about the report, "Progress on California Water," on Legal Planet blog. 

Alida Cantor was quoted in an article published by Public Policy Institute of California for her findings in water data systems in California.

Grad student John Rogers was featured on KGW regarding LiDAR and GIS analysis for post-fire debris flow potential on the Eagle Creek burn site. 

Melissa Lucash is featured on page 17 of PSU Research Quarterly in Climate Change and Wildfires Could Reshape Boreal Forests and Offset Carbon Cycling.

Melissa Lucash is mentioned on the OPB website an article The Problem with Wildfires: There Aren't Enough of Them, Study Finds

Watch KATU news interview Paul Loikith in a segment about Are Tornadoes Becoming More Common in the Pacific Northwest? 

Read Dean Marrongelle's tweet about Professor HolzResearch in ancient forests show link between climate change and wildfires