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Professor Emeritus Richard Lycan

Meet Professor Emeritus Richard Lycan

Ph.D. (1964) Geography, University of Washington
M.A. (1961) Geography, George Washington University
B.S. (1956) Education, University of Idaho

Biographical Note:

Richard Lycan’s principal professional interests lie in the application of Geographical Information System (GIS) concepts and tools to demographic analysis. He came to Portland State University in 1970 and taught for 30 years in the Department of Geography  and the    School of Urban and Public Affairs, served as department chair in Geography for nine years, and at various times as Acting Director of the Population Research Center (PRC). Since his retirement in 1997 he has continued to serve in the Population Research Center. Prior to coming to Portland State he was a faculty member at the University of Victoria. British Columbia. He served in the U.S. Navy as an intelligence officer, from which he retired as a Captain in the Naval Reserve.

Lycan is a co-author of the Atlas of Oregon Lakes, published by Oregon State University Press in 1985 and currently is working with the PSU Center for Lakes and Reservoirs on the updating and republication of this atlas as a web based resource.  Take a look at the new Atlas of Oregon Lakes, currently being revised, updated and expanded, now available online.

Professor Lycan has been involved in teaching and research in Geographical Information Systems (GIS) since the 1980’s. In 1990 he undertook a project to provide enrollment forecasts for a local school district, making use of GIS tools for detailed geographical analysis of enrollment trends. Since then he has provided demographic support for a number of school districts, including Portland Public Schools. One facet of his school demography work involves linking the characteristics of students and their families to assessor’s tax-lot data in order to better tie school planning to housing and community planning. Over the years the affiliation with PRC allowed him to work on a variety of demographic studies including modeling, forecasting, and impact assessment.

Curriculum Vitae

Contact Information:
Office: 780K Urban Center (URBN)
Phone: (503) 725-5158
FAX: (503) 725-5199