Faculty & Staff

Program Director
Jon Fink
phone: 503.725.3386
email: jon.fink@pdx.edu or jon.fink@ubc.ca
Office hours by appointment
Administrative Coordinator
Angela Canton


School of the Environment Affiliated Faculty

Please note this list may not be a complete listing of all affiliated faculty. If you have questions about this, please email environ@pdx.edu.

 Research Areas
Shelby Anderson
Past human-environment interactions, particularly the role of social networks in cultural vulnerability or resilience to environmental change
Virginia Butler
Archaeology, zooarchaeology, long term connections between people and animals, applications of zooarchaeology to conservation biology and education, western North America
Jeremy Spoon
Local ecological knowledge and understanding, political economy, environmental sustainability; mountainous protected areas, place-based spirituality, applied anthropology, public education; mixed methods, South Asia, Native North America, East Africa
Natalie Vasey
Behavioral ecology, life history adaptations, and evolution of primates, with a focus on the endangered and recently extinct primates of Madagascar
David Jay
Tidal analysis, salmon habitat in the Columbia River basin
Gwynn Johnson
Groundwater hydrology, subsurface contaminant transport and fate, environmental chemistry
Scott Wells
Developing computer models for the temperature, oxygen levels, algae, plants, and fish in reservoirs, lakes, and rivers in order to maintain their quality
Randall Bluffstone
Environmental and resource economics, including pollution policies, deforestation in low-income countries and the economics of suburban sprawl
Marion Dresner
Forest ecology, ecology education, qualitative modeling and ecological understanding, and citizen participation in environmental science
Bill Fish
The transformation and transport of heavy metals and other contaminants in soil, surface water, sediment, and groundwater systems
Linda George
Atmospheric chemistry, monitoring and modeling of urban air pollutants, assessing human exposure to and perception of air pollutants and climate change, development of measurement techniques for quantifying atmospheric species, investigations of urban climate modification and atmospheric science education
Jeff Gerwing
Forest ecology, restoration, and management
Elise Granek
The transition zone between land and sea examining how coastal and subtidal habitats interact in terms of biotic and abiotic processes
Joe Maser
Effectiveness of wetland mitigation projects to compensate for ecological functions lost due to anthropogenic activities
Jennifer Morse
Biogeochemistry, ecosystem ecology, urban ecology, wetlands, greenhouse gases, ecosystem restoration, and global change
Max Nielson-Pincus
Environmental legislation and policy, land use and cover change, community-based natural resource management, watershed restoration, wildfire management, sense of place,   landowner psychology, agent-based modeling
Yangdong Pan
Environmental monitoring and bio-assessment of freshwater
Catherine de Rivera
Limits to and consequences of biological invasions and how ecological factors affect mating behaviors and reproductive success
John Rueter
Hypereutrophication of Upper Klamath Lake as a result of cyanobacteria physiology, how marshes may mitigate these blooms, how we can extract phosphorus using plants, and the difficulty of reaching policy decisions in such a complex system
Robert Scheller
How terrestrial landscapes and the ecosystem services they support change through time in response to diverse influences, including climate change, management, wildfire, insects, and others
Angela Strecker
Understanding the effects of human activities on freshwater ecosystems, including food web and community responses to climate change, invasive species, and landscape connectivity
Mark Systema
Limnology and marine and freshwater invasive species biology, ecology, and management including policy development
Alan Yeakley
Ecological system analysis, ecosystem management, forest ecology, hydrological modeling, riparian ecology, urban ecology, watershed biogeochemistry, watershed hydrology
David Banis
Map Design and Production, Maps and Geographic Information, Mapmaking with GIS

Barbara Brower
Cultural ecology, mountain geography, Nepal, the western United States, wildland resource conservation and policy, the environmental movement 
Teresa Bulman
Geography education
Heejun Chang
Hydrology and spatial analysis
Britt Crow-Miller
Post-Mao China, China in the world, the politics of environment and development, resource management 
Geoffrey Duh
GIS theory and applications, especially in the development of spatial decision support systems using data integration, optimization, and simulation techniques
Andrés Holz
Forest dynamics, disturbance ecology, climate-fire-human relationships, and biogeography
Martin LaFrenz
Fluvial geomorphology and soils, urban stream phenomena, the legacy effects of human land use on critical zone processes, community-based watershed monitoring, and mobile GIS
Paul Loikith
Regional climate and climate change, climate and weather extremes, climate model analysis
Hunter Shobe
Cultural, urban, and political geography, sense of place, urban landscapes, uses of public spaces
Martin Swobodzinski
Spatial decision support, human-computer interaction, individual choice-making behavior, participatory decision making, knowledge discovery and data mining, exploratory data analysis
John Bershaw

Adam Booth
Quantitative geomorphology: landslides, LiDAR, landscape evolution modeling, inverse problems, numerical modeling, remote sensing.
Scott Burns

Kenneth Cruikshank
Physical processes relevant to the geosciences, and the quantification and simulation of these processes using numerical methods
Andrew Fountain
Climate and hydrological effects of snow and glaciers with related interests in lake ice, river ice, and permafrost
Richard C. Hugo

Ben Perkins 
Water and sediment geochemistry
David Percy
Geographical Information Systems, web-GIS, spatial data analysis, computer applications in the earth sciences, computer networking, multi-user databases, field applications of technology
Nancy Price

Max Rudolph
Problems related to the mechanics of geysers and mud volcanoes, particularly the response of mud volcanoes to earthquakes and processes occurring at the Lusi mud volcano in East Java, Indonesia and at various mud volcanoes along the San Andreas Fault.
Alex Ruzicka
The origin and evolution of the solar system, with particular emphasis on the petrology and geochemistry of meteorites and their components
Martin Streck
Igneous petrology, volcanology, geochemistry
Ashley Streig

David Ervin
Agricultural Biotechnology and Environmental Management, Business Environmental Sustainability, Environmental Policy Reform, International Trade and Environmental Management
Aslam Khalil
Global Change Science, reflecting the impact of human activities on the earth's climate and habitability
Andrew Rice
Better understanding sources and sinks of important atmospheric trace gases using small variations in naturally occurring stable isotopes
Erik Sanchez
Development and implementation of nano-scale imaging techniques. Study of the optical interaction of light and nanometric objects in order to generate enhanced fields for fluorescence and Raman spectroscopy/microscopy. Determination of new applications for Focused Ion / Electron Beam systems towards the study of biological systems using near-field and far-field microscopies.
Darrell Brown
Corporate social and environmental reporting, the relationship business reporting and business transparency, and the relationship between social and environmental reporting and firm performance
Scott Marshall
Proactive environmental strategy, corporate governance and sustainability reporting
Wayne Wakeland
Biomedical dynamics, the software development process, criminal justice systems, sustainability, supply chain management, organizational dynamics and systems thinking, simulation & optimization methods
Martin Zwick
Information theoretic modeling, machine learning, theoretical biology, game theory, and systems theory and philosophy

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