2018 GCS Conference Program

Welcome to the 72nd Annual Conference for the California Geographical Society

In Sacramento

A special thanks to the Sacramento regional geographers throughout the Los Rios Community College District and Sac State for their coordination and efforts in developing this conference.

Venue locations for the conference are available on this Google Map


Friday Field Trips

All field trips, unless otherwise noted, depart from lot F at Cosumnes River College.

Friday Night Registration

In the central quad at Cosumnes River College, starting at 5:30.

Kick-Off Barbeque

In the central quad at Cosumnes river College starting at 6:00.

Keynote Address

Room: Library 111

Discovering 1850s Overland Trails

Dee Owens - Oregon & California Trails Association

In the 1850s, tens of thousands of hardy pioneers crossed the Sierras on emigrant trails during the largest mass migration in American history . Where were these trails? How did they cross the Sierra? Is there anything left of them? Dee Owens will explain how the Oregon-California Trails Association works with the National Forest, other agencies, and land owners to locate, mark, and map the emigrant trails. She will show how new advances in technology help locate trails that were heavily traveled but have now disappeared into the forest. Owens is a retired teacher. Since retiring she has been active with the Oregon-California Trails Association as the California-Nevada Chapter Webmaster and has participated on emigrant trail mapping teams. She is also a research volunteer at the El Dorado County Historical Museum.

CGS Board Meeting

Following the keynote address In Sci 109


Registration and Vendor Displays

Winn Center Lobby

8:00 am - 3:00 pm

Poster Presentations

Winn 150

8:45 am - 3:00 pm

Judging to begin at 9:00 am

Presenters, Titles and Abstracts

Cartography Presentations

Sci 109

8:45 am - 3:00 pm

Judging to begin at 9:00

Presenters, Titles and Abstracts

Paper Session 1

8:45 - 9:45 am

Session 1A: Winn 251 - Undergraduate Papers

Chair: Victor Torres

Alexandra Borunda

CSU, Fullerton

Reflectively of Tornadic Debris Signatures: An analysis of the May 20th, 2013 Moore, OK tornado

Natalie Kinney

CSU, Chico

Butte County Climate Change Vulnerablity Assessment

Victor Torres

San Bernardino Valley College

Food Security and Climate Change

Session 1B: Winn 252 - Graduate Papers

Chair: Lauryn Duoto

Dustin Tsai

UC Davis

Instrumental Victimhood: How nations frame victimhood narratives in the pursuit of political violence

Stacie Townsend

UC Davis

Landscape Change in the Central Valley: Where Fiction Meets Reality

Lauryn Duoto

CSU, San Jose

Noise Pollution, Environmental Justice, and Urban Green Space: A Case Study of San Jose, California

Session 1C: Winn 254 Faculty Papers

Chair: Mike DeVino

Sato Noriyuki and Ryan Miller

CSU Chico

Is Writing Tough? A New Approach to Writing in an Introductory Physical Geography Course

Irene Naesse

Orange Coast College

Fixer Upper: World Regional Geography Edition

Mike DeVivo

Grand Rapids Community College

Uganda, 1976

Presidential Plenary Session

10:00 - 11:00 am

Library 111

Sacramento: America’s Farm to Fork Capital

Amber Stott - Food Literacy Center

Amber Stott is CEO and chief food genius of the nonprofit Food Literacy Center in Sacramento, California. She's also a food writer and public speaker. She's been named “Food Revolution Hero” by Jamie Oliver Food Foundation, Food Tank’s 20 Innovators Protecting the Planet and a TEDx Sacramento Changemaker Fellow.

Amber founded the nonprofit Food Literacy Center in 2011 to inspire kids to eat their vegetables. The nonprofit is considered a leader in the field of food literacy.

The results are successful: after class, 70% of children in the program ask their parents for the foods they taste in class, like broccoli and cactus, and over 90% say healthy food tastes good. The organization also writes food literacy curriculum and trains community members as food literacy instructors.

Amber is a steering committee member of America’s Farm-to-Fork. She advocates for food policy changes, including the passage of a statewide Food Literacy Month.

She holds a Master’s degree in African Studies and Women’s Studies and speaks Danish and Zulu.


11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Box lunches distributed on the North Side of the Winn Center, on the back patio.

Paper Session 2

1:00 - 2:00 pm

Session 2A: Winn 251 - Undergraduate Papers

Chair: Christopher Notto

Chris Booher

CSU, Fullerton

Bridging the Classroom to the Real World: A Research Assessment of the Parks of Anaheim.

Luis Devera

CSU, Northridge

Carpinteria Salt Marsh: Post Fire Analysis of the Geomorphological and Water Quality of the Estuary System

Christopher Notto

CSU, Northridge

Examining the Physical Habitat of Coastal Rainbow Trout, In Relation to Variable Flow Conditions Downstream of Big Tujunga Dam, California

Session 2B: Winn 252 - Graduate Papers

Chair: Mayra Sanchez

Lucas Reyes

CSU, Long Beach

A tale of two farmers in the legal Green Rush: new California agricultural geographies in commercial cannabis cultivation

Mayra Sanchez

UC Davis

Temporalities of Toxic Exposure: Vulnerability to Pesticides in Agricultural California

Session 2C: Winn 254 - Faculty Papers

Chair: Ian Dunham

Matthew Derrick

CSU, Humboldt

Religious Faith and Ambiguity in a Central Asian City: Three Stories

Ian Dunham

CSU, San Francisco

Navigating the Dual Financial Service System: Neighborhood Level Predictors of Access to Brick-and-Mortar Financial Services

Betty Smith

Eastern Illinois University

Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) Construction of Camps in the Sierra Nevada Mountains of California

Session 2D: Winn 255 - Faculty Papers

William Selby

Santa Monica College

Destroying California: Anticipating Our Next Great Disaster

Dennis Christian

Artists of a West Coast Mesa - Geography of a Rock Art Site in Baja California

Eric Jones

Sacramento City College

The Flood Prone Suburbs: Reducing Flood Risk Through Creative Landscape Modification

Paper Session 3

2:15 - 3:15 pm

Session 3A: Winn 251 - Undergraduate Papers

Chair: Adam Lentz

Erika Trinidad

Soka University of America

The Sonic Red Line: Deciphering the phonic identity of the Los Angeles Metro Red Line through sound mapping

Adam Lentz

CSU, Fullerton

The Resurrection of Vinyl: Spatially Analyzing the Changes in Preferred Music Format 2002-2017

Jonathan Tejada

CSU, Northridge

What Impacts do Sporting Mega-events have on Urban Socio-spatial Landscapes?

Session 3B: Winn 252 - Graduate Papers

Chair: Aubrey Rose

Maelynn Dickson

CSU, Fullerton

Promoting Successful Campus-Wide Sustainability Through Hands-on Education

Aubrey Rose

Peralta Colleges

Green Gentrification: Cannabis & Live/Work Spaces in Oakland

Session 3C: Winn 254 - Faculty Papers

Chair: Rosemary Sheriff

Trevis Matheus

CSU, Fullerton

New Species and Sub-annual Perspectives in US Southwest Dendroclimatology

Robert Voeks

CSU, Fullerton

God's Healing Leaves: The Colonial Quest for Medicinal Plants in the Torrid Zone

Rosemary Sheriff

CSU, Humboldt

Drought and tree response in northern California

Session 3D: Winn 255 - Workshop

Steve Graves

CSU, Northridge

Best Ideas Teaching Workshop

Paper Session 4

3:30 - 4:30 pm

Session 4A: Winn 251 - Undergraduate Papers

Chair: Ryan Mulder

Ryan Mulder

Grand Rapids Community College

Corporate Colonialism: Higher Education and the Foreign Student Trade

Session 4B: Winn 252 - Faculty Papers

Melinda Kashuba & David Scollon

Shasta College

Landscapes of Disaffection: The State of Jefferson and A Divided California

Session 4C: Winn 254 - Faculty & Professional Papers

Chair: Scott Phillips

Rob O'Keefe

Take Only Selfies, Leave Only Geotags: Social Media's Increasing Impact on the Physical Environment

Benjamin Timms

Cal Poly

Q-Method Assessment of Cultural Ecosystem Services Valuation of Central California Oak Landscapes

Scott Phillips

Clovis Community College

Solar Energy Development and Endangered Upland Species of the San Joaquin Valley of California: Identification of Conflict Zones

Session 4D: Winn 255 - Workshop

Craig Davis

Sacramento City College

CC/CSU/UC Roundtable Discussion

CGS Business Meeting, Winn 251

4:30 - 5:30

Awards Banquet

Beginning at 6:00 pm

Valley Hi Country Club

Dress Code - All guests attending a function must conform to the Valley Hi Country Club dress code. Modes of dress which do not meet Valley Hi requirements include: Jeans or denim of any kind, jogging or unusual shorts, tube tops, tank tops, athletic tops or shorts, bathing suits, bare feet or thongs, and any type of headgear. Shirts must be tucked in.


Sunday Field Trips

All field trips, unless otherwise noted, depart from lot F at Cosumnes River College.