Dr. Travis Longcore is an Assistant Professor of Architecture, Spatial Sciences, and Biological Sciences at the University of Southern California. He is a core faculty member in the Landscape Architecture graduate program and the undergraduate major in GeoDesign. He is a Faculty Affiliate of the GIS Research Laboratory and the Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies and serves as Science Director of The Urban Wildlands Group, a Los Angeles-based conservation nonprofit. From 2008 to 2015 he was Associate Professor (Research) in the Department of Geography and then the Spatial Sciences Institute at USC, while also serving as Adjunct Associate Professor at the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, where taught the senior practicum in Environmental Science. From 2000 through 2009 he was a research associate and associate director of the USC Center for Sustainable Cities.
Dr. Longcore earned his M.A. and Ph.D. from UCLA in 1999 as a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow. His undergraduate degree at the University of Delaware (summa cum laude) was the first Honors B.A. awarded in Geography. He was a Eugene duPont Distinguished Memorial Scholar and received the Alexander J. Taylor Award for outstanding senior man of his graduating class, in addition to being an early inductee to Phi Beta Kappa.
Dr. Longcore’s research is focused on nature in cities and makes use of diverse statistical tools, fieldwork, and geographic information systems. His landmark article “Ecological Light Pollution” (Longcore and Rich 2004) and 2006 co-edited book Ecological Consequences of Artificial Night Lighting (Island Press) have come to define a new and rapidly growing research area in ecology. His service to the profession includes serving as an Associate Editor of the open-access interdisciplinary scientific journal PLoS ONE.
Dr. Longcore is an accomplished environmental policy consultant, having provided extensive expert commentary and analysis in dozens of environmental cases for local, regional, and national organizations on issues as diverse as “towerkill” of migratory birds at communications towers, the proposed delisting of the Yellowstone population of grizzly bears, the ecological impacts of pesticides on birds, and numerous residential, recreational, and commercial development projects.
Dr. Longcore co-developed science-based habitat restoration program and native plant nursery for coastal dune habitats and transferred operation to nonprofit training at-risk youth and young adults; directed the growth of a yearlong senior practicum problems course for a B.S. program in environmental science with competitive selection of student group projects for off-campus clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to local nonprofits; and managed a successful captive breeding program for endangered California butterflies.