I advise students in a number of different programs: 1) as a thesis advisor or committee member for students pursuing an M.S. in Geographic Information Science and Technology, 2) in studio and on independent research project for students in the Master of Landscape Architecture program, and 3) as an instructor for the capstone practicum in the B.S. in GeoDesign program, and 4) as an independent research advisor for USC undergraduates, particular in the academic programs of the Spatial Sciences Institute.
M.S. Geographic Information Science and Technology
Sarah Godfrey is a student in the Geographic Information Science and Technology (GIST) Master’s degree program at the University of Southern California. She has more than 15 years of experience in ecological research and conservation of native habitats. Through Sarah’s work with the Center for Natural Lands Management, she has been involved with the recovery of the endangered Pacific Pocket Mouse (PPM) at the Dana Point Headlands for more than four years. Her current research on the PPM involves using remote sensing to detect changes in habitat and species distribution modeling to understand environmental variables associated with changes in population distribution and abundance.
Christopher Beattie (2014) – 3D Visualization Models as a Tool for Reconstructing the Historical Landscape of the Ballona Creek Watershed (now senior imagery production technician at Google)
Austin V. Davis (2013) – Testing LANDIS-II to stochastically model spatially abstract vegetation trends in the contiguous United States (now pursuing Ph.D. at University of Illinois)
Matthew Bissell (2013) – Using volunteered geographic information to model blue whale foraging habitat, southern California Bight (now Coast Gaurd officer)
Master of Landscape Architecture
Zhaoheng Chen (2015) – Knot in confluence [directed design research]
Bowen Qi (2014) – Regeneration of Los Angeles Harbor – New Access to the Waterfront [directed design research]
Gongzou Zhao (2014) – Ecological Landscape Design in the Process of Chinese Urban Development [directed design research]
Rachel Klein (2014) – The San Pedro wild [directed design research]
Catherine Rilla (2013) – School garden design as catalyst for environmental education and community engagement: Los Angeles Unified School District case studies [thesis]
James Lively (2012) – Valuable Places of Wildness in Los Angeles: The Crown Coach Brownfield [directed design research]
Christopher Arntz (2012) – Eco-feedback: addressing Santa Monica’s coastal water quality through hybrid design interventions [directed design research]