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

Current Students

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.

Jason Martin
Ricardo Montijo

Graduated Students

Giles Kingsley (2015) – Distribution and Correlates of Feral Cat Trapping Permits in Los Angeles, California

Caitlan Dowling (2015) – Using Maxent Modeling to Predict Habitat of Mountain Pine Beetle in Response to Climate Change

William Winters (2015)- Identifying Areas of High Risk for Avian Mortality by Performing a Least Accumulative Cost Analysis

James Pollock (2015) – A Maxent-based model for identifying local-scale tree species richness patch boundaries in the Lake Tohoe Basin of California and Nevada

Samuel Price (2015) – Distribution of Sonoran pronghorn (Antilocapra americana sonoriensis) on an active Air Force tactical range

Mine Metitiri (2014) – Use of GIS for Analysis of Community Health Worker Patient Registries from Chongwe District, a Rural Low-resource Setting, in Lusaka Province, Zambia

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)

David Mullis (2014) – Using Landsat and a Bayesian Hard Classifier to Study Forest Change in the Salmon Creek Watershed Area from 1972-2013

Benito Lo (2014) – Effect of spatial patterns on sampling design performance in a vegetation map accuracy assessment

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)

Joshua Benton (2013) – An analysis of the North Rainier Elk Herd Area, Washington: change detection and habitat modeling with remote sensing and GIS

Caroline Jablonicky (2013) – Spatial distribution of the Nile crocodile (Crocodylus niloticus) in the Mariarano River system, Northwestern Madagascar

Russell Abbott (2012) – Investigation and analysis of land use/tree cover in Riverside, California

Brian Kearns
(2012) – Is the likelihood of waterfowl presence greater on conserved lands?

Master of Landscape Architecture

Graduated Students

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]