- Contributor Biographies
Casey D. Allen is an assistant professor at the University of Colorado, Denver. Dr. Allen became a geographer because of field studies. Whether in physical or human settings, he enjoys dragging students into the field, helping them “see” the landscape anew. His interests span the gamut from biogeomorphology and actor-network theory to micrometeorology and critical science pedagogy.
Gregory S. Bohr received his Ph.D. in geography from Louisiana State University in 2005. He currently teaches in the Social Sciences Department at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, where he focuses on climatology, physical geography, and GIS.
Darrick Danta is chair of the Department of Geography at CSUN, where he has taught since 1985. Armed with a Ph.D. from Ohio State, most of his academic pursuits have been on European topics from a highly analytical perspective. More recently, however, Darrixxx interests have turned to areas closer to home and more down to earth in approach. He ably fulfilled his goal as APCG president: namely, to make all who came before and all who will come after look great by comparison!
Jeremy D. Dorn is a recent B.S. in geography with a Certificate in GIS from Arizona State University. Jeremy has taken to heart the call of President Obama for community service immediately after college. Thus, Jeremy is working in a Title I elementary school, Scales Technology Academy, where every child is provided a laptop. Part of his job, while trying to infuse geography where possible, involves keeping those laptops running.
Ronald I. Dorn is a professor at Arizona State University. Dorn has several research projects related to the impact of fire on desert geomorphology—derived by pure serendipity. Following the advice of Luna Leopold to obtain baseline data at a large variety of sites, Ron did just that upon his arrival at ASU 20 years ago. Unfortunately for the environment, it just so happened that a few of these field sites experienced wildfires over a dozen years later.
Douglas E. Fetters is a native southern Californian and was a graduate student at California State University, Long Beach, when he researched [End Page 12] railroad abandonment in the San Fernando Valley, just north of Downtown Los Angeles. His interests center on analyzing how historical cadastral boundaries, roads, and railroads ultimately influenced the spatial organization of contemporary urban development and redevelopment in southern California and other regions.
Larry Ford first wandered the streets of San Francisco in 1964 and has been doing so on a regular basis ever since. Between 1971 and 1983 he regularly brought SDSU students to the city for a 10-day Intersession experience in urban design planning, using the 1971 Urban Design Plan and lots of field research. He has led field trips for several organizations and has walked nearly every street, at least in the northeast quadrant of the city. It is always fascinating to see how the city changes, yet remains the same.
Julia Griswold received her M.A. degree from San Francisco State University. She is now doing her Ph.D. on transportation engineering at the University of California, Berkeley.
Patrick Kahn is a lecturer and researcher who enjoys backpacking and cave exploration when he’s not chasing his hidden dream of becoming a professional baseball player.
Michal Kohout spends most of his time along the U.S.-Mexico border, which is one of his favorite places on earth because it reminds him of his migrant roots.
XiaoHang Liu is an assistant professor at San Francisco State University. She received her Ph.D. in geography from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her research is on socioeconomic applications of GIS and remote sensing.
David “Jim” Nemeth, erstwhile bodysurfer-in-residence at southern California’s Zuma Beach, today dodges potholes in a rusty Wrangler while wending his way to the University of Toledo (sadly, not in Spain), where he professes geography. An iconic fixture after 20 years, no less so than the gargoyles that guard his office door, he embodies one of the more remote remaining outposts of Berkeley School cultural geography. Though now an old dog far from home, he can still perform one nimble geographic trick. In exchange for...