- Contributor Biographies
Stefano Bloch recently completed his Ph.D. at the University of Minnesota. His dissertation, The Changing Face of Wall Space (2012), focuses on neighborhood change as expressed in the content of, and contestation over, murals and graffiti-murals produced in the Echo Park and Silver Lake districts of Los Angeles. He currently teaches qualitative urban research methods in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at California State University, Northridge, and lives in his hometown of L.A. with his partner Maria and their two children, Black Thomas and Rainy Matilda Bear.
Ron Dorn is a professor in the School of Geographical Sciences at Arizona State University. This paper combines material presented orally at the Phoenix APCG meeting and a senior research project.
Jacob Dorn is a high school senior who worked on the statistics as an ASU summer project.
Emma Harrison is a Master's student at ASU with a focus on weathering processes.
Elyssa Gutbrod is a Ph.D. student at ASU with a focus on the utility of GIS to understand environmental degradation in deserts.
Steve Gibson is a 2012 ASU B.S. Geography graduate with a focus on educational technology in geographic learning.
Phil Larson is a Ph.D. student at ASU with a focus on the role of fluvial processes in landscape evolution.
Niccole Cerveny is a full-time instructor at Mesa Community College with a passion for involving community college students in undergraduate research.
Nicholas Lopat is one of Dr. Cerveny's MCC students.
Kaelin M. Groom is a 2012 University of Colorado-Denver B.S. Geography graduate with an interest in rock decay.
Case Allen is an assistant professor of geography at UC-Denver, with his primary research interests in biogeomorphology and geographic education.
Barbara E. Fredrich graduated from UCLA in 1975. She retired from San Diego State University in 2005 and served the Department of Geography under the FERP program until May 2009. Since then she has traveled to Syria, Iran, and five Central Asia countries. She prepares for trips by taking Zumba classes at the Y. [End Page 12]
Martha L. Henderson is currently director of the Graduate Program on the Environment at The Evergreen State College. Dr. Henderson has been a Member of the Faculty at Evergreen State since 1995 teaching in the Environmental Studies area. Her interests include environmental history of the Pacific Northwest, Native and ethnic studies, and cultural geography. Her research focuses on the cultural context of wildland fire; contemporary American environmental issues; the relationship between science, nature, and religion; and the Eastern Mediterranean. She received a Fulbright Scholarship in 2004 to study wildland fire in Greece.
Katherine Heslop is a geography graduate student at University of Nevada, Reno, focusing on cultural geography with interests in Lake Tahoe Studies and Reclamation Art.
Alan R. Osborn is a lecturer in geography at San Diego State University. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Oregon in 1997. His research interests include the geography of health care and the geographic interpretation of literature and language. He has served geography by evaluating high school Advanced Placement examinations for nearly a decade.
Gary Peters is professor emeritus from CSU Chico, though he spent most of his career at CSU Long Beach. His major geographic interests have been population and viticulture.
"Woody" Pitts studied at six universities before getting his B.A. in Oriental Languages (Japanese and Chinese) at the University of Michigan in 1948. His M.A. was in Far Eastern Studies, and his Ph.D was in Geography. He taught nine years at the University of Oregon, one at the University of Pittsburgh, and twentry-five at the University of Hawai'i, from which he retired in 1989. He lives in Santa Rosa, CA.
Paul Starrs teaches cultural and historical geography at the University of Nevada, in Reno, where he works on a variety of topics associated with the geography of the so-called "New West."
Stephanie Weiner earned her B.A. in English at San Diego State University, and her MLS at the University of Oregon. Early in her career she edited trade magazines in New York for ten years. She has served for nearly three...