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Association of Pacific Coast Geographers (APGC) Annual Meeting

Meeting theme: Geography of Things

The Department of Geography at the University of Nevada, Reno, is pleased to host the 81st Annual Meeting of the Association of Pacific Coast Geographers, October 24-27, 2018. Located at the base of the Sierra Nevada's eastern slopes, the Reno area abounds in recreational opportunities. Lake Tahoe, a short 45 minute drive to the west, provides world renowned scenic beauty. Virginia City, 30 minutes to the east, takes visitors back to the old west and presents a look at a historic mining city. Beyond the casinos, The Biggest Little City of Reno offers visitors the best of a small but thriving city - the art district, off-broadway shows, the river walk and abundant restaurants representing a variety of chefs.

APCG 2018 annual conference is open to anyone interested in a scholarly forum where collegiality and friendship abound. Join us this year to explore the "Geography of Things". Our featured Wednesday night Keynote Speaker will focus on how location plays a large part in understanding the world around us. Department faculty members have planned five field trips for Thursday to help you explore the greater Reno area. Thursday evening's annual social event is at the Mackay Mines Museum located on the University of Nevada Campus.

Formal paper sessions will be held on Friday the 26th and Saturday the 27th. We encourage your participation and remind everyone that the APCG conference is a friendly venue for presentations lead by graduate and undergraduate students. There will be 9 student awards at this year's meeting, with cash awards for undegraduates through graduate students. More information on student awards is available here. The Saturday night Awards Banquet and Presidential Address will be held on campus at the conference venue. Other chances to network and socialize include the Conference Barbeque on Friday night, Women's Network Luncheon on Saturday, and Graduate Student Networking Luncheon. We encourage guests to stay in one of the many hotels within walking distance of campus. Accommodations include casino and non-casino hotels in the area with restaurants and other activities located throughout downtown.

Scott Bassett and Jill Heaton (Conference Coordinators)

APCG Conference Information

 Registration for APCG 2018 is now open. You will be redirected to the APCG registration link at WildApricot.org. Early registration ends Sept 4, 2018,  and late registration begins Oct 6, 2018

Register Now - NON APCG MEMBERS       Register Now - APCG MEMBERS

Registration prices are:

  • Regular APCG Member - Early $110, Regular $125.00, Late $145Student APCG Member - Early $40, Late $50.00
  • Student APCG Member - Early $40.00, Regular $50, Late $55

Day passes are also available!

  • Day Pass, Friday - $60.0 - For Friday, October 26, only.
  • Day Pass, Saturday - $60.00 - For Saturday, October 27, only.

The Conference Barbeque will be priced at 
$20 for Members and $15 for Students

The Awards Banquet will be $40 for Members, and $20 Students.

Field trip prices will be posted at a later date.

Whitney Peak Hotel

Whitney Peak Hotel is Reno's only non-smoking, non-gaming, independent hotel. The hotel is adjacent to the famous Reno Arch and Two blocks from the Truckee River Walk. Whitney Peak Hotel features 310 guest rooms, a climbing gym, restaurant, and live music venue.

Conference attendees will receive 20% off any room type using code APCGUNR.

Use the following link to view and book a room at the discounted rate:

Association of Pacific Coast Geographers Booking Link - Whitney Peak Hotel

Price Range:$119 - 280
Address: 255 N Virginia St, Reno, NV 89501
Phone: (775)398-5400
Website: www.whitneypeakhotel.com

Silver Legacy Resort Casino

With over 1700 renovated rooms, the silver legacy offers sleek, business friendly amenities. There are 5 unique, award winning restaurants onsite and its central location makes it easy to explore everything Reno has to offer.

Room Rates: $74 - 185
Address: 411 N Sierra St, Reno, NV 89503
Phone: (775)329-4777
Website: www.silverlegacyreno.com

El Dorado Resort Casino

The El Dorado Resort Casino has something for everyone. Accomodations range from well appointed budget friendly rooms to luxurious spa suites. There are 9 restaurants and a brewery onsite to accompany one of the larger casino gaming floors coming in at 81,000 square feet.

Room Rates: $60 - 167
Address: 345 N Virginia St, Reno, NV 89501
Phone: (775) 786-5700
Website: www.eldoradoreno.com

Circus Circus

Circus Circus is unique in that it appeals to both adults and children. Along with a standard casino gaming floor with dining and drinks, there is an arcade for kids to play various age-appropriate games for prizes. There are also free daily circus acts to entertain the whole family.

Room Rates: $64 - 156
Address: 500 N Sierra St, Reno, NV 89503
Phone: (775)329-0711
Website: www.circusreno.com

Wednesday, 24 October

18:00-19:00     Keynote Address: Jack Hursh, Discover Nevada-Whimsical Names and Uplifting Places (DMS Redfield Auditorium)
19:00-20:30     After Keynote Social (Cash Bar)

Thursday, 25 October

08:00-16:00     Truckee River Field Trip

9:30 - 12:00     Tour of Mynt Cannabis Grow Facility

10:00-12:00     Geographies of Downtown Reno Field Trip

13:00-16:00     Emerging Transportation Technologies Field Trip

18:00-19:00     Keynote Address: Peter Goin, Burning Man (Student Union Ballroom A)

19:00-20:30     After Keynote Social (Cash Bar)

Friday, 26 October

08:00-08:30     Conference Opening (AAG President)

08:30-10:00     Concurrent Sessions

10:00-10:10     Break

10:10-11:50     Concurrent Sessions

10:10-11:50     Executive Council Meeting

11:50-13:00     Lunch - On Y our Own

11:50-13:00     Women's Luncheon

13:00-14:30     Concurrent Sessions

13:00-14:30     Poster Session 1

14:30-14:40     Break

14:40-16:20     Concurrent Sessions

16:30-17:45     Geography Bowl

18:30-20:30     BBQ-Craft Wine and Beer (http://www.craftreno.net)

Saturday, 27 October

08:00-09:30     Concurrent Sessions

09:30-09:40     Break

09:40-11:10     Concurrent Sessions

11:10-12:10     Terry Simmons Seminar

11:10-12:10     Future APCG conference timing

12:10-13:30     Lunch - On Y our Own

12:10-13:30     Graduate Student Luncheon

13:30-15:10     Concurrent Sessions

13:30-15:10     Poster Session 2

15:10-15:20     Break

15:20-16:50     Concurrent Sessions

17:30-18:30     Prebanquet Social (Cash Bar)

18:30-20:30     Banquet/President Address

A listing of abstracts for APCG paper presentations is available here.

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8:30-10:00 am
Applications in Dendrochronology

Grant Harley, University of Idaho and Justin T. Maxwell, Indiana University

Current declines of Pecos River (New Mexico) streamflow in a 700-year context

Lauren Stachowiak Eastern Washington University

Temporal Stability in Precipitation Response of Ponderosa pine (Pinus ponderosa) in Eastern Washington

Aleksandra Craine, Moorpark College and James, J. Hayes, Riverside City College

Valley Oak Tree-ring Growth Reflects Increasing Variability in Southern California Precipitation

Adam Csank* University of Nevada, Reno

Linking tree-ring based reconstructions of streamflow in the Truckee-Tahoe Basin to watershed histories and western development

Food and Housing Security

Aliona Galkina San Diego State University

Integrating Community Garden Produce into Local Economies of a Low-Income Urban Neighborhood in San Diego

Anudeep Dewan University of Oregon

For the Love of Tea: An Analysis of the Brand of Darjeeling Tea

Leann Silvia University of Nevada, Reno

An examination of student housing instability on college campuses in Reno, NV

James Keese* Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

LPG Cookstove Use and Fuel Subsidies in the Cuzco Region of Peru

Urban Transportation

Perry Schaffner University of Nevada

Tesla Gigafactory 1 Shuttle: A study on the social externalities of public transit

Eric Nielsen and Scott Kelley, University of Nevada, Reno

Smart City Projects and On-Demand Mobility: a Comparison of Neighborhood Characteristics and Proposed Locations for Emerging Transportation Technologies and Services

Samuel Nowak University of California, Los Angeles

The Politics of Platform Mobility in Jakarta, Indonesia

Lorne Platt* Cal Poly Pomona

Urban Rhythms: Understanding Barriers and Opportunities for Skateboards and Scooters

10:10-11:50 am

Education I

Michael Strong Glendale Community College

Using Google's MyMaps to Encourage Student Interaction with and Understanding of Urban Landscapes

John Harner University of Colorado Colorado Springs

Telling the Story of Colorado Springs to the Public

Aubrey Rose College of Alameda

Keeping it Real Local in Cyberspace: Teaching "Where" on the Web

Carol F. Sawyer & Frances C. Mujica University of Southern Alabama

Interactive lectures: The good and the bad

William Selby Santa Monica College

Tracking Physical and Human Geography Research Projects in California

Political Geographies

Katie Worral & Brandon /Robbins University of Nevada, Reno

Small Arms and Security in Bahrain: From Supranational to the Body

Sanan Moradi, University of Oregon

Making the Kurdish Territorial Imagination in Iranian and Turkish Kurdistan

Dustin Y. Tsai, University of California Davis

Playing the Victim: How Post-War Nationalists Utilize Victimhood Narratives in Bosnia, Serbia, and Croatia

Ronnie Thibault,* University of Washington

U.S. Nationalism and the Threat of 'Improper Development': The Cultural Politics of Disability & Global Development

Resource Extraction - Critical

Elvin Delgado Central Washington University

Fracking in Northern Patagonia: Assessing the Uneven Impacts of Argentina's Push for Hydrocarbon Sovereignty

Kevin McHugh Arizona State University

Heat--Becoming-Inhuman, Becoming-Imperceptible

Lily House-Peters, California State University Long Beach & Katherine Sammler, California State University Maritime

As Above, So Below (part 1): New Robotic Regimes of Resource Extraction

Katherine Sammler* California State University Maritime and Lily House-Peters, California State University Long Beach.

As Above, So Below (Part 2): Frontier Robots

Spatializing Identities

Neil Conner, California State University, Fresno

Sports and the social integration of migrants in Dublin, Ireland

Jesus A. Alfaro Contreras, California State University, Los Angeles

LA & Olympic Los Angeles: A Look Back at '84

Catherine Garoupa White

Reframing Clean Air as a Public Health Problem and Environmental Injustice in California's San Joaquin Valley: A Coalition Based Approach

Jeff Auer, University of Nevada, Reno

Geographic Inclusion/Exclusion in the National Reno Gay Rodeo

Ian Dunham*, San Francisco State University

Financial exclusion and the dual financial service system: Neighborhood level predictors of banking deserts

1:00-2:30 pm

Panel Discussion Preparing Geographers for Career Opportunities

Katia Albright University of Nevada, Reno

Donald P. Harper, Bureau of Land Management

Alexandra Wheatley, Grafting Innovative Solutions Consulting LLC

Catherine E. Magee, Director, Nevada Historical Society

Political Ecologies I

Stuart C, Aitken, San, Diego State University with Li an and Shuang Yang

Affective Ecologies, Development and Marginalized Families in Fanjingshan, China

Matthew Fuller, University of Victoria

Settler/Indigenous Alliances Combating Fossil Fuels: A Case Study of the Shell No! Movement in the Pacific Northwest

Clare Beer, University of California, Los Angeles

More Profitable Than Copper": The New Politics of Conservation in Chile

Sara Salazar Hughes* University of Southern California

"Greenwashing" the Occupation: Sustainability and Environmental Racism in Israel/Palestine

Past Climates & Vegetation

Elizabeth Ridder, California State University San Marcos

Holocene climate reconstructions from modern vegetation

Theodore Dingemanns University of Nevada, Reno

Impacts of history, climate, and geography on patterns of environmental change over 3000 years in central Italy

Hannah M Osborn, University of Nevada, Reno

Discovering Climate Sensitivities for Umbrella Pine in Duna Feniglia Italy Climate & Italian Pines

Megan K. Walsh*, Central Washington University

Climatic and Human Influences on the Post-Glacial Fire History of the Eastern Washington Cascades: A Preliminary Regional Assessment

Ecological Perception

Betty Elaine Smith Eastern Illinois University

Political Will and Geographic Rationale to Build Ponderosa Firebreak and Truck Trail in the Sierra Nevada Mountains of California

Katie Guetz, Northern Arizona University

A Regional Comparison of Conservation Policy: Assessing People's Perceptions of Wild and Scenic Rivers

Sean Pries University of California, Davis

The North Fork Speaks

Ray Sumner* University of Melbourne

Encounters with Confluences

Poster Session

Emma Davis University of Nevada, Reno

Anaconda Copper Mine Contamination Shows Demonstration of Potential Contamination at Pumpkin Hollow

Meagan Wheatley University of Nevada, Reno

Effects of Plastic Pollution and the Environment of Thailand

Kebrina Rosino, Zachary Ormsby, Ken Nussear, and Scott Bassett, University of Nevada Reno

(UAS) Unmanned Aerial Systems Applications for Monitoring Topography of Arid Region Streambanks and Riparian Habitats

Aaron Ternau University of Nevada, Reno

Emery Schreckengost University of Nevada, Reno

Alkali Bees and Alfalfa: The perfect combo for Nevada

Jacob Nelson University of Nevada, Reno

Energy Generation and Transmission by Photovoltaic Systems

Patrick Silbey University of Nevada, Reno

Using Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) in Habitat Studies

Alex E. Hacker University of Nevada, Reno

Bikes around Campus: University Bicycle Accessibility at a Glance

Luisa Skouson University of Nevada, Reno

James H. Major, Northern Arizona University

Identifying Resilient Eligible River Segments for Wild and Scenic Designation in Underrepresented Ecoregions Using Spatial Analysis

Christina DeCorse, California State University Long Beach

Macedonian Identity: diasporic communities and identity development

Thomas Sanchez University of Nevada, Reno

Spatial Trends in the Bitterness of Beers Brewed in the Contiguous United States

Kyle Baumann

Stream restoration impact on riparian vegetation: Using Landsat Imagery to analyze long-term changes in willow coverage

David Russell & Steven Radil University of Idaho

Exploring the spatiotemporal dynamics of insurgency in the Sinai"

Taren Hayward, California State University, Northridge

Fire in the Mountains: Challenges to Tourism in Waterton, Alberta

Scott Lopez, California State University Los Angeles

Tourism and its Involvement in Urban Renewal: The Case of Bishop, CA

Thyda Uy California State University, Long Beach

Visualizing Disparities of Green Space Access in Long Beach, CA Fiona De Los Rios

Vincent Salazar, San Jose State University

Stay Away From MLK: A Spatial Analysis of Police Blotter Incidents on the SJSU Campus

Monica Ford, California State University Maritime Academy

Vessel implementation of New California Biofouling Regulations

2:40-4:20 pm

Science, Climate, Politics

Lourdes Ginart, University of Oregon

Scientific Diplomacy as an Interdisciplinary Logic: A Case Study of the Inter-American Institute for Global Change Research

Kate Shields University of Oregon.

The ‘imaginary line' crossed me: changing understandings of science in Trump's first year

Kris Bezdecny, California State University Los Angeles

Cities as climate saviors? The role of cities in enacting the Paris Climate Agreement

John Harrington, Jr., Independent Scholar and Lisa M.B. Harrington, Kansas State University

Essential Climate Constructs and Ideas About Seasons

Dydia DeLyser* California State University, Fullerton

Lunar Craters as Earthly Commemorations

Imagery and Place

Katherine Heslop University of Nevada, Reno

Selling Technocracy: New Deal visual imagery promotes hydroelectric power to define a modern Pacific Northwest

Daniel D. Arreola, Arizona State University and University of New Mexico

Mujeres Olvidadas Fronterizas: Female-Authored Landscapes in Mexican Border Towns

William Wyckoff Montana State University

Rephotographing Arizona: Riding Shotgun with Norman Wallace

Matthew Fockler, Augustana College

Two-Mississippi: An Analysis of Social-ecological Change on the Upper Mississippi River Since the 9-Foot Channel Project using Repeat Photography and Historical GIS.

Jason Combs*, University of Nebraska - Kearney

Pioneer Life on Glass: The Balcom-Green Collection

Ecosystem Responses to Climate Change

Gregory Weisberg University of Nevada, Reno

Environmental Change and Anthropological Response at Monitor Valley, Nevada

German Silva, California State University, Stanislaus

Effect of California's Drought on Pickleweed Health in Salinas River National Wildlife Refuge: A Remote Sensing Approach

Scott H. Markwith, and Asha Paudel, Florida Atlantic University; Michelle Coppoletta, US Forest Service, et al.

The effects of successive large mixed-severity wildfires on vegetation and fuels in the Sierra Nevada, CA

Paul Laris, Chelsea Seymour, and Christine M. Rodrigue. California State University, Long Beach

Grasses versus forbs: What a long term, repeat study can tell us about California's native prairie landscapes

Li Huang and Felix Haifeng Liao, University of Idaho; Kathleen A. Lohse, Idaho State University, et al.

Land conservation can mitigate freshwater ecosystem services degradation due to climate change in a semiarid agricultural catchment: the case of the Portneuf River catchment, Idaho, USA

Up and Coming Scholars

Emily Olsen University of Nevada, Reno

The effects of low precipitation on almond prices and supply in the Central (San Joaquin) Valley, 2000 to 2016

Jennifer Lange University of Nevada, Reno

The Everyday Bombardment of Earth: A Look at Understanding the When, What, Where, and How Bad of Asteroids Impacting the Earth

Lidia Mezei University of Nevada, Reno

Translation of Mathematical Documents from French to English

Nicholas Priddy* California State University, Northridge

California's Future is Dammed: A Tour of California's Extensive Dam System Explains Why.

SATURDAY 8:00-9:30

Education II: Geographic Education and Identity

Evan White Temple and Christina T. Uh, University of Idaho

TEK and Tech: Building a Culturally Responsive Curriculum for Nimiipuu (Nez Perce) High School and Middle School Students

Alexander Murphy University of Oregon

Why Championing Geography's Liberal Education Mission Matters

Brian Pompeii, Christopher Newport University, and Dawn Neill, Rebekah Oultan, Gregg Fiegel, et al., California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

Identifying and Overcoming Barriers to Teaching Sustainability across the Curriculum

John Menary* California State University, Dominguez Hills

Educational Policy's Impact on Geographic Education Reform: Unmasking Lore's Placement

Habitat Change

Christopher Notto California State University, Northridge

Examining the physical habitat of coastal Rainbow Trout downstream of Big Tujunga Dam, California

Jonathan DeBoer University of Nevada, Reno

A Spatial Approach for Understanding Girdled Lizards in Namibia

Michael Beland California State University, Los Angeles, Dar Roberts, University of California, Santa Barbara; Seth Peterson, University of California, Santa Barbara, et al.

Mapping changing distributions of dominant species in oil-contaminated salt marshes of Louisiana using imaging spectroscopy

Kenneth Nussear* University of Nevada, Reno

Toward an understanding of habitat quality for desert tortoises, do predictions of suitable habitat translate to better habitat for desert tortoises?

Rethinking the City

Yanjie Luo Keio University, Japan

Price determinants of neighborhood characteristics in the sharing economy: Evidence from California

Ahmed Jihad Ministry of Education, Fallujah, Iraq

The Dynamics of Sustainable Urban Development in the Organization of Cities

Benjamin Marcovitz California State University, Northridge

City Slickers: Narratives of Urban Corruption and Rural Righteousness

Kerry Rohrmeier California State University, East Bay

The Burning Man Influence from Black Rock to Bay

Jonathan Bratt* Arizona State University

Socioaesthetics and Urban Public Life in Tianjin, China

SATURDAY 9:40-11:10

Political Ecologies II: Indigenous Resource Management

Katie Wade California State University, Long Beach

The traditional ecological knowledge of indigenous women in Yosemite Valley

Teresa Cavazos Cohn University of Idaho; Kate Berry, University of Nevada, Reno; Kyle Powys Whyte, Michigan State University; Emma Norman, Northwest Indian College

Spatio-temporality and tribal water quality governance in the United States

Barbara Quimby San Diego State University; University of California, Santa Barbara

A geographic history of Samoan coastal resource management

Christine Castagna* California State University, Sacramento

On Māori Land: Selected Māori Perspectives on Industrial Forestry in Aotearoa/New Zealand

Water Resource Management

Samantha Redman, Kerri Jean Ormerod, and Scott Kelley, University of Nevada, Reno

Residential Location, Perceptions of Place, and Public Willingness to Drink Recycled Water in Northern Nevada

Katherine Georges California State University, Long Beach

Just a little rain: The effects of lifting water restrictions on local water purveyors' conservation policies

Birendra Rana University of Nevada, Reno

Framing of Hydropower Benefit Sharing Mechanism - A Critical Review

Shiloh Dietz* and Katie Meehan, University of Oregon

Plumbing poverty: mapping hot spots of racial and geographic inequality inUS household waterinsecurity

Finding the Birds

Zachary Ormsby Nevada Division of State Parks, Scott Bassett and Ken Nussear, University of Nevada Reno, et al.

Urban avoidance by Golden Eagles in the Great Basin

Justin White, Utah Valley University, Jessi L. Brown, University of Nevada Reno, Zachary Ormsby, Nevada Division of State Parks, and Scott Bassett, University of Nevada, Reno

Parental behavior and nestling diet of Red-tailed Hawks relative to urban density level and landcover type

Lauren Phillips University of Nevada, Reno

¿Dónde volará el zanate? Species distribution modeling for the Nicaraguan Grackle (Quiscalus nicaraguensis)

Christine M. Rodrigue* California State University, Long Beach

If You Blow off the Field Trip, You're Going to Be Watching a Lot of Pigeons!

The Power of Western Media on People and Places

Engrid Barnett

Outlandish!: The Resurrection of the Gaelic Language in Scotland

Jessica Johnson, J Chapman University

"Clearly You've Never Been to Singapore:" Examining Diversity in Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean

Alison Hotten University of Nevada, Reno

Vulgar Ostentation: A History of Jewish Exclusion in the American Resort Industry

Christine Johnson* University of Nevada, Reno

The Geography of Cook: The Impact of a Man on the Globe

SATURDAY 11:10-12:10

Panel Discussion

Terry Simmons Center for Global Policy Studies

Assimilation or war? Migration, commerce, immigration, border open or clos

SATURDAY 1:30-3:10


Hayden Wilkes and Michael Pretes, University of North Alabama

Social Media, Agenda Setting Theory, and the Geography of Tourism: "Breaking Bad" in Albuquerque, New Mexico

Jesse Tenenbaum San Diego State University

A Paradox on Easter Island: Tourism as a Driver of Both Rapanuization and Chilenization

Klaus Meyer-Arendt University of West Florida

Tecolutla: Mexico's Gulf Coast Acapulco?

John Crowell and Michael Pretes, University of North Alabama

Youth Visitor Dynamics in Four Pacific Coast National Parks

Russell Graves* Snow College

Stateline Cities: the Economic, Political, and Cultural Dimensions of Border Communities in Nevada, Utah, and Arizona

Population Geographies

Richard Lycan Institute on Aging, Portland State University, Oregon


Paul Burger University of Nebraska-Kearney

If You Build It Will They Come? Using GIScience to Estimate Retirement Community Demand and Evaluate Potential Locations in Salt Lake City, Utah

Kati Perry University of Oregon

Voter migration & electoral trends in North Carolina

Katherine Richardson San Jose State University

Knowledge Borders: Temporary Labor Mobility in the Canada-US Border Region

Monica Calef* Soka University of America

Fire and Population Expansion in Orange County


Amalie Orme and Marcella A. Rose, California State University, Northridge

Stream channel adjustments on a tectonically active landscape: McGee Creek, eastern California

Danielle D'Alfonso California State University, Northridge

Investigation of the depositional environment of clustered boulders, Nojoqui Valley, Santa Barbara County, California

Marcella Rose California State University, Northridge

Fine-scale delineation of coppice dune fields and potential for topographic change on the Black Rock Playa, NV

Eiko Kitao California State University, Northridge

Determining the Relative Age and Correlation of Emergent Marine Terraces, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Santa Barbara County, California

Luis Devera* California State University, Northridge

Carpinteria Salt Marsh: Post-Fire Analysis on Debris Flow Migration and Water Quality Assessment on polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons

Poster Session

Lisa Marshall, University of Nevada, Reno

Impacts of El Nino and La Nina Events on Eastern PacificTropical Cyclones

Jamie Sequerra California State University, Northridge

High elevation migration of Limber Pine and Bristlecone Pine under a warming climate regime:White Mountains, California

Ally Xiong University of Nevada, Reno

Seaside Sparrow (Ammodramus maritimus) Habitat Modeling

Corey Mitchell University of Nevada, Reno

Desert tortoises: frequent violators or minimal offenders?

Cedar Briem University of Nevada, Reno

Staley Spring Sediment Core Analysis

Victoria Harris University of Nevada, Reno

How Bird Counts Performed by Citizen Scientists Are Contributing to Geographic Research in the Western United States

Mallory Goodrick University of Nevada, Reno

A Timeline of Irrigation Usage during the Past 100 Years in Churchill County, Nevada

Jonathan Bol University of Nevada, Reno

How has human involvement affected the rate at which CWD spreads through Cervid populations?

Emily Schafer University of Nevada, Reno

Assistance-based housing programs and homelessness: a comparison of key US cities

Christopher Bargman University of Nevada, Reno

The long tail of the English language: Emergence of newly coined words through time and space"

Mony Sea California State University, Northridge

Assessing river bathymetry utilizing spatial interpolation techniques: Case Study of McGee Creek, Inyo County"

Skyla Alcon California State University, Northridge

Exploration of the mentor in the mentor-mentee relationship within a Youth Environmental Justice Mentorship Program: A qualitative study

Eiko Kitao California State University, Northridge

Determining the Relative Age and Correlation of Emergent Marine Terraces, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Santa Barbara County, California

Sophia Reyes California State University, Northridge

Air Pollution's Impact in the Development of Alzheimer's Disease in California

Anjana Parandaham, Doug P. Boyle, and Scott D. Bassett University of Nevada, Reno, et al.

Core samples, distribution, & genetic diversity: what are the effects of Sampling bias on our understanding of a widespread species?

Ashlee Sellung and Edward Jackiewicz, California State University, Northridge

Do Perceptions Matter? A Survey of Tourists and Locals in Tamarindo, Costa Rica

Nyssa Rayne University of Nevada, Reno

Who Do Broadcast Meteorologists Think They Are?

Steven Hromada, Kirsten Dutcher, and Jill S. Heaton, University of Nevada, Reno, et al.

GPS telemetry data creates perfect knowledge of movement and space use: the fallacy of automation, the reality of compounding errors, and solutions to redeem advanced tracking technologies

Jim Craine and David Deis California State University, Northridge

Gary Numan: Career Appearances in North America

Yolonda Youngs Idaho State University

Threading the Needle: Tracing River Rafting Culture and History in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming

SATURDAY 3:20-4:50


Dean Olson University of Oregon

Spatial trends of violent conflict and environmental productivity in Nigeria's Middle Belt region

Rosangela Carreon University of Nevada, Reno

Estimating Evapotranspiration in Nicaragua for Drought Monitoring and Water Budget Analysis

Zhe Wang, Chao Fan

Land cover impacts on urban warming: A longitudinal study in a desert city using geographically weighted regression

Jason Ward* University of California, Los Angeles

The circumpolar influence of large-scale atmospheric circulations on Antarctic coastal polynyas

Rethinking Place and Nature

Michael Pesses Antelope Valley College

Rethinking place, rethinking nature: Reproducing nature by driving over it in a Jeep

Jennifer K. Lipton and David Cordner, , Central Washington University

Value-laden lands: Participatory mapping of recreation use on public forested lands in Eastern Washington

Benjamin F. Timms, Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo and James Hayes, Riverside Community College

Comparing and Contrasting Stakeholder Valuations on Central California Oak Landscapes

E. Jamie Trammell* Southern Oregon University and Alaska Center for Conservation Science

Taking a socio-ecological systems approach to defining ecological integrity: How intact is Alaska? Landscape Reconsiderations

Terry Simmons Center for Global Policy Studies

Tearing Names off University Walls for Ideological Purposes

Jeffrey Schaffer

Will Geomorphology Finally Become a Legitimate Science?

Clark Akatiff

'You are where you're at': The March on the Pentagon Reconsidered

Alvin Urquhart* University of Oregon.

Stripping the Urban Landscape Redux: 40 Years of Change

Emerging Transportation Technologies and Services in Reno

This half-day field trip will introduce participants to some of the emerging transportation technologies and services currently being developed in the greater Reno area. On this tour, we will first visit an on-campus research facility that is actively working on developing connected and automated vehicles for use in our community. This will include interactions with and demonstrations of vehicles, sensors, and instrumentation. We will then visit some locations around campus and downtown Reno where emerging transportation technologies and services are being integrated into the community, or actively being considered, such as dockless bike sharing and a bus rapid transit system. Throughout, we'll talk about how these are changing the ways people move around our growing community and the wide range of implications inherent in these transitions.

Cost: Free

Duration: 3 hours

Capacity: 25 Participants

The Truckee River - from Reno to Pyramid Lake

The Truckee River links Lake Tahoe with Pyramid Lake, providing water to the Reno/Sparks metropolitan area, the Pyramid Lake Paiute Reservation, and farmers while also creating critical habitat for endangered fish such as the Pyramid Lake Cutthroat Trout and Cui-ui. This field trip will explore both modern issues of water management as well as the paleoecology of this dynamic system, which during the ice ages held pluvial Lake Lahontan. The field trip will begin in Reno and follow the Truckee River downstream to Pyramid Lake. The following stops are anticipated: McCarran Ranch Preserve, a section of the river recently restored by the Nature Conservancy; Derby Dam, site of water diversions for the first reclamation project under the National Reclamation Act of 1902 - the Newlands Project, which supports farms in Fallon; Marble Bluff overlook, where we get an overview of Pyramid Lake and remnant evidence of Lake Lahontan; Winnemucca Dry Lake, a dry basin created following the Derby Dam diversion, and, (pending permission), the Winnemucca petroglyphs which are the oldest known petroglyphs in North America, dating to between 11.1 and 14.8 ka; and Indian Head Rock, a site with well-preserved tufa towers, remnant features from pluvial Lake Lahontan. This field trip will be led by professors Kate Berry and Scott Mensing of the UNR Department of Geography.

Cost: $30 including box lunch

Duration: 6 hours

Capacity: 27 Participants

Geographies of Downtown Reno

Central Reno has been a site of ongoing transformation since the city's founding in 1868. Driven by a desire to rehabilitate the city's image, some have heralded Reno's scenic riverfront as its "new downtown," hoping to shift attention away from its problematic casino core, just blocks away. Led by award-winning historian and author Alicia Barber, this lively two-hour walking tour will traverse these interlocking geographies of downtown Reno, tracing its development from a modest railroad junction to a gambling, divorce, and tourist mecca to a rapidly diversifying urban landscape ripe for revitalization.

Cost: $10

Duration: 1.5 hours

Capacity: 30 participants

Tour of Mynt Cannabis Grow Facility

Nevada was the fifth state in the United States to legalize recreational cannabis and experienced the fastest implementation of legal adult sales to date, starting just seven months after voters approved the measure. This was largely due to Nevada's exemplary operation of its medical cannabis system which provided a proven framework for operationalizing recreational cannabis. This two hour field trip will provide an inside look at the Nevada cannabis industry through a tour of the Mynt Cannabis grow facility located in Sparks. Explore the phenological differences between cannabis strains originating from varied geographies and observe several key steps in this tightly regulated industry that tracks each plant from seed to sale. The tour will provide a view into how cannabis is grown, processed, packaged, and distributed in Nevada.

Cost: Free

Time and Duration: 2 Hours

Capacity: 10 participants