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Mark Adams

Mark Adams
Research Geographer / ORISE Fellow
Goods, Services, and Values
620 SW Main, Suite 502
Portland, OR 97205-3028
United States
Phone
503-808-2061
Current Research
I am a geographer whose research addresses the interactions among natural resource management policies, implementation, land cover change, and long term social and economic trends measured at multiple scales. I specialize in integrating demographic, political, and ecological data sets in GIS to answer complex research questions about ecological and community changes within coupled human and natural systems.  I am currently active in two main research areas: 1) USFS efforts to develop new and more robust approaches to measuring the environmental justice implications of management actions, including long-range planning, NEPA, and program implementation; 2) monitoring of social and economic change in the context of the 1994 Northwest Forest Plan and the 2016 Bureau of Land Management Western and Coastal Oregon Resource Management Plan. The environmental justice project is a partnership with the NFS Office of Ecosystem Management Coordination (EMC) and Regions 5 and 6. Social and Economic monitoring partners include: NFS Regions 5 and 6; University of Oregon; and Oregon/Washington State Office, BLM.

Adams, Mark D. O.; Charnley, Susan. 2020. The environmental justice implications of managing hazardous fuels on federal forest lands. Annals of the American Association of Geographers. 110(6): 1907-1935. https://doi.org/10.1080/24694452.2020.1727307.

Adams, Mark D. O.; Charnley, Susan. 2018. Environmental justice and U.S. Forest Service hazardous fuels reduction: A spatial method for impact assessment of federal resource management actions. Applied Geography. 90: 257-271. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apgeog.2017.12.014.

Past Research
Historical landscape ecology: I contributed multiple geospatial analyses of historic forest cover and land ownership datasets from archived (National Archives and Oregon State Archives) print map sources to co-authored research on long-term reciprocal interactions among forest governance institutions, land ownership, and forest conditions, and to a participatory historical ecology research project with the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs community.  Research focused on multi-owner large landscapes in the eastside Oregon Cascades and northern Wisconsin.  Data were drawn from the Andrews-Cowlin Survey of Oregon and Washington (ca. 1938), the Bordner Survey of Wisconsin (ca. 1930), and various forest and fire management maps drawn for the Deschutes and Fremont National Forests and BIA Warm Springs and Klamath forestry departments between ca. 1910 and the 1960s. 

Steen-Adams, Michelle M.; Charnley, Susan; McLain, Rebecca J.; Adams, Mark D. O.; Wendel, Kendra L. 2019. Traditional knowledge of fire use by the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs in the eastside Cascades of Oregon. Forest Ecology and Management. 450: 117405-. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.foreco.2019.06.002.

Steen-Adams, Michelle M.; Charnley, Susan; Adams, Mark D. O.  2017. Historical perspective on the influence of wildfire policy, law, and informal institutions on management and forest resilience in a multiownership, frequent-fire, coupled human and natural system in Oregon, USA. Ecology and Society. 22(3) https://doi.org/10.5751/ES-09399-220323.

Steen-Adams, Michelle M., Langston, Nancy, Adams, Mark D. O. Mladenoff, David J. 2015. A historical framework to characterize long-term CHANS feedbacks: Application to a multiple-ownership landscape in the northern Great Lakes region, USA. Ecology and Society 20(1): 28. http://dx.doi.org/10.5751/ES-06930-200128.

Land use policy and land cover change: This body of work analyzes locally specific variation in rate, nature and extent of land cover transitions over a 15 to 40 year period to assess the impact of implementing coastal zoning (Gulf of Maine) or a statewide growth management framework (Portland, OR metropolitan area) in the context of significant policy or implementation variation among political jurisdictions in the study area. To create the principal data for the coastal zoning work, I performed and supervised students in manually orthorectifying and interpreting historic aerial photo imagery from the 1960s to 1980s.

Morgan, P., and M.D.O. Adams. 2018. Tidal marshes in the Saco River estuary, Maine: a study of plant diversity and possible effects of shoreline development. Rhodora 119 (980): 304-331. https://doi.org/10.3119/16-19.

Environmental history of land use planning: With competitive support from the Lincoln Institute for Land Policy I researched a multi-disciplinary case study pairing environmental history of citizen attitudes about open space and land use regulation with spatial analysis of demographic change patterns, showing how a major shift between about 1977 and 1990 in prevailing attitudes towards limiting urban sprawl were both associated with and reinforced a major demographic transition in the community that was unique within a broader metropolitan context.
Research Interest
Geospatial analysis; environmental justice; demographic change; economic geography; socioeconomic monitoring; land use planning; resource management; land use / land cover change; coupled human-natural systems
Education
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison, Ph.D., Geography,
  • Rice University, B.Arch, Architecture,
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison, M.S., Land Resources,
Professional Experience
  • Adjunct Professor of Forestry and Wildland Resources,  Humboldt State University, Arcata, CA,  2020 - Current
  • Geospatial analyst,  Self-employed,  2011 - 2016
  • Adjunct Professor of Environmental Studies,  University of New England, Biddeford, ME,  2007 - 2011
  • Adjunct Professor of Geography,  University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH,  2005 - 2005
  • Lecturer, Geography,  University of Wisconsin-Madison,  2001 - 2003
Professional Organizations
  • Research Fellow,  Lincoln Institute of Land Policy,  Current
Other Publications
Citations of Non-Forest Service Publications
  • Santo, A., M. Coughlan, H. Huber-Stearns, M.D.O. Adams and G. Kohler. 2021. Changes in relationships between the US Forest Service and rural communities in the Northwest Forest Plan area amid declines in agency staffing. Journal of Forestry (2021): 1–14. https://doi.org/10.1093/jofore/fvab003.
  • Steen-Adams, M.M., N.E. Langston, M.D.O. Adams, and D.J. Mladenoff. 2015. A historical framework to characterize long-term CHANS feedbacks: Application to a multiple-ownership landscape in the northern Great Lakes region, USA. Ecology and Society 20(1): 28. http://dx.doi.org/10.5751/ES-06930-200128.
  • Morgan, P., and M.D.O. Adams. 2018. Tidal marshes in the Saco River estuary, Maine: a study of plant diversity and possible effects of shoreline development. Rhodora 119 (980): 304-331. https://doi.org/10.3119/16-19.
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