Landscape Architecture Doctoral Student Profiles

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Current Students

Noah Kerr

PhD student in Landscape Architecture, University of Oregon
MS in Historic Preservation, University of Oregon (2014)
BA in History, Hillsdale College, MI (2008)

Noah Kerr

I am native of rural Southern Michigan and have spent significant time working in New England and North Carolina before surrendering to Oregon’s persistent allure. My research follows my interest in cultural landscape interpretation, focusing on the use of repeat photography to reveal human changes in pre-1945 landscapes of the Pacific Northwest. This line of inquiry flows from my background in historic preservation theory and field methods, as well as work with cultural resource management. My current fellowship work with the Cultural Landscape Research Group (CLRG) investigates climate change effects within significant historic landscape sites in the National Parks.

Committee: Robert Z. Melnick (Chair), Mark R. Eischeid, Rick Minor (Historic Preservation) Marsha Weisiger (History, Institutional Representative)

Herve Roland Memiaghe

PhD student in Landscape Architecture, University of Oregon
MS in Conservation Ecology, University of Stellenbosch, South Africa (2008)
Diplôme Universitaire d’Etudes Scientifique (DUES), Biology-Geology-Chemistry, Université des Sciences et Techniques de MASUKU, Franceville, Gabon (2003)
Baccalauréat série de D, Collège Bessieux, Gabon (1999)

Herve Roland Memiaghe

I was born and raised in Libreville, Makokou, and Kango in Gabon, Africa, and grew up in places surrounded by forest and where each activity such as planting, hunting, and fishing, is driven by the movement of the sun. I enjoyed this harmonious time that guides my interest in the conservation of the Congo. I have been working with that interest by understanding the dynamics of the Central African tropical forest, but excluding the benefits of development and people. To integrate these benefits and conservation interest, I am exploring the coexistence approach. In my dissertation research, I am exploring this approach by investigating landscape intervention and understanding the landscape as "spatially-heterogeneous social-ecological system" for human-elephant coexistence.

Committee: Bart Johnson (Chair), Chris Enright, Nelson Ting (Anthropology), Dennis Galvan (International Studies, Institutional Representative)

Elizabeth (Ellee) Stapleton

PhD candidate in Landscape Architecture, University of Oregon
Master of Landscape Architecture, University of Oregon (2016)
BS in Biology and Environmental Studies, Guilford College, Greensboro, North Carolina (2011)

Ellee Stapleton

An 11th-generation Appalachian, I was born and raised in the mountains of east Tennessee. Drawing on my Appalachian heritage, I am fascinated by the interactions between human and natural systems and am particularly interested in the connection between landscape spatiality and environmental justice. My approach to research is inherently transdisciplinary, bridging science and design, nature and culture, and theory and application. My research focuses on the study of urban social-ecological systems and specifically looks at the spatial variability of ecological function in urban stormwater planters in relation to socioeconomic patterns and processes. Through this work, I am interested in exploring how spatial analysis can serve a revelatory role and aid in promoting equity and sustainability in the landscape planning process.

Committee: Chris Enright (Co-Chair), Liska Chan (Co-Chair), Yekang Ko.

Thomas Fiorelli

PhD candidate in Landscape Architecture, University of Oregon
Master of Public Administration, University of Oregon (2017)
Graduate Certificate in Ecological Design, University of Oregon (2017)
BS, Planning, Public Policy and Management; Minor in Nonprofit Administration; University of Oregon (2015)

Thomas Fiorelli

I was raised in historic New England, finished high school on Florida’s Gulf Coast, and relocated in 2009 to my permanent home in the Pacific Northwest. My doctoral research focuses on the reuse of polluted brownfield sites and the role landscape architecture plays at the intersection of regional ecology, local land use, and community engagement. I am interested in how to mitigate the impacts that industrial legacies and agriculture have on natural systems and human health. Specifically, I am focused on groundwater contamination and stormwater pollution runoff. The purpose of my research is to identify methodologies for landscape restoration that can be applied across time and spatial scales to inform economic development strategies for a variety of intended future uses.

Advisors: Robert Ribe, Kory Russel


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Recent Graduates

Gwynne Mhuireach

PhD candidate in Landscape Architecture, University of Oregon
Master of Architecture, University of Oregon (2012)
BS in Biology (Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Track), University of Washington (1999)

Gwynne Mhuireach

I was raised on a small family farm in rural Klamath Falls, Oregon, where I learned the value of spending time outdoors and working hard. The purpose of my doctoral research is to investigate how airborne microbial communities vary with the amount, structural diversity, and/or species composition of green space across 50 sites in Eugene. The intent of this project is to determine whether microbes constitute a plausible mechanism through which urban vegetation may influence public health. Recent findings suggest that exposure to a high diversity of microbes during early life, for example through living in highly vegetated environments, such as farms or forests, may have specific health benefits, including immune system development and stimulation. My research is partially supported by an EPA STAR Fellowship and a Graduate Research Fellowship from SRG Partnership, Inc., in Portland.

Committee: Bart Johnson (co-Chair) and Jessica Green (co-Chair)

Hope Hui Rising

PhD in Landscape Architecture, University of Oregon (2015)
Master of Landscape Architecture, University of Michigan (2000)
Master of Urban Planning, University of Michigan (2000)
BS in Civil Engineering; Architecture and Planning (Minor), National Taiwan University, Taiwan (1996)

Hope Hui Rising

I was born in Taipei, and have lived in seven countries on four continents, and spent the last twenty years in the Midwest and both coasts of the U.S. My dissertation investigates how to introduce water into cities to engender a more coherent city image and to facilitate environmental adaptation.

Dissertation: Water Urbanism: Building More Coherent Cities

Committee: Robert Ribe (Chair), Deni Ruggeri, Amy Lobben, Elliot Berkman (Institutional Representative)

Hong Wu

PhD in Landscape Architecture, University of Oregon (2014)
MS in Landscape Architecture, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China (2007)
Bachelor of Architecture, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China (2005)

Hong Wu

I grew up in southeast China, the city of Jingdezhen, a city known as the "porcelain capital" of China, with 1700 years of history producing pottery. My broad research interest lies in ecological planning, watershed management, urban hydrology, and green infrastructure. My doctoral dissertation explores the combined effects of urbanization and climate change on stream ecosystems, and potential strategies to mitigate the impacts. In particular, I focus on the effectiveness of watershed-scale stormwater Best Management Practices, and of alternative urban development patterns, for conserving aquatic ecosystem health.

Dissertation: Protecting Stream Ecosystem Health in the Face of Rapid Urbanization and Climate Change

Committee: Bart Johnson (Chair), David Hulse, Robert Ribe, Patricia McDowell (Institutional Representative)

Homero Marconi Penteado

PhD in Landscape Architecture, University of Oregon (2014)
Master of Landscape Architecture, University of Guelph, Canada (2004)
Master of Architecture, Universidade de Sao Paulo, Brazil (2000)
Bachelor of Architecture and Urbanism, Universidade de Sao Paulo, Brazil (1995)

Homero Marconi Penteado

I grew up in Piracicaba, Brazil, a city where the beautiful but damaged Piracicaba River runs. The proximity to that river has molded my concerns as a landscape architect and researcher. My research explores a modeling approach for planning open space systems that aim to sustain biodiversity in areas facing urban expansion. I am interested in quantitative approaches to evaluate how spatial concepts based on landscape ecology theories affect wildlife populations. My investigation adopts an alternative futures study to test open space spatial concepts for patches, corridors and networks in combination with compact and dispersed urban development patterns, and an individual-based wildlife model to simulate the effects of habitat configuration on wildlife population sizes.

Dissertation: Open Space as an Armature for Urban Expansion: A Future Scenarios Study to Assess the Effects of Spatial Concepts on Wildlife Populations

Committee: David Hulse (Chair), Bart Johnson, Robert Ribe, John Bolte, Mark Gillem (Institutional Representative)

Chris Enright

PhD in Landscape Architecture, University of Oregon (2013)
Master of Landscape Architecture, University of Oregon (2006)
Bachelor of Landscape Architecture, University of Oregon (2003)
BA in Botany, University of California Santa Barbara (1984)

Willamette River

Although born elsewhere, the Pacific Northwest is my home. My dissertation, A Landscape Approach to Ecosystem Services in Oregon's Southern Willamette Valley Agricultural Landscape, proposes a landscape approach to ecosystem services in which they play a role in the intentional coevolution of social/ ecological systems. My research explores the potential for floodplain agricultural landscapes in Oregon's Willamette Valley to provide ecosystem services using an alternative futures framework in which a set of the landscape's biophysical processes are quantified using a geographic information system and aspects of sociocultural processes are explored through qualitative interviews with farmers. The biophysical and sociocultural research components are integrated into an alternative futures framework to compare the current landscape with a future landscape in which agricultural production includes ecosystem services.

Dissertation: A Landscape Approach to Ecosystem Services in Oregon's Southern Willamette Valley Agricultural Landscape

Committee: David Hulse (Chair), Bart Johnson, Thomas Oles, Stanley Gregory, Susan Hardwick (Institutional Representative)

Lanbin Ren

PhD in Landscape Architecture, University of Oregon (2012)
MS in Architecture, University of Cincinnati (2007)
Master of Architecture, South China University of Technology, Guangzhou, China (2005)
Bachelor of Architecture, Chang An University, Xi'an, China (2002)

Lanbin Ren

I was born in Harbin, China and raised in Xi’an. I now live in Eugene, Oregon with my husband and two daughters. I had approximately six years of professional experience, primarily in architectural and landscape architectural design with a dedication to social, cultural, and ecological sustainability, before I came to the University of Oregon. At UO, I primarily focused my scholarship on the integration of architecture and landscape architecture in sustainable design. For example, my doctoral dissertation: examines park-above-parking projects – ground level parks with below-grade parking garages – and illustrates the contributions of such combined space in urban sustainability.

Dissertation: Park-above-Parking Downtown: A Spatial-based Impact Investigation

Committee: Mark Gillem (Chair), Deni Ruggeri, Robert Ribe, Yizhao Yang (Institutional Representative)


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