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Dr. Chris Lee

PI, Dr. Chris Lee is a Professor in the Department of Geography and specializes in remote sensing applications in arid and semi-arid environments and has an extensive history of working with undergraduate students. Before moving to the CSULB campus at the beginning of the 2000-2001 academic year, he was a member of the Department of Earth Sciences at CSU Dominguez Hills (CSUDH). Since the department did not have a graduate program, essentially all of Dr. Lee’s teaching and research involved undergraduate students. In the mid-1990s, Dr. Lee led several undergraduate field trips to the Colorado River Delta—three in conjunction with field reconnaissance and data collection by scientists from the University of Arizona, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, and the Arizona Department of Fish and Game. A majority of the participating students went on to enroll in graduate programs at CSU Long Beach, CSU Fullerton, Northern Arizona University, and the University of Arizona. In 1996, the PI and Ms. Judith King, an undergraduate student in the Earth Sciences Department, were one of only three pairs chosen by the Honors Program for the Apprentice Scholars and Faculty Mentors Program. Ms. King worked with Dr. Lee on Colorado River Delta research. Upon graduation, Ms. King was accepted into the UCLA Geography Department’s graduate program; she was the first student from CSUDH Earth Sciences to receive such an honor. She has since graduated from UCLA and is a lecturer at CSUDH. Eleven undergraduate students held RESAC/SCWHC internships during 2002 and over 20 undergraduate student interns participated over the lifetime of the grant. In summer 2003, as part of GDEP, the SCWFC hosted three underrepresented students from Cerritos College, El Camino College, and Lakewood High School. In the summer of 2004, again through GDEP, the RESAC hosted three underrepresented students from Long Beach City College, El Camino Community College, and Lakewood High School. Dr. Lee is currently the PI of the NSF funded Geosciences Diversity Enhancement Program (GDEP-Track 2, 2007-2011, NSF #0703798) which is a follow-on to the original GDEP. The program accepts 12 high school and community college students per summer to work on research projects mentored by CSULB faculty.


Dr. Carl Lipo

Co-PI Dr. Carl Lipo is an Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology. Since 2002, Lipo has worked document the archaeological record of Easter Island and to reevaluate the prehistoric chronology of this famous island.  He also specializes in the use of remote sensing technology in the study of the archaeological record.  In addition to Easter Island, he has conducted research in the Mississippi River valley, Guatemala, Greece, southern California, New Mexico, Nevada and Pakistan.  Lipo has worked with students in professional development through the organization of student-led poster sessions at the Society for American Archaeology meetings in 2005, 2006 and 2007.  In addition, he has published with students (Ayala et al. 2005; Freckleton et al. 2005; Harper et al. 2008; Safi and Lipo 2008).



Dr. Suzanne Wechsler

Co-PI Dr. Suzanne Wechsler is an Associate Professor in the Department of Geography, Director of the Certificate in Geographic Information Science and Director of the Applied Geography Internship Program. Her research deals with the quantification of uncertainty in digital data, specifically elevation and how that uncertainty propagates to derived parameters and impacts our understanding of the linkages between terrain pattern and physical processes, particularly surface water hydrology. These ideas are incorporated into her teaching of the introductory and advanced GIS and undergraduate and graduate physical geography courses. These course offerings incorporate individual and group research projects and stress communication of research through presentations and papers. She has involved students in research projects on Easter Island, and locally in the South Coast Wilderness and on Palos Verdes Peninsula Land conservancy lands. As Director of the Internship in Applied Geography program, she advises students on career paths and assists students in their career explorations by facilitating placement in internship opportunities, assisting with resume and cover letter preparation and providing resources for learning about careers in geospatial science and related fields. Dr. Wechsler has published work with graduate students (see for example Wechsler and Pitts, 2004 and Gotz, Frates and Wechsler, forthcoming).



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