The End of Ireland

The poster presentation is about to take place, bringing an end to the ENVS final project.  My groups poster has been printed, Our bibliography has been created and annotated, each page on the DS site for our project has been updated, we changed the title of our project, and our projects record has been updated…

Goodbye Yeats

In the past week, my lab group has started wrapping up and refining our project.  We’ve been putting our methods and results into the designated project pages on my site, describing the broader context of our research, and reworking the framing and focus questions.  We also decided Yesterday to drop W.B. Yeats from our qualitative…

Settling into a Jungle of Data on Trees.

It took our ENVS 220 lab group – Georgia Reid, Marissa Weileder and I – a little while to figure out where we wanted to focus.  Did we want to look at Ireland?  Did we want to look at Scotland?  What specific region of one of those countries?  We still have not decided.  It took…

Outlining our Project Goals

Current research Questions: What are discourses and perceptions in Irish pros and folklore, specifically Yeats Poetry, about Woodlands in Ireland? What are common native trees and shrubs in Ireland? What is the historical trend of Forestry in Ireland? How have the discourses and perceptions mentioned above influenced Irish forestry practices? Methods: Narrative analysis, specifically of…

When the Ground Shakes: ENVS Senior Perspectives on the Cascadia Earthquake

This was collaboratively written by Sofia Linden, Marissa Weileder and Georgia Reid. We interviewed Environmental Studies seniors about their perspectives on the (anticipated) Cascadia Earthquake in order to practice niterview methods and qualitative analysis. Subject: Earthquakes and Approaches/Perspectives in Environmental Problems Question(s): How do we prepare for and  respond to the Cascadia earthquake? How do…

The utilization of empathy in a narrative

Wangari Maathai’s was the first African women to receive the noble peace prize.  Also for the first time, the peace prize was given to someone who had committed their life to environmental work, planting trees all over the world. This award, given in 2004, resulted in controversy.  Critics could not see the relationship between peace…

Using GIS to Interpret Environmental Justice Data in Portland

By Sofia Linden, Georgia Reid and Marissa Weileder Introduction Due to myriad research methods in studies, environmental justice is a murky area to study.  Researchers can test siting hypothesis – if minorities/ people of lower socioeconomic status are disproportionally living in areas with closer proximity to toxic facilities – or risk hypotheses – if minorities/people…

Social Constructions and Culture in the ’16 ENVS Symposium

While I attended the “Perspectives in Environmental Movements” event, what really captivated me was the panel “Unnatural Disasters”.  Perspectives in Environmental Movements gave a general, comprehensible explanation of environmental justice, and then moved into the eco-theology of African Americans and the work of black methodists against environmental justice.  This was then followed by a discussion…

Statistical relationships between urban populations and deforestation

By Sofia Linden and Kyla Husted Background Forest vegetation serves various ecological functions.  Trees sequester carbon, provide habitats, provide food, and while living, release large amounts of Oxygen.  Trees help sustain myriad trophic levels and maintain biodiversity, while also playing an important role in biogeochemical cycles and holding carbon that would otherwise speed up the…