Recent Research Posts

As I reflect on my time researching in this vast country, I acknowledge I’ve only had a brief glimpse at the quilt of stories that makes up the culture and controversies of wool farming in Australia and life in the bush. From the hills of South Australia where my hands were rough and cracked from …

As the train eases away from the platform in Peterborough, South Australia, I wrap up my fourth and final research site in Australia. I spent the week on a 40,000-acre sheep station nestled in the southern Flinders Ranges. Besides learning about station management in the driest state of the driest inhabited continent in the world, …

Making my way up north along the historical “Wool Wagon Pathway,” I reached the World Heritage area known as Shark Bay where I lived and worked on yet another sheep station. This station, comprised of over 500,000 acres, was steeped in Australia’s wool history. I had finally reached what felt like the “real outback.” Red, …

This post serves to share my final thesis document and poster to the SGE and Lewis & Clark communities. Below is the abstract of my report as well as links to PDF files of my thesis and poster. Link here to my thesis document Link here to my thesis poster Abstract: Both Southern Chile and …

This post contains links to the final thesis that I wrote and accompanying poster. Also included is the abstract: In this project I present a critical analysis of dynamic power relations enacted through sustainable development. Current research on discourse and sustainable development has called for a more concrete description of sustainable development in order to …

Here is my abstract, my final thesis, and my poster! In this thesis, I explore the unintentional environmental exclusion of certain bodies in alternative food distribution networks in Portland, Oregon.  I look specifically at two nonprofits – Portland Fruit Tree Project and Zenger Farm – that attempt to make fresh, local, and organic produce more …

This thesis uses COASST seabird beaching data to analyze spatial patterns in seabird beachings across beaches in Southern Washington State, including bird carcass preservation, which body parts tend to remain on the bird the most, and species, as well as the data itself and the number of surveys that have been collected at each beach. …

  Through community-based tourism, Mapuche entrepreneurs, Mapuche families, and the organizations that support them are working to redefine Curarrehue as a place worth noticing. Local Mapuche guides lead tourists up ancestral routes to gaze at the landscape. Local Mapuche businesses offer unique goods and services tied to their cultural heritage. Local Mapuche hosts welcome tourists …

Although my “final” thesis is attached here, I’m finding myself in a bittersweet moment. Despite the immensely rewarding feeling of having all of my hard work culminate in a tangible project, the daunting task of continuing to inform and inspire reflection, conversation, and, ultimately, action is never done.   You can access my thesis here. …

KPDThesisDraft3 KPDthesisposter Abstract: In this thesis I explore the various methods of urban park funding in Portland, Oregon. Furthermore, I seek to know if white, high-income communities are favored in terms of park funding, and the extent which public-private partnerships are influetial in park funding. To make my assessment, I utilize reports, demographics, and cost estimates …

Attached is the final product of my senior thesis… but is it ever really done? Either way, it feels great to be done for now! Abstract Environmental health is gaining more attention and momentum as global populations rise simultaneously with the need for efficient and sustainable energy sources. In this study, I investigate the household-scale …

I did it, I mapped a mountain and I hope to continue this research into the future. This thesis explores the causes and implications of Mt. Fuji land cover change over the 20th century. As a visual narrative, land cover mosaics were created that display prominent land cover transitions. Coupled with historical and geological contexts, …

Probst Thesis Final Draft_05-07-2014 Probst_ThesisPoster_EnvAmenities Here is my final thesis for ENVS 400 and poster. This thesis is about urban renewal in Portland and the distribution of “environmental amenities” in 3 selected neighborhoods.  Urban renewal in Portland is a process of neighborhood change that is mediated by the private sector and the Portland Development Commission …

Here is my final thesis for spring 2014 and subsequent poster.  RobertsFinalThesis! ThesisPrintPoster             This paper serves as an interrogation into how decisions regarding equity and opportunity are made and whom the built environment is intended to serve. I situate my argument around the bicycle, in an attempt to complicate the …

Wow. What a week I have had outside the town of Geraldton, Western Australia. I spent the week living with a couple that owns and operates a sheep station, orchard, and shearing contracting business. Shearing contractors, who have a vital role in the wool industry, organize and connect shearers to the woolsheds that need labor …