Research Sites Overview

A global view of our situated research sites.

A global view of our situated research sites.

It should come as no surprise that situated research generally takes place on sites! The pages under the Sites menu item feature our ENVS Program’s local, regional, and international research sites and site-based resources, developed in 2007 with a few sites added since then. Each site has a mashup page, dynamically assembling all related geotagged resources, links to research project mashups, research posts, related references, and situated themes. Mashups are complex, but cached to speed retrieval. Our situated research themes have been developed by ENVS students, and are incrementally improved by later students. A situated theme introduces a broadly defined environmental topic (e.g., toxics, environmental movements, natural disasters) and then considers one or more situated contexts to which this theme applies.

Click to expand the sections below and learn more about our research sites.

Local, regional, and US situated research sites

The ENVS Program at Lewis & Clark placed particular attention on the following local and regional sites through SGE:

  • Alder-Jordan Watershed: Located in Douglas County in southern Oregon, a rural area historically dependent on natural resource economies, especially forestry
  • Columbia Slough Watershed: Located on the floodplain of the Columbia River in northeast Portland, a site of intense industrial activity and habitat restoration
  • Lewis & Clark Campus: A variety of research projects took place on our campus in southwest Portland above the Willamette River
  • Tryon Creek Watershed: Located adjacent to Lewis & Clark campus, with a protected State Natural Area downstream and extensive residential settlement upstream
  • Willapa Bay: Located in Pacific County, Washington, on the Pacific Ocean, a coastal community centered around oyster fishing and farming
  • Other Pacific Northwest sites: Our researchers also covered a variety of sites in the US Pacific Northwest, where Lewis & Clark College is located
  • Other US sites: In addition to the Pacific Northwest, our SGE student and faculty researchers covered other sites in the US

International situated research sites

International sites are of particular interest at Lewis & Clark and in the ENVS Program, given our global reach. Most are tied to a related Lewis & Clark overseas program (see here for current program details). SGE international research sites included:

  • Australia: Lewis & Clark offers annual overseas programs in Australia each spring semester
  • East Africa: The East Africa overseas program, offered annually in fall semester, includes Kenya and Tanzania
  • Ecuador: The Ecuador program is offered annually during spring semester
  • India: Lewis & Clark’s India program is offered every other year during fall semester
  • Scotland: The Scotland overseas program is offered every other year during fall semester
  • Swaziland: The Swaziland program is offered as an ENVS exclusive 7-week program during the summer
  • Vietnam: Vietnam has been the site of Lewis & Clark overseas programs in the recent past, and the latest program in Vietnam is during the fall of 2014.
  • Other international sites: Student and faculty researchers at Lewis & Clark cover a variety of international sites in addition to the above

Although the bulk of the SGE initiative has ended, research on the above sites continues at Lewis & Clark College. Please visit the ENVS website for more current information on situated research.