Sample Abstracts from the 2007 APCG (Association of Pacific Coast Geographers) Meeting
James P. Allen, California State University, Northridge, email@example.com; and Eugene Turner, California State University, Northridge, firstname.lastname@example.org. Mexican Status Variations across U.S. Counties. Although on average, Mexicans in the United States have low socioeconomic status compared to most other ethnic groups, it’s possible that Mexicans in some localities are doing much better. We ask to what extent does the socioeconomic position of Mexicans, including both immigrants and the U.S.-born, vary by county across the United States, and how do such variations relate to other characteristics of the counties? Using the SF4 file of
Census 2000 data for the 911 U.S. counties with at least 1,000 Mexicans, we measured and mapped Mexican percentage homeowner and three income variables as well as the ratio of Mexican to Non-Hispanic White incomes. Results indicated much county variation in Mexican status, with median income of Mexicans occasionally higher than that of Whites. Mexican men’s and women’s incomes were strongly and positively correlated with the percentage of Mexicans proficient in English, high school graduates, U.S.-born, and in professional or managerial occupations. In comparison to Whites, Mexican incomes were relatively higher in counties where
Mexican and total populations were smaller and where lower percentages of Whites were college graduates and professionals or managers.
Samantha Antcliff e, California State University, Long Beach, santcliff email@example.com.
Native Plant Restoration Following the Eradication of Invasive Tamarisk in the Tijuana Estuary.Th e objective of this project was to study the vegetation of the upland transition habitat within Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve, (TRNERR) to determine whether native vegetation that was reintroduced survived aft er the eradication of invasive Tamarix ramosissima (Tamarisk). Within the upland transition habitat there are isolated patches of invasive tamarisk in a matrix of natives. Invasive plants alter the habitat and topography and reduce the overall diversity of the estuary. Seven sites were selected for restoration. Species
selection was established aft er surveying nearby areas with existing habitat to determine which species were present and obtainable and would be viable candidates for restoration. Th e fi ve native plants selected for restoration were: Distichlis spicata (Saltgrass), Frankenia salina (Alkali heath), Lycium californicum (Boxthorn), Salicornia subterminalis (Glasswort) and Salicornia virginica (Pickleweed). Plants were hand watered on a biweekly schedule, and survival rate data was documented weekly. Th e overall survival rate percentages for the restoration sites ranged from 0 to 41 percent. While defi nitive answers to the underlying mechanisms that determined survival rate diff erences between sites was not possible, the study does suggest future directions for restoration projects and research. Keywords: invasive plants, tamarisk, restoration.
Jon Bauer, San Francisco State University, firstname.lastname@example.org. Potemkin Creek: I Can’t Believe It’s Not Nature. Restoration of culverted urban creeks, often known as daylighting,” is one way of reestablishing ecological integrity in cities and of connecting with nature for urban residents. However, in some places many obstacles prevent daylighting, such as fl ood-control concerns, private property, and financial resources. One such situation is on Temescal Creek, which drains a portion of the Oakland Hills to the San Francisco Bay. Anglo-Americans arrived by the 1850s, and by the end of the 1970s the creek was almost entirely contained culvert. An emerging response by “green” loft developers, creek activists, local governments, and residents is to create ersatz creeks, like Potemkin Villages, that mimic the aesthetic of the historic creek channel, while the actual creek water still fl ows in the fl ood control culvert directly below. This faux-or ersatz-restoration brings to the fore questions about how ecologically minded urban residents participate in the ongoing hybridization of nature and
culture, and exposes the values and assumptions embedded in the social construction of nature. This new Temescal Creek, designed to appear natural, is revealed to be an artifact of culture produced by economic activities, rather than a natural one produced by physical processes.
Noriyuki Sato, California State University, Chico, email@example.com. Perspectives on Climate Change from Changing Mean and Variance. While mean air temperature usually is employed to represent the magnitude of climatic change, it is not the only important statistic, especially when societal impacts are concerned. Mean temperature is just one statistic that represents the overall air-temperature distribution. This paper looks into a changing climate from two perspectives: (1) trends in the number of days that fall within a particular range of air temperature; and (2) impacts that changing mean and variance would effect on the above-mentioned trends. The intricate relationship between mean and variance of air temperature
alters the number of days that fall within a certain range of air temperature, which may have a direct influence on areas of applied climatology, such as winter road maintenance, agriculture, and water resources. For this paper, a threshold value for winter road maintenance is used. By analyzing the recent 57 winter seasons of air-temperature data for the U.S. and Canada, this paper illustrates the spatial distribution and trends in variables relevant to winter road maintenance. The paper concludes by discussing a number of possible impacts of climate change on winter road maintenance in the future.
There are rubrics for written assignments, and one for your final presentation. There is one rubric per page so that you can remove the blank rubrics to include with written assignments, drafts and final paper. You will turn rubrics in with your work to your instructor. Please read them so you know what criteria your instructor will be using to grade your assignments, but don’t limit yourself to the content of the rubric. If you wish to go beyond the basic requirements, please feel free to do so! Your instructor may take extra points off for incomplete or late work.
Themes of Geography Book Review (30 points)--Faculty Review
Research Presentation Guide People will ask you to prepare talks many times during your career, both as a student and as a professional.
Dress appropriately on days you will present. Soon enough you will be thinking of what to wear for an interview, so this is good preparation for that.
Use PowerPoint or some other visual aid for your presentation. Some new presentation software exists that might be replacing it. PP has become a crutch for many presenters, but people do not want to watch you read from your slides. Make eye contact and talk as naturally as you can. Your presentation should not last more than three slides, maximum seven minutes.
How you do on your presentation (i.e. how many points you get) will depend on how you structure it and on the quality and pertinence of your visual material. Some of this structure follows from the structure of your paper.
Introduction: this is the “hook” to get your audience engaged. Your talk can start with a story, a news item, or anything that illustrates why you studied this topic. Visual aids are appropriate here. For research in geography you should be able to find an appropriate map to illustrate your research topic. Which of the five (or more) themes of geography does your research paper fall into? What sub-field of geography (i.e. political geography, geomorphology, urban geography, climate change) does your topic most relate to?
Summary of your Findings: this is the centerpiece of your presentation. You should be able to show that there is a range of research on the topic, and that different authors have approached the topic in different ways. You should also be able to sum up your findings.
Provide a quick evaluation of the strengths and weaknesses of the literature. Show how excited you are about this topic!
Visual aids can be helpful to illustrate different contributions of the literature—such as a table or concept map.
So what? You should be able to restate the importance of your work, and add to that what you have found that is significant to you and potentially to others, in 30 seconds. How is this important to geographic knowledge?
Grading Rubric for Presentations
Summary of Literature
Significance of Findings
Visuals: no spelling errors, not too much text, no glitches, sources provided