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In the Antelope-Fremont Valleys, changes in the cost of obtaining water has led to abandonment of thousands of acres of land that were originally cleared for agriculture. This is just one of the factors that has led soil erosion to become an ongoing local environmental and public health issue. Meanwhile, the remaining agricultural fields in these arid lands provide important habitat for numerous species of birds that used to rely on native grasslands and wetlands.

These are just some of landscape management issues I have been researching as part of a culminating project in the Masters of Landscape Architecture program at Cal Poly Pomona. To visualize the impact of humans on these processes, I created dozens of GIS maps that synthesize data from multiple sources.

My group is currently developing design typologies which aim to suggest the value of integrative approaches to managing landscape processes: the water cycle, agriculture, ecosystem services, sprawl, and alternative energy development.