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Melinda Shimizu, Ph.D

I am an Assistant Professor of Earth Science and GIS at Western Oregon University. My research projects include geodesign of spatial decision support systems, data assessment, decision science, virtual and geographic dissemination of information, and tectonic geomorphology.
I earned my Ph.D. in Geographical Sciences from Arizona State University in 2014 under the guidance of Prof. Elizabeth Wentz. My dissertation applied a geodesign approach to spatial decision support system design with a case study illustration for watershed management in the Niantic River watershed in Connecticut. I earned my M.S. in Geological Sciences from the School of Earth and Space Exploration, also at Arizona State University. I completed the degree in 2008 under the guidance of Prof. Kelin Whipple. My thesis used GIS to explore the relationship between hanging valley heights and tectonic rebound. I also completed a GIS Certificate that same year. My interest in Geology began at Central Washington University, when I took an Intro Geology course from Prof. Tim Melbourne. Under his mentorship, I completed undergraduate research in seismology and geophysics and I earned my B.S. in Geology from CWU in 2006.