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Wright, Dawn J.

on leave Sept 2011 to Dec 2013 with Esri

Office:  114 Wilkinson Hall
Phone:  541.737.1229
Fax:      541.737.1200
Email:   dawn@dusk.geo.orst.edu

GIS, marine science, ocean informatics

Research Interests:

Marine and coastal geography, marine GIS, mid-ocean ridges, coral reefs, analysis and interpretation of towed camera, submersible, multibeam bathymetric and sidescan sonar data, ocean informatics.

Personal Website

Curriculum Vitae


BS Geology (cum laude)
Wheaton College (Illinois), 1983
MS Oceanography
Texas A&M University, 1986
PhD Physical Geography & Marine Geology
University of California, Santa Barbara, 1994


Sep 2002 - present: Professor
Department of Geosciences, Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon.

Sep 1999 - Sep 2002: Associate Professor
Department of Geosciences, Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon
Early Indefinite Tenure granted 9/16/99

Sep 1995 - Sep 1999:
Assistant Professor Department of Geosciences, Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon.

Jan 1995 - Sep 1995:
Post-doctoral Research Associate
NOAA-Pacific Marine Environmental Lab, Oregon State University Hatfield Marine Science Center, Newport, Oregon.

Sep 1990 - Dec 1994:
Graduate Student Researcher
Marine Science Institute and National Center for Geographic Information and Analysis, University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB).

Sep 1986 - Nov 1989:
Marine Laboratory Specialist (Seagoing Marine Technician)
Logistics and Technical Support, Ocean Drilling Program, Texas A&M University.

Apr 1985 - Aug 1986:
Graduate Research Assistant
Science Operations, Ocean Drilling Program, Texas A&M University.


GEO 103 - Exploring the Deep: Physical Geography of the World's Oceans
GEO 103H - Exploring the Deep: Physical Geography of the World's Oceans
GEO 265 - GIS Practicuum
GEO 407/507 - Seminar: Geographic Research
GEO 465/565 - Geographic Information Systems and Science
GEO 499H/599 - Great Women of Science
GEO 507 - Virtual Seminar in Geographic Information Science
GEO 567 - Responsible GIS Practice: Ethics for Future Geospatial Professionals
GEO 580 - Advanced Applications of GIS in the Geosciences
GEO 599 - Special Topics in GIScience (e.g., Public Participation GIS or Ethics for GIS Professionals)
ALS 111 - OSU Odyssey

Recent Publications

Wright, D.J. and Wang, S., The emergence of spatial cyberinfrastructure, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 108(14): 5488-5491, doi:10.1073/pnas.1103051108, 2011.

Wright, D.J., Dwyer, E., and Cummins, V. (eds.). Coastal Informatics: Web Atlas Design and Implementation, Hershey, PA: IGI-Global, 350 pp. (ISBN: 9781615208159, doi: 10.4018/978-1-61520-815-9), 2011.

Heyman, W.D., and Wright, D.J., Marine geomorphology in the design of marine reserve networks, The Professional Geographer, 63(4): 1-14, 2011.

Barron, E.J., Bellingham, J.G., Boss, E.S., Boyle, E.A., Edwards, M., Fine, R.A., Johnson, K.S., Kelley, D.S., Kite-Powell, H., Ramberg, S., Rudnick, D.L., Schofield, O.M.E., Tamburri, M., Wiebe, P.H., and Wright, D.J., An Ocean Infrastructure Strategy for U.S. Ocean Research in 2030, Washington, DC: National Academies Press, 98 pp. (ISBN 0-309-18603-X), 2011.

Koppers, A.A.P., Russell, J.A., Roberts, J., Jackson, M.G., Konter, J., Wright, D.J., Staudigel, H., and Hart, S.R., Age systematics of two en echelon Samoan volcanic trails, Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems, 12, Q07025, doi:10.1029/2010GC003438, 2011.

Murphy, A.B., Colleton, N., Downs, R.M., Goodchild, M.F., Hanson, S., Lawson, V., Macdonald, G., Magilligan, F.J., Moseley, W.G., Polsky, C., Seto, K.C., and Wright, D.J. Understanding the Changing Planet: Strategic Directions for the Geographical Sciences, Washington, DC: National Academies Press, 172 pp. (ISBN 0-309-15075-2), 2010.

Wright, D.J., Duncan, S.L., and Lach, D.H. Social power and GIS technology: A review and assessment of approaches for natural resource management, Annals of the Association of American Geographers, 99(2): 254-272, 2009.

Lord-Castillo, B., Wright, D.J., Mate, B., and Follett, T., A customization of the Arc Marine data model to support whale tracking via satellite telemetry, Transactions in GIS, 13(s1): 63-83, 2009.

Wright, D.J. Spatial data infrastructures for coastal environments, in Yang, X. (ed.), Remote Sensing and Geospatial Technologies for Coastal Ecosystem Assessment and Management, Lecture Notes in Geoinformation and Cartography, Berlin: Springer-Verlag, DOI 10.1007/978-3-540-88183-4_5, 91-112, 2009.

Wright, D.J. and Heyman,W.D. (eds.), Sixth special issue on marine and coastal geographical information systems: Marine and coastal GIS for geomorphology, habitat mapping, and marine reserves, Marine Geodesy, 31(4): 223-371, 2008.

Wright, D.J., Blongewicz, M.J., Halpin, P.N., and Breman, J. Arc Marine: GIS for a Blue Planet, Redlands, CA: ESRI Press, 202 pp. + companion web site, 2007.

Falloon, T.J., Danyushevsky, L.V., Crawford, T.J., Maas, R., Woodhead, J.D., Eggins, S.M., Bloomer, S.H., Wright, D.J., Zlobin, S.K., and Stacey, A.R. Multiple mantle plume components involved in the petrogenesis of subduction-related lavas from the northern termination of the Tonga Arc and northern Lau Basin: Evidence from the geochemistry of arc and backarc submarine volcanics, Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems (G3), 8, Q09003, doi:10.1029/2007GC001619, 2007.

Lundblad, E., Wright, D.J., Miller, J., Larkin, E.M., Rinehart, R., Battista, T., Anderson, S.M., Naar, D.F., and Donahue, B.T. A benthic terrain classification scheme for American Samoa, Marine Geodesy, 29(2): 89-111, 2006.

Wright, D.J. and Scholz, A.J. (Eds.). Place Matters: Geospatial Tools for Marine Science, Conservation and Management in the Pacific Northwest, Corvallis, OR: Oregon State University Press, 305 pp., 2005.

Wright, D.J. and DiBiase, D. Distance education in geographic information science: Arena Symposium and an informal survey, Journal of Geography in Higher Education, 29(1), 91-100, and co-editing of special issue, 91-158, 2005.

Hepner, G., D.J. Wright, C.J. Merry, S.J. Anderson, and S.D. DeGloria. Remotely-acquired data and information in GIScience, in McMaster, R. and Usery, L. (eds.), A Research Agenda for Geographic Information Science, Boca Raton, Florida: CRC Press LLC, 351-364, 2004.

Psuty, N.P., Steinberg, P., and Wright, D.J. Coastal and marine geography, in Gaile, G.L. and Willmott, C.J. (Eds.), Geography in America at the Dawn of the 21st Century, New York: Oxford University Press, 314-325, 2004.

Wright, D.J., O'Dea, E., Cushing, J.B., Cuny, J.E., and Toomey, D.R. Why web GIS may not be enough: A case study with the Virtual Research Vessel, Marine Geodesy, 26(1-2), 73-86, 2003.

Wright, D.J, (Ed.). Undersea with GIS, Redlands, CA: ESRI Press, 224 pp. + CD-ROM, 2002.

Wright, D.J., Haymon, R.M., White, S.M., and Macdonald, K.C. Crustal fissuring on the crest of the southern East Pacific Rise, 17° 15'-40'S, Journal of Geophysical Research, 107, 10.1029/2001JB000544, 2002.

Wright, D.J., and Bartlett, D.J. (Eds.). Marine and Coastal Geographical Information Systems, Research Monographs in Geographical Information Science, London: Taylor & Francis, 320 pp., 2000.

Wright, D.J., Bloomer, S.H., MacLeod, C.J., Taylor, B., and Goodliffe, A.M. Bathymetry of the Tonga Trench and forearc: A map series, Marine Geophysical Researches, 21(5): 489-512, 2000.

Graduate Students

Keon, Dylan, PhD in progress
The Representation and Automated Visualization of Multivariate Spatiotemporal Data
Dick, Dori, PhD in progress
Top Predator Impacts on Temperate Marine Reserve Efficacy
Sullivan, Colleen, MS in progress
Mitigation of Potential Conflict in the Pacific Ocean Between Existing Stakeholders and Renewable Energy Entrepreneurs: An Application of Modeling to Marine Spatial Planning
Bauer, Jen, MS in progress
Assessing the Ability of Habitat Characteristics to Predict Fish Abundance and Diversity in Mesophotic Coral Ecosystems off Tutuila Island, American Samoa
Raiford, Kelvin, MS, 2011
The Use of Geospatial Data to Support Vulnerability Mapping of the Oregon Coast
Reusser, Debbie, PhD, 2010
Biogeography of Nonindigenous Species: From Description to Prediction
Kinzel, Michelle, MS, 2009
Using Educational Tools and Integrative Experiences via Geovisualizations that Incorporate Spatial Thinking, Real World Science and Ocean Literacy Standards in the Classroom: A Case Study Examined
Hogrefe, Kyle, MS, 2008
Derivation of Near-shore Bathymetry from Multispectral Satellite Imagery Used in a Coastal Terrain Model for the Topographic Analysis of Human Influence on Coral Reefs
Vance, Tiffany, PhD, 2007
If You Build It, Will They Come? Evolution Towards the Application of Multi-Dimensional GIS to Fisheries Oceanography
Sullivan, Deidre, MS, 2007
Developing a Plan for the National Coordination of Geospatial Technology Education: A Community College Perspective
Bradford, David, MS, 2007
A Geospatial Data Catalog and Metadata Management Tools for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Western Ecology Division
Roberts, Jed, MS, 2007
The Marine Geomorphology of American Samoa: Shapes and Distributions of Deep Sea Volcanics
Lord-Castillo, Brett, MS, 2007
Arc Marine as a Spatial Data Infrastructure: A Marine Data Model Case Study in Whale Tracking by Satellite Telemetry
McClung, Steve, MS, 2005
Lahar Hazard Mapping of Mount Shasta, California: A GIS-based Delineation of Potential Inundation Zones in Mud and Whitney Creek Basins
Bower, Peter, MS, 2005
Using an Internet Map Server and Coastal Remote Sensing for Education
Cooper, Colin, MS, 2005
Building and Sharing Spatial Metaphors for the Catalogue of Oregon Marine and Coastal Information
Hedstrom, Keldah, MS, 2005
Introducing Geographic Information Systems to Grass Seed Growers in the Willamette Valley of Oregon
Keith, Chad, MS, 2004
GIS Modeling of Potential Marine Protected Areas in the Northwest Atlantic via Biological and Socioeconomic Parameters
Zanger, Chris, MS, 2004
Modeling the Environmental Protection Agency's Level IV Ecoregions within the Klamath Mountains of Southern Oregon and Northern California: A Geographic Information System Approach
Larkin, Emily, MS, 2004
Geographic Information Systems for Coral Reef Conservation, Capacity Building, and Public Education in American Samoa
Martin, Peter, MS, 2004
Spatial Interpolation in Other Dimensions
Lundblad, Emily, MS, 2004
The Development and Application of Benthic Classifications for Coral Reef Ecosystems Below 30 m Depth using Multibeam Bathymetry: Tutuila, American Samoa
Aaby, Alyssa, MS, 2004
Testing the ArcGIS Marine Data Model: Using Spatial Information to Examine Habitat Utilization Patterns of Reef Fish along the West Coast of Hawaii