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About David Banis

As the Associate Director for the Center for Spatial Analysis (CSAR), David works on applied GIS and cartography projects with a wide variety of partners, including the US Forest Service and Pacific Northwest Research Station, the US Fish and Wildlife Service, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, Portland Parks and Recreation, as well as faculty in other departments at PSU.

The projects conducted by CSAR are equally diverse, and they range from practical GIS database compilation and cartography, to the study of human/environment interactions, to explorations in cultural geography. A number of CSAR’s research programs employ public participatory mapping to explore how cultural values and human perceptions of landscapes might be used to improve public land management. Other recent work includesspatial analysis of marine protected areas in the Arctic, construction of Oregon's incident response information system, spatial modeling of graffiti reports, geovisualization of economic data, and how world music informs senses of place.

With colleague Hunter Shobe, Banis published the book Portlandness: A Cultural Atlas, which explores the diverse ways that cartographers can tell stories with maps. In collaboration with the Center for Geography Education in Oregon, he was chief cartographer for both English and Spanish language editions of the Student Atlas of Oregon, as well as the classroom Atlas of Oregon Climate and Climate Change. He is one of the partners in the development of an interactive Atlas of Oregon Lakes.


2006 - Present Associate Director for the Center for Spatial Analysis, Portland State University Geography
2006 - Present Instructor, Portland State University Geography
2005 - 2011 Adjunct Faculty, Washington State University Vancouver ‐ Department of Environmental Science

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