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Travis Longcore

Assistant Professor of Architecture and Spatial Sciences

Contact Information
Phone: (213) 821-1310
Office: AHF B55D

Faculty Profile on Departmental Website
USC School of Architecture Profile


Ph.D. Geography, University of California - Los Angeles, 12/1999
M.A. Geography, University of California - Los Angeles, 9/1995
B.A. Geography, University of Delaware, 6/1993

Affiliations with Research Centers, Labs, and Other Institutions

GIS Research Laboratory, Affiliated faculty,
Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies, Affiliated faculty,

Conferences and Other Presentations

Conference Presentations

"Beyond turtles and towers: outdoor lighting, wildlife, and the environment.", Illuminating Engineering Society, Street and Area Lighting Conference, Talk/Oral Presentation, Abstract, Phoenix, Illuminating Engineering Society, Invited, 09/09/2013-09/11/2013  



Rich, C., Longcore, T. (2006). Ecological consequences of artificial night lighting. Washington, DC: Island Press.

Book Chapter

Wolch, J. R., Longcore, T., Wilson, J. P. (2012). Unpaving paradise: the Green Visions Plan. Planning Los Angeles pp. 230-239. APA Planners Press.
Nightingale, B., Longcore, T., Simenstad, C. (2006). Artificial night lighting and fishes. pp. p. 257-276. Washington, DC: Island Press.

Journal Article

Longcore, T., Smith, P. A. (2013). On avian mortality associated with human activities. Avian Conservation and Ecology. Vol. 8 (2), pp. 1-4.
Longcore, T., Rich, C., Mineau, P., MacDonald, B., Bert, D. G., Sullivan, L. M., Mutrie, E., Gauthreaux Jr., S. A., Avery, M. L., Crawford, R. L., Manville II, A. M., Travis, E. R., Drake, D. (2012). Avian mortality at communication towers in North America: which species, how many, and where?. Biological Conservation. pp. 11 pp..
Newell, J. P., Seymour, M., Yee, T., Renteria, J., Longcore, T., Wolch, J. R., Shishkovsky, A. (2012). Green alleys; planning for a sustainable urban infrastructure?. Cities.
Bartos, M., Dao, S., Douk, D., Falzone, S., Gumerlock, E., Hoekstra, S., Kelly-Reif, K., Mori, D., Tang, C., Vasquez, C., Ward, J., Morzillo, A. T., Riley, S. P., Longcore, T. (2012). Use of Anticoagulant Rodenticides in Single- Family Neighborhoods Along an Urban-Wildland Interface in California. Cities and the Environment. Vol. 4 (1), pp. 19 pp..
Longcore, T., Rich, C., Mineau, P., MacDonald, B., Bert, D. G., Sullivan, L. M., Mutrie, E., Gauthreaux Jr., S. A., Avery, M. L., Crawford, R. L., Manville II, A. M., Travis, E. R., Drake, D. (2012). An estimate of avian mortality at communication towers in the United States and Canada. PLoS one. Vol. 7 (4), pp. e34025.
Rodrigues, P., Aubrecht, C., Gil, A., Longcore, T., Elvidge, C. D. (2011). Remote sensing to map light pollution stress on Cory’s Shearwater, Calonectris diomedea borealis, on São Miguel Island, Azores Archipelago. European Journal of Wildlife REsearch. Vol. 58, pp. 147-155.
Stein, E., Dark, S., Longcore, T., Hall, N., Beland, M., Grossinger, R., Casanova, J., Sutula, M. (2010). Historical ecology as a tool for assessing landscape change and wetland and riparian restoration priorities. Wetlands. Vol. 30 (3), pp. 589-601.
Longcore, T., Lam, C. S., Kobernus, P., Polk, E., Wilson, J. P. (2010). Extracting useful data from imperfect monitoring schemes: endangered butterflies at San Bruno Mountain, San Mateo County, California (1982–2000) and implications for habitat management. Journal of Insect Conservation. Vol. 14 (4), pp. 335-346.
Longcore, T., Rich, C., Sullivan, L. M. (2009). Critical assessment of claims regarding management of feral cats by trap-neuter-return. Conservation Biology. Vol. 23, pp. 887-894. PubMed Web Address
Aubrect, C., Elvidge, C., Longcore, T., Rich, C., Safran, J., Strong, A., Eakin, M., Baugh, K., Tuttle, B., Hayes, P., Howard, A., Erwin, E. (2008). A global inventory of development, gas flaring, and fishing proximity to coral reefs. Geocarto International. Vol. 23 (6), pp. 467–479.
Longcore, T., Rich, C., Gauthreaux Jr., S. A. (2008). Height, guy wires, and steady-burning lights increase hazard of communication towers to nocturnal migrants: a review and meta-analysis. The Auk/American Ornithologists' Union. Vol. 125 (2), pp. 486–493.
Longcore, T., Rich, C., Muller-Schwarze, D. (2007). Management by assertion: beavers and songbirds at Lake Skinner (Riverside County, California). Environmental Management. Vol. 39, pp. 460-471.
Elvidge, C. D., Cinzano, P., Arvesen, J., Sutton, P., Small, C., Nemani, R., Longcore, T., Rich, C., Weeks, J., Ebener, S. (2007). The NightSat mission concept. International Journal of Remote Sensing. Vol. 28 (12), pp. 2645-2670.
Jump, P., Longcore, T., Rich, C. (2006). Ecology and distribution of a newly discovered population of the threatened Kern primrose sphinx moth (Euproserpinus euterpe). Journal of the Lepidopterists’ Society. Vol. vol. 60(1), pp. 41-50.
Longcore, T., Mattoni, R., Mattoni, A. (2005). Salvage of individual pupae as a mitigation measure for loss of Palos Verdes blue butterfly habitat. Journal of the Lepidopterists’ Society. Vol. 59(1), pp. 10-11.
Longcore, T., Li, C., Wilson, J. P. (2004). Applicability of CITYgreen urban ecosystem analysis software to a dense urban neighborhood. Urban Geography. Vol. v. 25(2), pp. p. 173–186.
Longcore, T., Rich, C. (2004). Ecological light pollution. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment/Ecological Society of America. Vol. 2 (4), pp. 191-198.
Longcore, T. (2003). Arthropods as indicators of restoration success in coastal sage scrub (California, U.S.A.). Restoration Ecology/Blackwell. Vol. v.11(4), pp. p.397–409.
Mattoni, R., Longcore, T., Krenova, Z., Lipman, A. (2003). Mass rearing of the endangered Palos Verdes blue butterfly (Glaucopsyche lygdamus palosverdesensis: Lycaenidae). Journal of Research on the Lepidoptera. Vol. 37, pp. 55-67.
Zonneveld, C., Longcore, T., Mulder, C. (2003). Optimal schemes to detect presence of insect species. Conservation Biology. Vol. 17, pp. 476–487.
Mattoni, R., Longcore, T., Novotny, V. (2000). Arthropod monitoring for fine scale habitat analysis: a case study of the El Segundo dunes. Environmental Management. Vol. 25, pp. 445–452.
Mattoni, R. H., Pratt, G. F., Longcore, T. R., Emmel, J. F., George, J. N. (1997). The endangered Quino checkerspot butterfly, Euphydryas editha quino (Lepidoptera: Nymphalidae). Journal of Research on the Lepidoptera. Vol. 34, pp. 99–118.
Mattoni, R., Longcore, T. R. (1997). The Los Angeles coastal prairie, a vanished community. Crossosoma. Vol. 23, pp. 71-102.

Technical Report

Stein, E. D., Dark, S., Longcore, T., Hall, N., Beland, M., Grossinger, R., Casanova, J., Sutula, M. (2007). Historical ecology and landscape change of the San Gabriel River and floodplain. Southern California Coastal Water Research Project.
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