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Darren Ruddell

Assistant Professor (Teaching) of Spatial Sciences

Contact Information
E-mail: druddell@usc.edu
Phone: (213) 740-0521
Office: AHF B57F
Office Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday : 10am-noon

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Curriculum Vitae
 

Biographical Sketch

Darren Ruddell is Assistant Professor and Director of Undergraduate of Studies for the Spatial Sciences Institute at the University of Southern California.  Dr. Ruddell teaches Geographic Information Science (GIS) courses in the GeoDesign major as well as the advanced online GIST graduate program.  Ruddell earned his Ph.D. in 2009 from the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning at Arizona State University, and his research efforts utilize geospatial technologies to investigate issues of urban sustainability.

 

Education

Ph.D. Geography, Arizona State University, 5/2009
M.S. Global Technology and Development, Arizona State University, 5/2005
B.A. Political Science, San Diego State University, 5/1999
 

Postdoctoral Training

Post-Doctoral Researcher, Arizona State University, 06/2009-06/2011  
 

Academic Appointment, Affiliation, and Employment History

Non-Tenure Track Appointments

Assistant Professor, University of Southern California, 2015-2016   
Director of Undergraduate Studies, University of Southern California, 2015-2016   
Assistant Professor, University of Southern California, 2014-2015   
Director of Undergraduate Studies, University of Southern California, 2014-2015   
Assistant Professor, University of Southern California, 2013-2014   
Director of Undergraduate Studies, University of Southern California, 2013-2014   
Lecturer, University of Southern California, 2012-2013   
Director of Undergraduate Studies, University of Southern California, 2012-2013   
Lecturer, University of Southern California, 2011-2012   
Lecturer, University of Southern California, Spring 2011   
 

Visiting and Temporary Appointments

Faculty Associate, Arizona State University , 2010-2011   
 

PostDoctoral Appointments

Post-Doctoral Researcher, Arizona State University, 2009-2011  
 

Description of Research

Summary Statement of Research Interests

Darren Ruddell utilizes geospatial technologies to investigate issues of urban sustainability and resiliency.
 

Research Keywords

Geospatial Technologies, Climate and Society, Sustainability, Human-Environment Interactions, GeoDesign, Urban Sustainability, Distance Learning
 

Research Specialties

GIS, GPS, Climate and Society, Sustainability, Human-Environment Relations, Urban Geography, Environmental Justice, Distance Learning
 

Affiliations with Research Centers, Labs, and Other Institutions

Arizona State University School of Sustainability, Affiliate Researcher, http://schoolofsustainability.asu.edu/
Spatial Sciences Institute GIS Research Laboratory, Faculty, http://spatial.usc.edu/index.php/gis-research-laboratory/
The Decision Center for a Desert City, Affiliate Researcher, http://dcdc.asu.edu/
 

Conferences and Other Presentations

Conference Presentations

"Community Resilience and Climate Change: The Role of Solid Waste", Municipal Waste Management Association Fall Summit, Talk/Oral Presentation, Abstract, San Diego, Invited, 2014-2015   
"Geodesign Education: Reflections on a Collaborative Geodesign Summer Course", Association of American Geographers, Talk/Oral Presentation, Refereed Abstract, Chicago, 2014-2015   
"Geodesign Education: Reflections on a Collaborative Geodesign Summer Course", Geodesign Summit Europe, Talk/Oral Presentation, Refereed Abstract, Delft, the Netherlands, 2014-2015   
"Geospatial Technologies and Urban Resilience: Building a Better World", UNIGIS International u_Lecture series, Lecture/Seminar, Abstract, Webinar presentation, Invited, 2014-2015   
"Geographic Information Science & Technology: Experiences in Online Education", Esri UC, Talk/Oral Presentation, Refereed Abstract, San Diego, 2013-2014   
"Heat Advisory: An Investigation of Health Outcomes and Heat Warning Systems in Phoenix, AZ.", Association of American Geographers, Talk/Oral Presentation, Refereed Paper, Tampa, 2013-2014   
"Vitality in the City and Region: Lessons from the Dutch", Connecting Sustainable Cities, Talk/Oral Presentation, Refereed Abstract, Rotterdam, the Netherlands, Invited, 2013-2014   
"The Energy-Water Nexus: Are there Tradeoffs between Residential Energy and Water Consumption in Arid Cities? ", Association of American Geographers, Talk/Oral Presentation, Refereed Paper, Los Angeles, 2012-2013   
"Human Impacts of Climate Change: Research Highlights on Excess Exposure to Extreme Heat. ", Symposium on Climate Change, Talk/Oral Presentation, Paper, Riverside, University of California Global Health Institute, Invited, 2011-2012   
"Scales of Perceptions: Public Awareness of Regional and Neighborhood Climates. ", Association of American Geographers, Talk/Oral Presentation, Refereed Paper, New York, NY, 2011-2012   
 

Other Presentations

"Community Resilience and Climate Change: The Need for GeoDesign", Oral Presentation, Academy of Arts and Humanities club at Crescenta Valley High School, La Crescenta, 2014-2015   
"Modeling Microclimates on USC’s Campus", Poster Presentation, Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, Los Angeles, 2014-2015   
"USC Libraries Strategic Planning 2015", Panel Presentation, Dohney’s Friends of the USC Libraries Lecture Hall, Los Angeles, 2014-2015   
"Aerial Mapping of USC’s Argue Plaza Using a Balloon-based Platform", Poster Presentation, University of Southern California GIS Day 2013, Los Angeles, 2013-2014   
"B.S. in GeoDesign Information Session", Panel Presentation, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, 2013-2014   
"Doing Geography: Teaching and Webmaps in the Lower Division Classroom", Panel Presentation, Association of American Geographers Conference, Tampa, 2013-2014   
"Geography and Social Media: Engaging Lower Division Geography Students in the Virtual Field", Panel Presentation, Association of American Geographers Conference, Tampa, 2013-2014   
"Geospatial Technologies and Social Work: A Critical Union", School of Social Work GIS Day, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, 2013-2014   
"Urban Systems", Sidney Harman Academy for Polymathic Study, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, 2013-2014   
"Geography, Social Media, and Distance Learning", Panel Presentation, Association of American Geographers Conference, Los Angeles, 2012-2013   
"Temperature Variability and Equity in Communities in Phoenix, Arizona.", GIS Day for the USC School of Social Work, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, 2012-2013   
"Distributional Effects: Vulnerability, Resilience, and Risk. ", External Advisory Committee for the Decision Center for a Desert City, National Science Foundation, Tempe, AZ, 2011-2012   
"Geospatial Contributions to Urban Sustainability Research: Highlights from Phoenix, AZ. ", GIS Day for Ventura County, Keynote Speaker, Ventura County, Ventura, CA, 2011-2012   
"Heat Stress and Vulnerable Communities in Phoenix, Arizona: Temperature, Place, and People. ", Ecology Explorers Teachers Group, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, 2011-2012   
 

Other Research

GeoDesign in the Netherlands Amsterdam, Netherlands, June 2014-2015 Organize and direct a two-week living-learning experience in collaboration with Dutch colleagues at the Vrije University, Amsterdam that introduces students to the critical and spatial thinking skills of GeoDesign while engaged in both classroom and field settings in the Netherlands. GeoDesign is a forward-thinking, interdisciplinary framework that pairs planning, design, and environmental systems with geospatial technologies to explore ways to build a better world., 2014-  
The Decision Center for a Desert City Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ August 2005-present. Research efforts at DCDC develop fundamental knowledge about decision making under uncertainty vital for long-term planning in the arid metropolis of Phoenix, AZ. Lead investigator is David White, Associate Professor in the School of Community Resources and Development at Arizona State University. Research funding provided by National Science Foundation (NSF) under grant number SES-0951366., 2005-  
Urban Vulnerability to Climate Change: A System Dynamics Analysis Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ July 2008-2014. The UVCC research project is an interdisciplinary collaboration examining the interplay between changing urban climates and the socio-ecological systems that amplify or mitigate heat-related hazards among different socio-economic and racial/ethnic groups. Lead investigator is Sharon Harlan, Associate Professor in the School of Human Evolution and Social Change (SHESC) at Arizona State University. Research funding provided by National Science Foundation (NSF) under grant number GEO-0816168., 2008-2014  
Archaeological Mapping in Peru Moqi, Peru, July 2012 Spent three weeks in the Andes Mountains of Moqi, Peru with a research team of twenty members where we excavated and utilized geospatial technologies to map an ancient Incan civilization. This effort was conducted in collaboration with the Institute for Field Research (IFR) and was led by archaeologist and Director, Ran Boytner., 2012-2013   
Phoenix Area Social Survey (PASS) Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ August 2005-2012. The Phoenix Area Social Survey (PASS) is a longitudinal study (2003: N=245; 2006: N=808; 2011 N=900) that examines the attitudes, behaviors, and perceptions of local residents across 40 neighborhoods on four environmental themes (e.g., climate change, water supply, air quality, and land use). PASS was conducted under the supervision of Sharon Harlan, Associate Professor in SHESC. Research funding provided by the NSF under grant number DEB-0423704., 2005-2012  
Field Mapping and Excavation on Santa Catalina Island Santa Catalina Island, CA, March 2012 Developed curriculum and taught 12 undergraduate students and five faculty members Global Positioning System (GPS) data collection techniques utilizing advanced Trimble hardware and software systems at the USC Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies. The project investigated and catalogued Native American sites of the Tongva tribe. This research project was led by USC Dornsife researcher Lynn Dodd., 2011-2012   
 

Publications

Book Chapter

Ruddell, D. M., Brazel, A. J., Chow, W. T., Middel, A. (2015). The Urban Heat Island (UHI) Effect and Sustainability Science: Causes, Impacts, and Solutions. Sustainability for the 21st Century: Pathways, Pro pp. 219-234. Kendall Hunt.
Brown, H., Comrie, A., Drechsler, D., Barker, C., Basu, R., Brown, T., Gershunov, A., Kilpatrick, A. M., Reisen, W., Ruddell, D. M. (2013). Human Health. Assessment of Climate Change in the Southwest Unit pp. 506. Washington: Island Press.
 

Conference Proceeding

 

Journal Article

VoPham, T., Wilson, J. P., Ruddell, D. M., Rashed, T., Brooks, M., Yuan, J., Talbot, E., Chang, C. H., Weissfeld, J. L. (2015). Linking pesticides and human health: a geographic information system (GIS) and Landsat remote sensing method to estimate agricultural pesticide exposure. Applied Geography. Vol. 62, pp. 171-181.
VoPham, T., Brooks, M., Yuan, J., Talbot, E. O., Ruddell, D. M., Hart, J. E., Chang, C. H., Weissfeld, J. L. (2015). Pesticide exposure and hepatocellular carcinoma risk: a case-control study using a geographic information system (GIS) to link SEER-Medicare and California pesticide data. Environmental Research. Vol. 143, pp. 68-82.
Harlan, S., Chowell, G., Yang, S., Petitti, D., Morales, E., Ruddell, B., Ruddell, D. M. (2014). Heat-related deaths in hot cities: estimates of human tolerance to high temperature thresholds. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health.
 

Magazine/Trade Publication

Ruddell, D. M. The New Job Every City Needs. Time. Time
 

Research Report

 

Advisement

Office Hours

Tuesday, Wednesday : 10am-noon
 

New Courses Developed

GeoDesign Practice: The European Experience, Spatial Sciences, This course is to introduce students to the critical and spatial thinking skills of GeoDesign while engaged in both classroom and field settings in Los Angeles, California, and in the Netherlands, and to apply them in a capstone research project that proposes GeoDesign strategies to address a societal challenge in Los Angeles County., 2014-2015   
Spatial Sciences Practicum, Spatial Sciences Institute, Spatial Sciences Practicum serves as the capstone course for the Spatial Studies Minor and aims to provide students from a variety of backgrounds (i.e. anthropology, architecture, geography, geology, international relations, planning, political science, and sociology) the opportunity to learn how to deploy geospatial technologies to investigate a self-directed research problem. Spatial thinking and the accompanying technologies (GIS, GPS, remote sensing, etc.) are now routinely applied by scholars across a range of disciplines to study physical and social phenomena, and SSCI-483 will provide students valuable hands-on experience to showcase their ability to deconstruct a research problem into executable steps utilizing geospatial technologies, while synthesizing relevant findings and conclusions in a summary report., 2014-2015   
Maps and Spatial Reasoning, Spatial Sciences, This course examines how spatial literacy can be used in a variety of fields such as health care and medicine, economics and engineering, architecture and planning, environmental science and sociology, among many others. Students learn how to use modern geospatial technologies to investigate specific places, their peoples, and local environments., 2013-2014   
Workshop in Spatial Analysis, Spatial Sciences, This introductory course provides an overview of the various ways in which mobile apps can be used to help improve our understanding of the meaning and significance of place. Students will utilize the latest spatial analysis tools and accompanying geospatial data to collect, analyze, and report on a topic of interest., 2013-2014   
GPS Essentials Short Course, Spatial Sciences Institute, This course is a one-day intensive learning workshop that examines Global Positioning Systems (GPS) hardware and software systems. Successful completion of this course counts 0.2 points towards a GISP accreditation., 2012-2013   
 

Honors and Awards

Non-Tenure Track Larger Faculty Development Grant, 2014-2015   
Non-Tenure Track Faculty Development Grant, 2013-2014   
Non-Tenure Track Faculty Development Grant, 2012-2013   
Recipient of National or International Prize in Discipline, Graduate Student Paper Competition, University Consortium for Geographic Information Science (UCGIS) , 2009-2010   
Best Poster, CAP LTER 2008 Poster Symposium, 2008-2009   
Tony Gonzalez Excellence in GIS Scholarship, Geospatial Information Technology Association of Arizona (GITAAz) , 2008-2009   
Recipient of National or International Prize in Discipline, Peace Corps Service Award, 2002-2003   
 

Service to the University

Administrative Appointments

Assistant Professor (Teaching), Spatial Sciences Institute, 2013-  
Director of Undergraduate Studies, Spatial Sciences Institute, 2012-  
Faculty, GIS Research Laboratory, 2011-  
Member, USC Academic Senate, 2015-2016   
President, Dornsife Faculty Council, 2015-2016   
Member, USC Academic Senate, 2014-2015   
Vice President, Dornsife Faculty Council, 2014-2015   
Member, Dornsife Faculty Council, 2013-2014   
Member, USC Academic Senate, 2013-2014   
Lecturer, Geographic Information Science & Technology (GIST) Graduate Programs, 2011-2013  
 

Committees

Chair, GeoDesign Academic Program Advisory Committee, 2013-  
Chair, Dornsife College, Ad hoc Committee, 2015-2016   
Chair, GeoDesign Retreat Organizing Committee, 2015-2016   
Member, Member, Fulbright U.S. Student Grant Campus Evaluation Committee, 2015-2016   
Member, Member, Senate Sustainability Committee, 2015-2016   
Member, Spatial Sciences Institute, Administrative Officer Search Committee, 2014-2015   
Chair, Spatial Sciences Institute, Faculty Merit Evaluation Committee, 2014-2015   
Member, Spatial Sciences Institute, Faculty Search Committee, 2014-2015   
Co-Chair, Spatial Sciences Institute, Visiting Scholar Committee, 2014-2015   
Member, Spatial Sciences Institute, Faculty Merit Evaluation Committee, 2013-2014   
Chair, Spatial Sciences Institute, Geospatial Roundtable Group, 2012-2013   
Member, USC Archaeology Faculty Search Committee, 2011-2012   
Member, USC Library GIS Fellow Search Committee, 2011-2012   
 

Other Service to the University

Completed USC SIS training to provide administrative support for students, 2014-  
Organize and lead USC GeoScavenge event twice per academic year as part of USC Welcome Week for Fall and Spring intake., 2014-  
Organize and lead annual GIS Day event at USC each November to engage students, faculty, and staff with opportunities in geospatial technologies., 2013-  
Provided technical support for USC Dornsife faculty member in Archaeology, Lynn Dodd, on research efforts utilizing geospatial technologies on a summer research excursion in Turkey., 2011-2012   
 

Service to the Profession

Conferences Organized

Organizing Committee Chair, GeoDesign Retreat , Los Angeles, 2015-2016   
Organizing Committee Member, Third Annual Los Angeles Geospatial Summit, Los Angeles, 2012-2013   
 

Professional Memberships

GIS Certification Institute, 2014-  
National Council for Geographic Education, 2014-  
UNIGIS, 2012-  
Society for Risk Analysis, 2008-  
Association of Pacific Coast Geographers, 2007-  
Association of American Geographers, 2006-  
Sierra Club, 2004-  
 
 

Reviewer for Publication

British Journal of Environment and Climate Change, Manuscript Review, 2015-  
Buildings, Manuscript Review, 2015-  
Energy Technology & Policy, Manuscript Review, 2015-  
Journal of Environmental Informatics, Manuscript Review, 2015-  
Libertas Academica, Manuscript Review, 2015-  
Nature Climate Change, Manuscript Review, 2015-  
Urban Forestry & and Urban Greening, Manuscript Review, 2015-  
GeoJournal, Manuscript Review, 2014-  
Land, Manuscript Review, 2014-  
Plos One, Manuscript Review, 2014-  
Die ERDE, Manuscript Review, 2013-  
Global Environmental Change, Manuscript Review, 2013-  
Water, Manuscript Review, 2013-  
International Journal of Biometeorology, Manuscript Review, 2012-  
International Journal of Sustainable Land Use and Urban Planning, Manuscript Review, 2012-  
Landscape and Urban Planning, Manuscript Review, 2012-  
Climatic Change, Manuscript Review, 2011-  
Reshaping Environments, Manuscript Review, 2011-  
Transactions in GIS, Manuscript Review, 2011-  
Science Communication, Manuscript Review, 2009-  
 

Media, Alumni, and Community Relations

Geospatial Technologies and Urban Resilience: Building a Better World. A webinar presentation for UNIGIS International u_Lecture series, November 2014., 2014-2015   
SSCI-587: GPS/GIS Field Techniques. A webinar meeting for the Spatial Sciences Institute Geographic Information Science & Technology (GIST) graduate program., 2013-2014   
GIST Tracks. A webinar meeting for the Spatial Sciences Institute Geographic Information Science & Technology (GIST) graduate program., 2012-2013   
Meet the Faculty. A webinar meeting for the Spatial Sciences Institute Geographic Information Science & Technology (GIST) graduate program., 2011-2012   
Required Course Review. A webinar meeting for the Spatial Sciences Institute Geographic Information Science & Technology (GIST) graduate program., 2011-2012   
 

Other Service to the Profession

Judge, Student Paper Competition, Climate Specialty Group, Association of American Geographers, 2013-2014   
Judge, Student Paper Competition, Climate Specialty Group, Association of American Geographers, 2012-2013   
 
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