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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, 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   
 

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

"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   
"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

"Heat Stress and Vulnerable Communities in Phoenix, Arizona: Temperature, Place, and People. ", Ecology Explorers Teachers Group, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, 2011-  
"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   
"Vitality in the City and Region: Lessons from the Dutch", Connecting Sustainable Cities Conference, Rotterdam, the Netherlands, 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   
 

Other Research

GeoDesign in the Netherlands Amsterdam, Netherlands, June 2014 Organized and directed a two-week living-learning experience that introduced 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-  
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-  
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-  
Urban Vulnerability to Climate Change: A System Dynamics Analysis Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ July 2008-present. 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-  
Phoenix Area Social Survey (PASS) Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ August 2005-present. 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-  
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-  
 

Publications

Book Chapter

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

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-  
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-  
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-  
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-  
 

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, 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  
 

Service to the Profession

Professional Memberships

UNIGIS, 2012-  
Society for Risk Analysis, 2008-  
Association of Pacific Coast Geographers, 2007-  
Association of American Geographers, 2006-  
Sierra Club, 2004-  
 
 
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