Travis Longcore, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Architecture, Spatial Sciences, and Biological Sciences

BA, Geography, University of Delaware, summa cum laude MA, Geography, UCLA PhD, Geography, UCLA

Dr. Longcore was a Eugene DuPont Memorial Distinguished Scholar and earned an honors B.A. in Geography at the University of Delaware. There he was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa, was named a finalist for the Rhodes Scholarship, and received the Alexander J. Taylor Award as “outstanding senior man.” He then earned an M.A. and Ph.D. in Geography from UCLA as a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow, Chancellor's Fellow, and UCLA Alumni Association Distinguished Doctoral Scholar.

Dr. Longcore's research interests are in urban ecology and conservation, with emphasis on conservation planning, design, and management, edge effects of development, especially artificial night lighting, and monitoring and management of endangered species. He is co-editor of the book Ecological Consequences of Artificial Night Lighting (Island Press, 2006) and author of over 35 peer-reviewed articles in journals such as Conservation Biology, PLoS One, Restoration Ecology, Environmental Management, Urban Geography, and Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment. His research has been covered in National Geographic, Audubon, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Life, and Discover. Dr. Longcore has been recognized for his contributions to endangered species conservation by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the White House Conference on Cooperative Conservation and has been designated a Certified Senior Ecologist by the Ecological Society of America.

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Currently Teaching
  • 447
    Ecological Factors in Design
    Ecological Factors in Design
    Lectures, laboratory exercises and field trips introduce basic knowledge of incoporating ecological factors in urban design and interaction of landscape science with the human environment. The course will concentrate on both the history and theory of urban ecological design and on the, computing tools currently available to undertake quantitative (and usually spatial) analysis of the effects, of alternative urban designs. In this sense, the course is situated both within landscape ecology and urban, ecology and also in the applied disciplines of planning and architecture, and therefore is part of the newly, identified domain of “geodesign.”
  • 531
    The Natural Landscape
    The Natural Landscape
    Landscape Architecture is rightly focused on design. Students explore how, through design interventions, places can be made that “work,” often from an experiential, aesthetic, or social perspective. As landscape architects become leaders in sustainability and in the field of ecological restoration, there is recognition that designed places must also work as a component of the natural landscape and projects are called upon to perform ecosystem functions. The purpose of this course is to provide the necessary scientific background on the patterns, processes, and performance of the natural landscape — defined as the surface of the Earth with minimal human intervention — to inform design options ranging from plant choice to patch size to corridor configuration.
  • 547
    Urban Nature
    Urban Nature
    Nature is frequently thought to be found only “out there” beyond the city. However, “in here” conservation of many species requires protection of their habitats in urban areas, as does maintenance of the quality of life in cities. This course explores the many issues that arise from the recognition that cities too have natural values that can be protected, restored, or even created. The course is divided into three parts. First is an introduction to the ecology of cities and our knowledge about the factors that affect the distribution and persistence of plants and animals in urban landscapes and the role they play in human experience. Second is an exploration of the major threats to urban biodiversity and their interaction with human attitudes and practices. Third is the review of controversies and successes of urban nature education, restoration, and conservation projects in the Los Angeles basin, with a concentration on design at local to regional scales. This course will be offered every other Spring semester (2019).
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