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Southern Oregon University

David Kramar, Ph.D.



Assistant Professor of Environmental Science and Policy

Office: TA 102
Phone: (541) 552-6727

Curriculum vitae


Ph.D. 2014 – Geospatial and Environmental Analysis, Virginia Polytechnic Institute, Blacksburg, VA

M.S. 2004 – Geography, Virginia Polytechnic Institute, Blacksburg, VA

B.S. 1999 – Geography, Appalachian State University, Boone, NC

Courses taught at SOU:

  • Maps, Cartography, and Geospatial Technology
  • Introduction to GIS
  • Introduction to Remote Sensing
  • Environmental Data Analysis
  • Introduction to Earth Science

Research Interests

Biogeography, Physical Geography, Environmental Modeling Using GIS, PDA and Web-Based Integration of Environmental Datasets, Mercury Contamination in High Trophic Level Piscivores, Ecological Toxicology, Quantitative Methods, GIS, Cartography, Land Scape Ecology.

Selected Publications

Kramar D.E., Emrick, V., and Fields, M. 2013. Bald eagle surveying and monitoring of the Nottoway Macro basin and Fort Pickett – Final Results. Prepared for ARNG-MTC Fort Pickett.

Klopfer, S.D., Kramar,D.E. and St.Germain, M. 2013. Analysis of Fox Activity and Survival in Foxhound Training Enclosures. Prepared for: Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, March 2013.

Klopfer, S.D., Kramar, D.E., and St. Germaine, M. 2013. Climate change impacts on species of greatest conservation concern in Virginia. Prepared for: Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, February 2013.

Katzner et al. Status, Biology, and Conservation Priorities for North America's Eastern Golden Eagle. Accepted to The Auk, November 2011.

Desorbo, Christopher R., Taylor, K., Kramar, D., K.M., Fair, J., Atwood, J.L., Evers, D.C., Hanson, W., Vogel, H.S. Reproductive Advantages for Common Loons Using Rafts on Lakes With Stable and Fluctuating Water Levels. Accepted to Journal of Wildlife Management, September 2006.

Kramar, David E., Goodale, W., Kennedy, L., Carstensen, L., Kaur, T. Relating Land Cover and Mercury Levels in Common Loons Using Geographic Information Systems, Ecotoxicology, Vol. 14, 2005

Kaur, Taranjit, Singh, J., Goodale, W., Kramar, D., Nelson, P. Development of a Cyber-Infrastructure for Integrated Assessments of Environmental Contaminants, Ecotoxicology, Vol. 14, 2005

For additional publications see my full CV


Professor of Geography

Office: TA 119
Phone: (541) 552 6281 
Fax: (541) 552-6439

Research Interests

Comparative Environmental Management Systems; Geographic issues of Asia, Latin America, and the Slavic states.



Professor of Biology

Office: TA 116
Phone: 541-552-6253


Ph.D., MA, 1983, Biology, University of California, Santa Barbara

BA with Honors, Biology, 1977, Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park, California

Professional CV 

Alissa's Eco-Adventures

I am relatively new to the ES faculty, after working in administration for some years previously. I try to bring a different perspective to the Environments Studies Program from my background and experience working in marine ecosystems. I am trained as a traditional biologist with a specialization in ecological physiology, and I have study and published on adaptations of marine organisms to habitats ranging from mudflats to hydrothermal vents.

I thoroughly enjoy fostering the basic understanding of biological principles and concepts, and I work to enrich my teaching with experiences from my fieldwork and research. I teach lower division general education courses in Biology and Environmental Studies, ES entry-level majors courses such as Environmental Studies I and II, as well as, Oceanography and senior and graduate level seminars. And who knows what the future might bring? I look forward to exploring it with our bright and committed SOU students.



Professor of Anthropology
Director, Southern Oregon University Laboratory of Anthropology

Office: TA 230
Phone: 541-552-6345

PhD, University of Oregon, 2000

Areas of Interest:

  • Ethnohistory and prehistory of the West Coast and Northeast of North America
  • Persistence and innovation of cultural identity in colonial contexts
  • Cultural ecology of maritime hunter gatherers
  • Ethnohistory, archival/oral history research
  • Spatial analysis of archaeological data, zooarchaeology, geoarchaeology
  • Cultural resource management
  • European archaeology (particularly Norse)


  • Society for American Archaeology
  • American Anthropological Association
  • Association of Oregon Archaeologists

Selected Publications:

2014 Ambiguity and Manifest Destiny:  The Changing Role of Fort Lane in the Cultural Landscape of the Oregon Territory, 1853-2007.  Chapter in Conceptualizing Colonial Pasts through the Archaeology of the Colonized.  Neal Ferris and Rodney Harrison, editors. Oxford University. With Amy Cohen, In Press.  

2014 The Spatial Layout and Development of Fort Lane, Oregon Territory 1853-1856.  In Alis Volat Propris: Tales From the Oregon Territory, 1848-1859.  Occasional Papers No. 9, Pp. 127-146, edited by Chelsea Rose and Mark Tveskov. Association of Oregon Archaeologists, Eugene, Oregon (with Katie Johnson)

2008 Chert Workshop Sites in Southwest Oregon: The View from the Coquille Point and Midnight Dig Sites. In, Dunes, Headlands, Estuaries, and Rivers: Current Archaeological Research on the Oregon Coast. Occasional Papers of the Association of Oregon Archaeologists No 8. Edited by Guy L. Tasa and Brian L. O’Neill page 107-118.

2007 Social Identity and Culture Change on the Southern Northwest Coast.  American Anthropologist 109(3):431-441.

2007 The Limpy Creek Site (35JO39): A Contact Period Fishing Camp on the Rogue River, Southwest Oregon.  University of Oregon AnthropologicalPapers 67.  Eugene: University of Oregon. (Brian O'Neill and Mark Tveskov).    

2007 Vikings, Vixens, and Valhalla: Hollywood Depictions of the Norse.  In Box Office Archaeology: Refining Hollywood’s Portrayals of the Past, Pp. 34-50, edited by Julie M. Schablitsky.  Left Coast Press, Walnut Creek.  (with Jon Erlandson)

Selected Presentations:

2007 Symposium Organizer and Chair: The Finest Place in North America: The Archaeology of Forts of the Oregon Territory. Society for Historical Archaeology Conference, Williamsburg VA.

2007 They are Killing Indians in the Valley: The Archaeology of Fort Lane, Oregon. Paper presented at the Symposium: The Finest Place in North America: The Archaeology of Forts of the Oregon Territory. Society for Historical Archaeology Conference, Williamsburg VA.

2006 The Fort Lane Archaeology Project. Invited banquet speech at the 7th Annual Oregon Heritage Conference, Coos Bay, Oregon. Sponsored by the Oregon Heritage Commission and the Coquille Indian Tribe.2006 Identity and Culture Change on the Southern Northwest Coast. Paper presented at the symposium Northwest Native Cultural Persistence and Change in the Post-Contact Period: Insights from Archaeological and material Culture Studies at the 59th Annual Northwest Anthropological Conference, Seattle.