Jordan Smith

Ph.D. Geography
Graduate Assistant/Associate
TEMPE Campus
Mailcode
5302

Student Information

Graduate Student
Geography
Liberal Arts & Sciences

Biography

Jordan was born in Hanau, Hesse, Germany (US Army) and lived in Washington D.C. until he was five. His family then moved to Denton, Texas where he spent most of his childhood. He attended Rice University for his undergraduate where he was (and remains) a member of Baker College and earned degrees in Earth Science and Environmental Science. After that, Jordan remained in Houston for an additional four years, working for a multinational science and engineering firm as an environmental geologist where he specialized in environmental site assessments (mostly for oil and gas and other industrial facilities) and hazardous waste management (RCRA).

He enjoys food (both the eating and cooking of); collecting art, rocks and minerals, antique books, and vintage clothing and furniture; and attending estate sales. Jordan is active in the ASU chapters of SACNAS (Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science) and oSTEM (Out in STEM) and previously served as President of the SGSUP Graduate Student Comittee.

Education

2017 - M.A. (Geography) Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona

2010 - B.S. (Earth Science) Rice University, Houston, Texas

2010 - B.A. (Environmental Science) Rice University, Houston, Texas

 

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Research Interests

Jordan is a human-environment geographer. His interests lie in how humans and the natural environment interact with one another in arrays of complex and intricate systems and how these systems change over time. Social-ecological systems (SESs) are composed of feedback loops that can have potentially wide-reaching impacts in the wake of global environmental change. He is most interested in studying SESs in the context of global environmental change in order to gain a better understanding of how this change fundamentally affects the vulnerability and resilience of urban regions.

Research Group

Environmental Remote Sensing and Geoinformatics Lab

 

Publications

Aragon, N. U., Stuhlmacher, M., Smith, J. P., & Georgescu, M. (2018). Urban Agriculture’s Bounty: Contributions to Phoenix’s Sustainability Goals. (Manuscript in Progress)

Smith, J.P., Oshan, T.M., & Fotheringham, A.S. (2018). Obesity in the Phoenix Metropolitan Area: An examination of conventional indicators through geographically weighted regression. (Manuscript in Progress)

Fischer, Heather A. Peter Crank, Ryan Heintzman, Jordan P. Smith (eds). 2018. Introduction to Physical Geography: Lab Manual. Hayden-McNeil, Plymouth, MI.

Smith, J. P., Li, X., & Turner, B. L. (2017). Lots for greening: Identification of metropolitan vacant land and its potential use for cooling and agriculture in Phoenix, AZ, USA. Applied Geography, 85, 139–151. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.apgeog.2017.06.005

Research Activity

Environmental Remote Sensing and Geoinformatics Lab

Arizona State University: 06/2015-Present

Research Assistant to B.L. Turner, II (Part-Time)

  • Analyze land-use and land-cover change in the greater Phoenix metropolitan area under the Central Arizona–Phoenix Long-Term Ecological Research (CAP LTER) program.
  • Utilize both remote sensing and GIS techniques to develop a model to identify open, vacant land for urban agriculture applications

Institute of Applied Sciences

University of North Texas: 01/2005-08/2006

Student Researcher for Sam Atkinson (Part-Time)

  • Classified remotely sensed imagery to assess development impacts within the Trinity River Watershed

Courses

Spring 2019
Course Number Course Title
GPH 112 Intro to Phys Geography Lab
Spring 2018
Course Number Course Title
GPH 112 Intro to Phys Geography Lab
Fall 2017
Course Number Course Title
GPH 112 Intro to Phys Geography Lab
Spring 2017
Course Number Course Title
GPH 111 Intro to Physical Geography
Fall 2016
Course Number Course Title
GPH 111 Intro to Physical Geography

Presentations

Lots for Greening: Identification of Metropolitan Vacant Land and Its Potential Use for Cooling and Agriculture in Phoenix, AZ. Invited Colloquium Speaker, Morrison School of Agribusiness, ASU, November 8, 2017

Lots for Greening: Identification of Metropolitan Vacant Land and Its Potential Use for Cooling and Agriculture in Phoenix, AZ. Poster presentation, USDA-NIFA AFRI Bioeconomy, Climate Agroecosystems Annual Project Director Meeting, October 22, 2017

Lots of potential: Identification of metropolitan vacant land and its potential use for urban agriculture and cooling effects. Poster presentation, CAP LTER Annual Poster Symposium and All Scientists Meeting, January 13, 2017

Lots of Potential: Urban vacant land identification from high resolution remote sensing imagery." Session presentation at the Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting, April 1, 2016

Honors/Awards

Anthony J. Brazel Research Award (Arizona State University): 2018

Graduate College Fellowship (Arizona State University): 2018

University Graduate Fellowship (Arizona State University): 2016

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences LGBT Leadership Graduate Student Award (Arizona State University): 2016

Gilbert F. White Environment and Society Fellowship (Arizona State University): 2015-2016

American Indian Graduate Center Fellowship: 2014-2015, 2015-2016

Doctoral Enrichment Fellowship (Arizona State University): 2014-2015

Baker College  Senior Fellow and Student Service Award (Rice University): 2010

Geoffrey James Norris Memorial Scholarship (Rice University): 2008, 2009

Rice University Gay and Lesbian Alumni Assoc. Award: 2009

Texas Academy of Mathematics and Science Summer Research Grant: 2005

Chester O. Strickland Middle School Geography Bee Champion: 2002, 2003

Service

President; School of Geographic Sciences and Urban Planning Graduate Student Committee, Arizona State University: 2015 - 2016

Travel Grant Reviewer; Graduate and Professional Student Assoc., Arizona State University: 2014 - 2017

Graduate Mentor; Treasurer, Out in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (oSTEM): 2015 - Present

Graduate Mentor; Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS): 2015 - 2016

Admissions Interviewer; Rice University Alumni Volunteers for Admission: 2010 - Present

 

 

 

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Consulting

Kleinfelder, Inc., Houston, Texas: 06/2011-07/2014

Environmental Geologist

  • Conducted Phase I/II Environmental Site Assessments, subsurface investigations, soil and groundwater sampling, environmental compliance audits at oil and gas and hazardous waste facilities and interpreted analytical data and assisted with regulatory compliance and permitting in accordance with state and federal guidelines
  • Participated in RCRA Permit Renewal Applications for two commercial industrial hazardous waste treatment facilities and over ten RCRA Permit Modification Applications, acting as lead author of facility siting, site geology, contingency planning, and detection monitoring program sections

Industry Positions

Port of Houston Authority, Houston, Texas: 06/2007-08/2007

Environmental Affairs Department Intern

  • Conducted research for diesel engine retrofitting initiative for off-road cargo handling equipment
  • Assisted in the compilation of a ship traffic study used in the 2007 Goods Movement Air Emissions Inventory