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1999 Ph.D., Geography, University of California, Los Angeles
1995 M.A., Geography, University of California, Los Angeles
1993 Honors B.A., Geography, University of Delaware

Travis Longcore is Assistant Professor of Architecture, Spatial Sciences, and Biological Sciences at the University of Southern California, where he holds a joint appointment in the USC School of Architecture and the USC Spatial Sciences Institute.

His research interest is urban ecology and conservation, with emphasis on: conservation planning 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 25 peer-reviewed articles in journals such as Conservation Biology, Biological Conservation, 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 is an accomplished environmental policy consultant, having provided extensive expert commentary and analysis in dozens of environmental cases, for local, regional, and national organizations on issues as diverse as “towerkill” of migratory birds at communications towers, the proposed delisting of the Yellowstone population of grizzly bears, the ecological impacts of pesticides on birds, and numerous residential, recreational, and commercial development projects.

Among his accomplishments, Dr. Longcore co-developed science-based habitat restoration program and native plant nursery for coastal dune habitats and transferred operation to nonprofit training at-risk youth and young adults; directed the growth of a yearlong senior practicum problems course for a B.S. program in environmental science, with competitive selection of student group projects for off-campus clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to local nonprofits; and managed a successful captive breeding program for endangered California butterflies.