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Curriculum Vitae

M.A. 2010, Geography, California State University Northridge
B.A. 2004, Geography/Environmental Studies, University of California at Los Angeles

Beau MacDonald is a GIS Project Specialist for the Spatial Sciences Institute at the University of Southern California. She provides data analysis, geoprocessing, mapping, graphics, and writing support; is experienced with environmental modeling, historical ecology, cartography and design; promotes the use of geographical information science concepts and technologies for interdisciplinary synthesis; directs Wilson Map Lab student research teams; and is available through the USC Spatial Help Desk. Her recent research at USC Spatial includes partnerships with the Southern California Clinical and Translational Science Institute and the Southern California Environmental Health Science Center at the Keck School of Medicine at USC; the Children’s Data Network at the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work; the USC Dornsife Center for Religion and Civic Culture and Department of History; the City of Los Angeles GeoHub; and Operation Smile.

Before coming to USC Spatial, Beau worked with the Center for Geographical Studies at California State University Northridge. She is an advocate for Women in GIS and is an applied biogeographer with research interests that involve the distribution, abundance, resilience, conservation and sustainability of threatened and endangered communities and creatures that persist along the edges and within the confines of built environments – including birds, checkerspot and blue butterflies, wetlands, urban farms, and Angelenos.

Recent publications:
Paudel, S, Benavides, JC, MacDonald B, Longcore T, Wilson GWT, Loss, SR. 2017. Determinants of native and non-native plant community structure on an oceanic island. Ecosphere 8: e01927.
Paudel, S, Wilson GWT, MacDonald B, Longcore T, Loss, SR. 2016. Predicting spatial extent of invasive earthworms on an oceanic island. Diversity and Distributions 22:1013–1023.
Paudel, S, Longcore T, MacDonald B, McCormick, MK, Szlavecz, K, Wilson GWT, Loss, SR. 2016. Belowground interactions with aboveground consequences: invasive earthworms and arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi. Ecology 97: 605–614.
Longcore, T, Rich, C, Mineau, P, MacDonald, B et al. 2013. Avian mortality at communication towers in the United States and Canada: which species, how many, and where? Biological Conservation 158: 410–419.
Longcore, T, Rich, C, Mineau, P, MacDonald, B et al. 2012. An estimate of avian mortality at communication towers in the United States and Canada. PLoS ONE 7: e34025.

Selected geospatial analysis, applications, cartography and graphics from USC Spatial:
Figures 1–50 in Wilson, JP. 2018. Environmental Applications of Digital Terrain Modeling. Oxford, UK: Wiley. In preparation.
Operation Smile Mexico Needs Assessment 2017.
Los Feliz Congregations in Flory, R et al. 2015. Mapping the new landscape of religion: block-by-block in a changing Los Angeles neighborhood. Boom: a journal of California 5:34–43.