Presentation Type

Oral Presentation

Start Date

5-8-2024 9:00 AM

End Date

5-8-2024 11:00 AM

Subjects

Urban Soils, Social capital (Sociology)

Other

Emergency Management and Community Resilience

Advisor

Dr. Yu Xiao

Student Level

Masters

Abstract

Proposing soil nutrient testing as a model for community research and ecology education, this presentation considers pathways to raising public engagement with sustainability issues while enhancing community resilience and social capital. "Community Resilience in Portland Parkland Soils" represents my research thus far on the conjoined topics of urban soils and community efficacy, in which I have attempted to synthesize biogeophysical processes in city parklands with strategies for raising public awareness about urban ecosystems.

I measured and compared soil nitrogen levels at 8 iconic Portland area parks using commercially- available garden test kits, while concurrently researching the historical and contemporary land uses of each site, demographic characteristics of the surrounding neighborhoods, and consulting social science sources to inform my thinking about how neighborhoods and cities can become better- equipped to face the challenges of climate change, disaster preparedness, and barriers to social cohesion.

I present my ideas through a lens of equity, and propose solutions that center local knowledge and cultural life-ways while avoiding the one-way extraction of data out of communities by offering frameworks for applying citizen research to local conditions and issues.

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Community Resilience in Portland Parkland Soils

Proposing soil nutrient testing as a model for community research and ecology education, this presentation considers pathways to raising public engagement with sustainability issues while enhancing community resilience and social capital. "Community Resilience in Portland Parkland Soils" represents my research thus far on the conjoined topics of urban soils and community efficacy, in which I have attempted to synthesize biogeophysical processes in city parklands with strategies for raising public awareness about urban ecosystems.

I measured and compared soil nitrogen levels at 8 iconic Portland area parks using commercially- available garden test kits, while concurrently researching the historical and contemporary land uses of each site, demographic characteristics of the surrounding neighborhoods, and consulting social science sources to inform my thinking about how neighborhoods and cities can become better- equipped to face the challenges of climate change, disaster preparedness, and barriers to social cohesion.

I present my ideas through a lens of equity, and propose solutions that center local knowledge and cultural life-ways while avoiding the one-way extraction of data out of communities by offering frameworks for applying citizen research to local conditions and issues.