OCCRI Researchers

Title: Dr.
Name: Narcisa G Pricope
Institution: Southern Oregon University
Department: Environmental Studies

Ph.D., University of Florida – Geography and Environmental Engineering
M.S., Western Kentucky University – Geosciences
B.A., Babes-Bolyai University – Geography and English

Research Theme: Narcisa’s work focuses on interdisciplinary, applied questions at the intersection between land change science, watershed science, and population geography, primarily focusing on understanding the vulnerability of different populations to environmental change in the context of transboundary-managed water and natural resources. Narcisa examines the drivers, patterns and impacts of vegetation change and degradation on both ecosystems and people, having previously mostly worked in the southern and eastern African drylands.

Research Fields:

Geographic Information Systems
Impacts Ecosystems and Populations
Impacts Physical
Mitigation/Adaptation Policy
Modeling Ecosystems

Professional Activities:

Lead author of the “Land” chapter with the United Nations Environment Program’s Global Environmental Outlook (Geo-5) prepared for and released at the Rio de Janeiro 2012 World Summit and United Nations Environment Programme Global Environment Outlook-5 (GEO-5) Fellow.

Reviewer for PLoS One, Journal of Environmental Monitoring and Assessment, Springer Inc., and African Studies Quarterly and on-going editorial role in the process of publication of the 4th Edition of Physical Geography by Harm de Blij, Peter Muller, Jim Burt, and Joe Mason, Oxford University Press.

Brown International Advanced Research Institutes (BIARI) Scholar Climate Change and its impacts: Regional Coupled Human-Natural Systems and Evidence-Based Policy Making, Brown University, June 2012.

Dissertations Initiative for the Advancement of Climate Change Research (DISCCRS) VII Symposium Scholar, sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and National Aeronautics and Space Agency (NASA), Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Professional memberships: American Association of Geographers (AAG) American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) American Geophysical Union (AGU) American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS) International Association for Landscape Ecology (US-IALE) National Resources Defense Council (NRDC)

Selected Publications:

Pricope, N.G., Michaelsen, J., Lopez-Carr, D., Funk, C., and Husak, G. 2012. The climate-population nexus in the East African Horn: emerging degradation trends in rangeland and pastoral livelihood zones. Global Environmental Change (In Review).

Pricope, N.G., Pardo, L. and Lopez-Carr, D.. “Vulnerability to Climate Change” 2013. Oxford Bibliographies in “Geography”. Ed. Barney Warf. New York: Oxford University Press, Entry Launch Date: March 2013. http://www.oxfordbibliographies.com/view/document/obo-9780199874002/obo-9780199874002-0040.xml

Pricope, N.G. 2013. Variable-source flood pulsing in a semi-arid transboundary watershed: The Chobe River, Botswana and Namibia. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment 185: 1883-1906 (featured as a key research article in Environment Progress, March 2013 issue).

Coordinating lead authors: T. Evans, C. Hunsberger; Lead authors: T. M. Aide, J. Albaladejo Montoro, S. M. Borras Jr., H. F. del Valle, T. Devisscher, J. Jabbour, S. Kant, D. Lopez-Carr, H. Masundire, N. G. Pricope (GEO Fellow) and R. Sanchez-Rodriguez; Contributing authors: M. T. Abdelhamid, B. Alfthan, F. Ayache, A. A. Berhe, C. Chinweze, J. Frelichova, L. Hislop, W. K. Pan, B.Schulte-Herbruggen, J. Smith, C. Souza Jr.,T. L. Timmins (GEO Fellow) and L. C. Zulu. 2012. Part I: Assessment of the State and Trends of the Global Environment. Chapter 1: Land. Fifth Global Environmental Outlook (GEO-5). Nairobi: United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). Pages: 65-96.

Pricope, N.G. and Binford, M.W. 2012. A spatio-temporal analysis of fire recurrence and extent for semi-arid savanna ecosystems using moderate resolution satellite imagery. Journal of Environmental Management 100: 72-85.