Marcos Luna

Marcos Luna

Professional Details

Title: Professor
Office: MH-326F
Phone: 978-542-6487
Email: marcos.luna@salemstate.edu
Website: http://www.salemstate.edu/~mluna

Fall & Winter Courses

Cat. # Term Course # Title
1034 S1 GPH903 Geographic Information Systems
2848 02 GPH140 Introduction to Maps and Geographical Information Systems
2875 01 GPH301 Introduction to Quantitative Geography
2881 01 GPH340 Geographic Information Systems
3801 03 GPH140 Introduction to Maps and Geographical Information Systems
3969 D1 GPH875 Directed Study in Geography

Professional Biography

I received my Ph.D. in Urban Affairs and Public Policy with a concentration in Technology, Environment and Society from the University of Delaware in 2007. I received my M.A. in Geography from California State University, Los Angeles in 2000. Before coming to Salem State University, I worked as an Environmental Analyst for the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, and before that, as a GIS consultant for Native American tribes in the Southwest and Northwest. In addition, I have held research assistantships in grant-funded remote sensing and spatial analysis projects and have participated in various health and environmental public service projects in Massachusetts, Delaware and California.

Professional Interests

My areas of expertise and interest include GIS analysis, Energy, Environmental Justice, Environmental Policy, Environmental History, Political Ecology, Public Health, and Social Justice and Inequality.

I am particularly interested in applications of geospatial technology to environmental sustainability and environmental justice challenges.

I am also interested in histories of landscape, environmental change, and perception. I am currently working on a project to document and understand how seasonality was represented and understood in early America, and how those representations or perceptions did, and did not, correspond with local geographic realities.

Responsibilities

I am a Professor in the Department of Geography and the Graduate Program Coordinator for the Geo-Information Sciences program at Salem State University. I teach undergraduate courses on Geographic Information Systems (GIS), map interpretation and cartography, Energy and the Environment, and Environmental Justice, as well as graduate courses on GIS and its applications to analysis and research.

I serve on the Earth Days Planning Committee (as webmaster), and I am the Geography Department's liaison for the Gamma Theta Upsilon (GTU) International Geographical Honor Society.

Selected Publications

Luna, Marcos. 2016. Analysis of Equity Impacts of Cancellation of MBTA Late-Night Service. A report to the Conservation Law Foundation, Alternatives for Community & Environment, and the Greater Four Corners Action Coalition.

Luna, Marcos. 2015. Review of Walden Warming: Climate Change Comes to Thoreau’s Woods. The Northeastern Geographer.

Luna, Marcos, Tyler Abegg, and Fatou Mandiang. 2015. Analysis of the Salem State University Transit Network: An Assessment of Commuter Travel Timeliness and Efficiency. A Report to the North Shore Transportation Management Association (TMA) and the Salem State University Transportation Committee. 

Estrella-Luna, Neenah, and Marcos Luna. 2015. Analysis of Environmental Justice Criteria for Defining “Environmental Justice Populations” in Massachusetts. A Report to the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs on behalf of the Massachusetts Interagency Working Group on Environmental Justice and Alternatives for Community & Environment.

Luna, Marcos. 2014. "Equity in Transportation Planning: An Analysis of the Boston Region Metropolitan Planning Organization." The Professional Geographer 67(2):282-291.

Luna, Marcos. 2012. The Environment since 1945. New York: Facts on File.

Luna, Marcos. 2011. Equity Analysis of Boston MPO: An Analysis of Representation and Voting Structure. A Report to Alternatives for Community and Environment.

Luna, Marcos. 2011. Review of Eden on the Charles: the Making of Boston. The Northeastern Geographer 3.

Luna, Marcos. 2010.  Review of Capitalizing on Environmental Injustice: The Polluter-Industrial Complex in the Age of Globalization. The Northeastern Geographer 2: 82.

Luna, et al. 2010. Voter Participation and Demographics in Lowell, MA: A GIS Study. A Report to ONE Lowell and the City of Lowell, Massachusetts.

________. 2009. “Undergraduate Research: An Inquiry .” ASpect May Issue.

Luna, Marcos. 2008. “Out of Sight, Out of Mind: Distancing and theGeographic Relationship Between Electricity Consumption and Productionin Massachusetts.” Social Science Quarterly 89(5): 578.

Luna, et al. 2008. Estimate of Limited English Speaking Eligible Voters in Select Communities of the Boston Metropolitan Area. A Report to Greater Boston Legal Services.

________. 2008. “1984 Bhopal Tragedy” in Disasters, Accidents, and Crises in American History: A Reference Guide to the Nation’s Most Catastrophic Events ed. Ballard C. Campbell (New York: Facts on File).

________. 2008. “1978 Love Canal Crisis” in Disasters, Accidents, and Crises in American History: A Reference Guide to the Nation’s Most Catastrophic Events ed. Ballard C. Campbell (New York: Facts on File).

________. 2008. “1948 Donora Smog Tragedy” in Disasters, Accidents, and Crises in American History: A Reference Guide to the Nation’s Most Catastrophic Events ed. Ballard C. Campbell (New York: Facts on File).

________. 2008. “United States Public Health Service” in Disasters, Accidents, and Crises in American History: A Reference Guide to the Nation’s Most Catastrophic Events ed. Ballard C. Campbell (New York: Facts on File).

________. 2007. “Experiential Learning.” ASpect 30 (May): 5.

________. 2006. “Region’s Energy Needs Loom Large.” Boston Globe, 1 October, Sunday Business section.

________. 2004. Review of Laboratory of Justice: The Supreme Court's 200 Year Struggle to Integrate Science and the Law, by David Faigman. Bimonthly Review of Law Books 15 (6): 13.

Baca, A., Vincent, J., Luna, M., Zhou, F.,LaDochy, S., and Nickolaisen, S. 2000. “Fine-Scale Sampling andAnalysis for Heavy Metals and Nitrogen- and Sulfur-Containing Speciesin East Los Angeles.” In Air Pollution VIII: 8th International Conference on Air Pollution 2000, edited by Brebbia, et al., 273-282. Southampton, UK: Wessex Institute of Technology Press.

Qiu,H., Gamon, J.A., and Luna, M.1998. “Monitoring Post Fire Succession inthe Santa Monica Mountains using Hyperspectral Imagery.” Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering 3502:201-208.

Selected Presentations

Luna, M. The Environmental Justice Benefits of Increasing Solar Energy. Presentation at MassPIRG Kick-Off Event at Salem State University (September 17, 2015). 

Luna, M. A Season for all of America: Understanding the American seasonal imaginary. Presented to the International Conference of Historical Geographers 2015 (ICHG) at the Royal Geographical Society in London, England (July 6, 2015).

Luna, M. Geography of Segregation. Presented at The Ferguson Forum: Panel and discussion on systemic racism, the law and its relevance for communities of color. Hosted by Center for Diversity and Multicultural Affairs at Salem State University in Salem, Massachusetts (October 21, 2014).

Luna, M. Climate Change Impacts in Boston. Presented at the first Climate Justice workshop hosted by Alternatives for Community & Environment (ACE) in Roxbury, Massachusetts (June 11, 2014).

Luna, M. The Patrimonialization of American Seasonal Landscapes. Presented at the annual New England-St. Lawrence Valley (NESTVAL) regional geography conference in Worcester, MA (October 18, 2013).

Luna, M. The Geography of Seasonal Symbols in America. Presented at the Boston Athenaeum in Boston, MA (July 29, 2013).

Luna, M. Geospatial Science as a STEM Subject. GET ENERGIZED! Powering the Future with Green STEM Education. Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology, Boston, MA (May 15, 2013).

Luna, M. The Geography of Seasonal Symbols in America. Presented at the annual Association of American Geographers conference in Los Angeles, California (April 11, 2013).

Luna, M. How Recycling Helps the Environment. An invited presentation to 5th grade science students at Brickett Elementary School in Lynn, Massachusetts (November 19, 2012).

Kohn, A. and M. Luna. Building a Community Energy Atlas. Presented at the annual Association of American Geographers conference in New York City (March 28, 2012).

Luna, M. Making MPOs mind their Ps and Qs: A challenge to social and environmental equity in metropolitan transportation planning. Presented at the annual Association of American Geographers conference in New York City (March 27, 2012).

Luna, M. Panelist. Energy Geographies: what, how and where do we teach energy issues? Presented at the annual Association of American Geographers conference in New York City (March 27, 2012).

Luna, M. At the intersection of wealth, poverty, and the environment: A look at historic environmental controversies through an environmental justice framework. Invited guest lecture at Northeastern University, Boston, Massachusetts (April 2011).

Luna, M. Voter Participation and Demographics in Lowell, MA: A GIS Study. Presented to ONE Lowell and the City of Lowell at Middlesex Community College, Lowell, Massachusetts. (September 30, 2010)

Hu, Y., Kenney, E., Luna, M., McGovern, M., and Theis, J. "Research Support @ Salem State." Presented at Salem State University Opening Day, Workshop Session B. (September 2, 2009)

Aske, J., Branscomb, E. Hains, R. and Luna, M. "Fostering Interdisciplinary Connections: A Roundtable Discussion." Presented at Salem State University Opening Day, Workshop Session A. (September 2, 2009)

Young, S., Ratner, K., and Luna, M. "Geographic Perspectives on the Future of Essex County." Presented to the Board of Directors of the Essex County Community Foundation, Mullen Advertising Agency, Wenham, Massachusetts. (April 4, 2009)

Luna. M. "Environmental Crises as (Sometime) Windows of PolicyOpportunity." Presented at the New England Historical AssociationConference, Northeastern University, Boston, Massachusetts. (April 26,2008)

Luna, M. "Exploring Environmental Equity throughthe Production and Consumption of Electricity in Massachusetts."Presented at the New England-St. Lawrence Valley (NESTVAL) division ofthe Association of American Geographers Conference, New Haven,Connecticut. (Nov 3, 2007)

Luna, M. "A Call for a ‘FairShare’ Principle as a fundamental aspect of Environmental Justice: TheCape Wind Project and Nantucket Sound." Presented at the AnnualAssociation of American Geographers Conference, Chicago, Illinois.(March 9, 2006)

Luna,M. "Environmental Justice." Panel discussant at the CrossroadsConversations on Justice, sponsored by the Salem State CollegeInterdisciplinary Studies Department, Salem, Massachusetts. (March 6,2006)