Marcos Luna

Marcos Luna

Professional Details

Title: Associate Professor
Office: MH-326F
Phone: 978-542-6487
Email: marcos.luna@salemstate.edu
Resume: Marcos Luna [PDF 29KB]
Website: http://www.salemstate.edu/~mluna

Fall & Winter Courses

Cat. # Term Course # Title
3313 09 GPH100P Weather and Climate
3336 01 GPH140 Introduction to Maps and Geographical Information Systems
3337 02 GPH140 Introduction to Maps and Geographical Information Systems

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 Energy, Environmental Justice, Environmental Policy, Environmental History, Political Ecology, Public Health, Social Justice and Inequality, and GIS analysis.

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 an Associate Professor in the Department of Geography 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, the College of Arts and Sciences Strategic Planning Committee, and I am a member the Geography Department's committee for the Gamma Theta Upsilon (GTU) International Geographical Honor Society.

Selected Publications

Luna, Marcos. Forthcoming. "Equity in Transportation Planning: An Analysis of the Boston Region Metropolitan Planning Organization." Professional Geographer.

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, 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 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)

Estrella-Luna, N. and Luna, M. "Challenges tograssroots, community based environment and health projects: Lessonsfor supporters." Presented at the 132nd Annual Meeting of the AmericanPublic Health Association, Washington, D.C. (November 6 - 10, 2004)

Luna,M. "Understanding the ‘Toxic Tour’ as education and activism: Exploringthe potential for critical praxis." Presented at the 100th AnnualAssociation of American Geographers Conference, Philadelphia,Pennsylvania. (March 18, 2004)

Luna, M. "It's Not JustAbout the Environment Stupid: Ecological vs. Environmental Justice."Panel discussant at the National Association of Science, Technology,and Society Conference, Baltimore, Maryland. (February 20, 2004)

Luna,M. "The Limited Role of Environmental Health for Social Justice."Presented at the 131st Annual Meeting of the American Public HealthAssociation, San Francisco, California. (November 17, 2003)

Estrella-Luna,N. and Luna, M. "Learning from our mistakes: challenges to communitybased environment and health intervention." Co-presenter at theInternational Conference on Urban Health, New York City, New York.(October 15, 2003)

Luna, M. "The Limited Role ofEnvironmental Health for Social Justice." Presented at the NationalAssociation of Science, Technology, and Society Conference, Baltimore,Maryland. (February 22, 2003)