Employees based at INR's Portland office, located at Portland State University.

Jamie Damon

SageCon Coordinator

Since 1986, Ms. Damon has worked as a mediator and facilitator with individuals, citizen groups and local, state and federal government agencies to guide individuals and groups through controversial and highly contentious situations. She has mediated/facilitated over 1200 cases ranging from neighbor-to-neighbor issues to complex multi-party disputes, and has successfully designed, facilitated and managed controversial public policy processes in Oregon, Washington and Alaska addressing issues involving public works, transportation, land use, natural resources, emergency services, public facilities, internal work teams, cultural resources, historic preservation and legislative issues. 

Bo Zhou

Remote Sensing/GIS Analyst

Bo uses satellite imagery and other geographic data to map vegetation communities, model distributions of plant and animal species, and detect change. Before coming to Portland State University, he had conducted urban sprawl studies and invasive vegetation mapping in the state of Missouri.

John Clark

Courtesy Faculty
Research Faculty Associate

John joined INR and the Oregon Biodiversity Information Center as a courtesy faculty member in November 2013. John’s professional interests are in landscape ecology, soil biogeochemistry and ecological restoration.  John’s research has examined (1) the recovery of organic carbon in post-agricultural soils, (2) how soil properties are influenced by topography and geology in tropical montane forests, and (3) assessments of wetlands and wetland buffer health.  John is currently testing methods for improving Oregon’s hydric soils map units for use in potentially restorable wetland assessments.

Prior to working with INR, John worked with the state of New Jersey’s Natural Heritage Program, the University of Pennsylvania Earth & Environmental Science Department and the USDA Forest Service Northern Global Change Program.  John’s Ph.D. and post-doctoral research have taken him to the Luquillo Mountains of Puerto Rico, the Adirondack, Taconic and Berkshire Mountains of western New England, the Upper- Midwest Great Lakes region and the wetland ecosystems of New Jersey and Delaware.

Jesse Downing

Student Database/GIS Technician

Jesse is post-baccalaureate geography student at Portland State University focusing on water resources and GIS. Jesse enjoys statistics and data analysis; His interests include urban parks and natural areas, urban streams, and the distribution of habitat corridors in cities. Prior to PSU, Jesse earned his bachelor’s degree and GIS graduate certificate at Oregon State University, and he has also worked as a GIS intern for Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District.

He enjoys cycling, hiking, kayaking and traveling.   

Matthew Lee

GIS Technician & Vegetation Mapping Field Crew Leader

Matt works on collecting field data for remote sensing and mapping of vegetation communities in Washington National Parks. He is currently doing aerial photo interpretation of Pine Creek Conservation Area of central Oregon and detecting juniper change throughout Eastern Oregon. Matt has worked as a botanist and ecologist conducting research in various locations throughout North America.

Miles Hemstrom

ILAP Technical Team Lead/Senior Ecologist

Miles A. Hemstrom is the Technical Lead for the Integrated Landscape Assessment project.  From 2001-2012 he was a Research Ecologist for the USDA Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station at the Portland Forestry Sciences Laboratory. Miles's current research interests include: 1) understanding and modeling landscape interactions of vegetation, fire and other disturbances, invasive plants, and management in east-side Oregon and Washington ecosystems, 2) understanding, modeling and inventory of riparian/streamside conditions at watershed and larger scales with a focus on eastern Oregon and Washington, and 3) application of landscape models to landscape planning and assessments.

Miles's professional experience includes service as Area Ecologist for the Willamette and Siuslaw National Forests (1980-1992), Group Leader for Ecology, Silviculture and Inventory in the Rocky Mountain Region of the USDA Forest Service (1992-1994), Regional Ecologist for the Pacific Northwest Region of the USDA Forest Service (1994-1999), Science Team Ecologist for the Interior Columbia River Basin Ecosystem Management Project (1999-2001).

Theresa Burcsu

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Modeling Analyst

Theresa is a biogeographer and landscape ecologist with research and teaching expertise in spatial analysis, simulation modeling, and remote sensing. As an analyst with INR, her work and research has focused largely on (1) how landscapes are influenced by human pressures such as management and development and (2) the development of conservation goals for dynamic, heterogeneous landscapes at a variety of spatial scales.

Prior to working with INR, Theresa worked with the USDA Forest Service Pacific Northwest Research Station; University of Florida Department of Geography; and completed her Ph.D. research in Oaxaca, Mexico.

John Bauer

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GIS Analyst

John is a GIS Analyst, working with INR and The Wetlands Conservancy in assembling an enhanced statewide wetlands GIS database for Oregon, and identifying priority areas for wetland restoration in Oregon.

Sue Vrilakas

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Botany Data Manager

Sue has worked for the Oregon Natural Heritage Information Center for the past twenty two years. As the Botany Data Manager, Sue is responsible for information relating to the rare vascular plants in the state and for the maintenance of the general data system. Sue worked and volunteered with Jean Siddall and the Oregon Rare Plant Project for five years prior to joining the Oregon Natural Heritage Program of The Nature Conservancy.

Eric Nielsen

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Remote Sensing/GIS Analyst

Eric uses satellite imagery and other geographic data to map vegetation communities, model distributions of plant and animal species, and detect change across Oregon and the national parks of Washington state. Before assuming the position in front of a computer, he spent a few years doing itinerant botany and ecology fieldwork in many parts of North America.

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