University of Oregon

Department of Landscape Architecture

Doctoral Student Profiles

Current Students

Gwynne Mhuireach
Noah Kerr
Herve Memiaghe 



Hope Rising
Hong Wu
Homero Marconi Penteado
Chris Enright
Lanbin Ren 

Gwynne Mhuireach

Ph.D. candidate in Landscape Architecture, University of Oregon
Master of Architecture, University of Oregon (2012)
B.S. in Biology (Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Track), University of Washington (1999)
Gwynne Mhuireach
I was raised on a small family farm in rural Klamath Falls, Oregon, where I learned the value of spending time outdoors and working hard. The purpose of my doctoral research is to investigate how airborne microbial communities vary with the amount, structural diversity, and/or species composition of green space across 50 sites in Eugene, Oregon. The intent of this project is to determine whether microbes constitute a plausible mechanism through which urban vegetation may influence public health. Recent findings suggest that exposure to a high diversity of microbes during early life, for example through living in highly vegetated environments like farms or forests, may have specific health benefits, including immune system development and stimulation. My research is partially supported by an EPA STAR Fellowship and a Graduate Research Fellowship from SRG Partnership, Inc., in Portland.
Committee:         Bart Johnson (co-Chair)
                            Jessica Green (co-Chair)

Noah Kerr       
Ph.D. student in Landscape Architecture, University of Oregon
M.S.  in Historic Preservation, University of Oregon (2014)
B.A. in History, Hillsdale College, MI (2008)
Noah Kerr
I am native of rural Southern Michigan and have spent significant time working in New England and North Carolina before surrendering to Oregon’s persistent allure. My research follows an interest in cultural landscape interpretation, focusing on the use of repeat photography to reveal human changes in pre-1945 landscapes of the Pacific Northwest. This line of inquiry flows from my background in historic preservation theory and field methods, as well as work with cultural resource management. My current fellowship work with the Cultural Landscape Research Group (CLRG) investigates climate change effects within significant historic landscape sites in the National Parks.
Committee:        Robert Z. Melnick (Chair)

Herve Roland Memiaghe
Ph.D. student in Landscape Architecture, University of Oregon
M.S. in Conservation Ecology, University of Stellenbosch, South Africa (2008)
Diplôme Universitaire d’Etudes Scientifique (DUES), Biology-Geology-Chemistry, Université des Sciences 
     et Techniques de MASUKU, Franceville, Gabon (2003)
Baccalauréat série de D, Collège Bessieux, Gabon (1999)

Herve Memiaghe

I was born and raised in Libreville, Makokou, and Kango in Gabon, Africa, and grew up in places that are surrounded by the forest and where each activity such as planting, hunting, and fishing, is driven by the movement of the sun. I am interested in the long-term conservation of the Congo Basin Forest, and have been working to understand the dynamics of this Central African tropical forest, which is threatened by the increasing exploitation of natural resources. My research explores how an efficient participatory planning process can support sustainable exploitation and ecosystem conservation, and thereby reduce the detrimental impacts of anthropogenic activities on the function and health of this landscape.
Committee:        Bart Johnson (Chair)

Hope Hui Rising
Ph.D. in Landscape Architecture, University of Oregon (2015)
Master of Landscape Architecture, University of Michigan (2000)
Master of Urban Planning, University of Michigan (2000)
B.S. in Civil Engineering; Architecture and Planning (Minor), National Taiwan University, Taiwan (1996)

I was born in Taipei, and have lived in seven countries on four continents, and spent the last twenty years in the Midwest and both coasts of the U.S. My dissertation investigates how to introduce water into cities to engender a more coherent city image and to facilitate environmental adaptation.


Water Urbanism: Building More Coherent Cities
Committee:        Robert Ribe (Chair)
                           Deni Ruggeri
                           Amy Lobben
                           Elliot Berkman (Institutional Representative)

Hong Wu
Ph.D. in Landscape Architecture, University of Oregon (2014)
M.S. in Landscape Architecture, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China (2007)
Bachelor of Architecture, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China (2005)
I grew up in southeast China, the city of Jingdezhen, a city known as the "porcelain capital" of China, with 1700 years of history producing pottery. My broad research interest lies in ecological planning, watershed management, urban hydrology, and green infrastructure.  My doctoral dissertation explores the combined effects of urbanization and climate change on stream ecosystems, and potential strategies to mitigate the impacts.  In particular, I focus on the effectiveness of watershed-scale stormwater Best Management Practices, and of alternative urban development patterns, for conserving aquatic ecosystem health.  
Dissertation title:
Protecting Stream Ecosystem Health in the Face of Rapid Urbanization and Climate Change
Committee:      Bart Johnson (Chair)
David Hulse
Robert Ribe
Patricia McDowell (Institutional Representative)

Homero Marconi Penteado

Ph.D. in Landscape Architecture, University of Oregon (2014)
Master of Landscape Architecture, University of Guelph, Canada (2004)
Master of Architecture, Universidade de Sao Paulo, Brazil (2000)
Bachelor of Architecture and Urbanism, Universidade de Sao Paulo, Brazil (1995)
I grew up in Piracicaba, Brazil, a city where the beautiful but damaged Piracicaba River runs. The proximity to that river has molded my concerns as a landscape architect and researcher. My research explores a modeling approach for planning open space systems that aim to sustain biodiversity in areas facing urban expansion. I am interested in quantitative approaches to evaluate how spatial concepts based on landscape ecology theories affect wildlife populations. My investigation adopts an alternative futures study to test open space spatial concepts for patches, corridors and networks in combination with compact and dispersed urban development patterns, and an individual-based wildlife model to simulate the effects of habitat configuration on wildlife population sizes.
Open Space as an Armature for Urban Expansion: A Future Scenarios Study to Assess the Effects of Spatial Concepts on Wildlife Populations
Committee:        David Hulse (Chair)
                           Bart Johnson
                           Robert Ribe
                           John Bolte
                           Mark Gillem (Institutional Representative)

Chris Enright
Ph.D. in Landscape Architecture, University of Oregon (2013)
Master of Landscape Architecture, University of Oregon (2006)
Bachelor of Landscape Architecture, University of Oregon (2003)
B.A. in Botany, University of California Santa Barbara (1984)
Although born elsewhere, the Pacific Northwest is my home. My dissertation, A Landscape Approach to Ecosystem Services in Oregon's Southern Willamette Valley Agricultural Landscape, proposes a landscape approach to ecosystem services in which they play a role in the intentional coevolution of social/ ecological systems.  My research explores the potential for floodplain agricultural landscapes in Oregon's Willamette Valley to provide ecosystem services using an alternative futures framework in which a set of the landscape's biophysical processes are quantified using a geographic information system and aspects of sociocultural processes are explored through qualitative interviews with farmers. The biophysical and sociocultural research components are integrated into an alternative futures framework to compare the current landscape with a future landscape in which agricultural production includes ecosystem services.
A Landscape Approach to Ecosystem Services in Oregon's Southern Willamette Valley Agricultural Landscape
 Committee:           David Hulse (Chair)
                               Bart Johnson
                               Thomas Oles
                               Stanley Gregory
                               Susan Hardwick (Institutional Representative)

Lanbin Ren

Ph.D. in Landscape Architecture, University of Oregon (2012)
M.S. in Architecture, University of Cincinnati (2007)
Master of Architecture, South China University of Technology, Guangzhou, China (2005) 
Bachelor of Architecture, Chang An University, Xi'an, China (2002)
I was born in Harbin, China and raised in Xi’an. I now live in Eugene, Oregon with my husband and two daughters. I had approximately six years of professional experience, primarily in architectural and landscape architectural design with a dedication to social, cultural, and ecological sustainability, before I came to the University of Oregon. At UO, I primarily focused my scholarship on the integration of architecture and landscape architecture in sustainable design. For example, my doctoral dissertation: examines park-above-parking projects – ground level parks with below-grade parking garages – and illustrates the contributions of such combined space in urban sustainability.
Park-above-Parking Downtown: A Spatial-based Impact Investigation
Committee:      Mark Gillem (Chair)
Deni Ruggeri 
Robert Ribe
                         Yizhao Yang (Institutional Representative)