Mark Adams

Adjunct Faculty

I am a post-doctoral research geographer with the U.S. Forest Service Pacific Northwest Research Station, based in Portland, Oregon.  I currently serve on an Humboldt Forestry & Wildland Resource graduate committee.  I have previously been an independent GIS research contractor, adjunct professor of environmental studies in Maine, and a GIS / planning analyst for Oregon Metro.


Ph.D., Geography, University of Wisconsin-Madison
M.S., Land Resources, University of Wisconsin-Madison
B. Arch, Rice University


My research focuses on the relationships among adoption and implementation of natural resources and land use policy, land use/land cover change, and demographic conditions and trends in communities impacted by those policies.  My projects utilize GIS spatial analysis of demographic, management activity, political, and land cover data.  
I am a co-lead for ongoing social and economic monitoring of the Northwest Forest Plan conducted by the U.S. Forest Service, and for development of a novel social and economic monitoring protocol for the Coos Bay District of the Bureau of Land Management.   I am also involved with an emerging effort within the USFS to develop and apply new environmental justice mapping and assessment protocols for NEPA, planning, and policy analysis.


Adams, M.D.O., and S. Charnley. 2020.  The environmental justice implications of managing hazardous forest fuels on federal lands in the American West.  Annals of the American Association of Geographers 110(6): 1907-1935. 

Adams M.D.O., and S. Charnley. 2018. Environmental Justice and U. S. Forest Service hazardous fuels reduction: a spatial method for impact assessment of federal resource management actions.  Applied Geography 90: 257-271. 

Santo, A., M. Coughlan, H. Huber-Stearns, M.D.O. Adams and G. Kohler.  2021. Changes in relationships between the US Forest Service and rural communities in the Northwest Forest Plan area amid declines in agency staffing.  Journal of Forestry (2021): 1–14.

Steen-Adams, M.M., R. McClain, S. Charnley, M.D.O.Adams, and K. Wendel.  2019. Traditional knowledge of fire-use by the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs in the eastside Cascades of Oregon.  Forest Ecology and Management 450 (15 October): 117405. 

Steen-Adams, M.M., S. Charnley and M.D.O. Adams. 2017.  Historical perspective on the influence of wildfire policy, law, and informal institutions on management and forest resilience in a multi-ownership, frequent-fire, coupled human and natural system in Oregon, USA.  Ecology and Society 22(3): 23.

Morgan, P., and M.D.O. Adams.  2017.  Tidal marshes in the Saco River estuary, Maine: a study of plant diversity and possible effects of shoreline development.  Rhodora 119 (980): 11. 

Steen-Adams, M.M., N.E. Langston, M.D.O. Adams, and D.J. Mladenoff.  2015.  A historical framework to characterize long-term CHANS feedbacks: Application to a multiple-ownership landscape in the northern Great Lakes region, USA.  Ecology and Society 20(1): 28.