Assistant Professor (Senior Research), Instructor
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Wilkinson Hall

Wilkinson Hall 120

2601 SW Orchard Avenue

2601 SW Orchard Avenue
Corvallis, Oregon 97331

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Brief Research Interests: 

Land use, rural and regional resource evaluation



Land use planning (regional and rural) and analysis, urban ecology, social science.

Research Interests

Regional and rural land use planning and land use change; green infrastructure and low-impact development practices, risk perception, land use planning, and natural hazards management; urban ecology; water resource, and natural resource decision making; social science research methods; geospatial intelligence


Ph.D. Social Sciences, College of Forest Resources, University of Washington, 2007
Graduate Certificate in Urban Ecology, University of Washington, 2007
M.S. Social Sciences, College of Forest Resources, University of Washington, 2001
B.S. Environmental History, Utah State University, 1998


Geo 423/523 – Land Use in the American West (E-campus)
Geo 451/551 – Environmental Site Planning
Geo 452/552 – Principles and Practices of Rural and Resource Planning
Geo 465 – Geographic Information Systems and Science (E-campus)
NR 455 – Natural Resource Decision Making (on-campus & E-campus)
WRP 509 –Water Resources Practicum (E-campus)

Graduate Students

Christine Johnson, M.S. Forestry (current):  Adapting green infrastructure practices for rural communities in Oregon
Candice Weems, M.S. Geography, 2012; Ph.D. (current): Identifying green gentrification in Seattle, Washington
Abbey Driscoll, M.S. Forestry, 2014: Managing our urban forests:  What do officials and managers think and need?

Recent Grants Received

State and Private Forestry Western Competitive Resource Allocation, U.S. Forest Service and Oregon Department of Forestry ($51,000.00) (7/1/14-6/30/17). Co-Investigator. Adapting Urban Forestry and Green Infrastructure Practices for Urban/Rural Interface Communities to Address Forest Action Plan Priorities.

Joint Venture Agreement, U.S. Forest Service, PNW Station #13-JV-11261985-074 ($50,000) (9/1/13-8/31/16).  Co-Investigator.  Understanding the Mediating Political, Economic and Social Forces Creating Exurban Residential Environments and Patterns of Outdoor Recreation

Joint Venture Agreement, U.S. Forest Service, PNW Station #10-JV-11260489-046 ($100,000) (1/01/10-12/31/13).  Principal Investigator. Natural Amenities and In-Migration Influences on the Location Decisions of Rural and Non-Rural Residents with Application to Stewardship Activities to Restore Forest Health

 Joint Venture Agreement, U.S. Forest Service, PNW Station #09-JV-11261985-050 ($70,000) (9/01/09-8/16/14). Principal Investigator.  Natural Amenities, In-Migration, and the Location Decisions of Exurban Residents; with Implications for Public Lands Management


In press
Tilt, J.H. and Cerveny, L.K.  “Politics of landscape transformation in exurban King County, Washington.” In Taylor, L.E. and Hurley, P.T. (Eds) A Political Ecology of Sprawl:  Understanding Rural to Exurban Landscape Transitions. (Springer)

Driscoll, A., Ries, P.D., Tilt, J.H., Ganio, L.M. Needs and barriers to expanding urban forestry programs:  An assessment of community leaders and program managers in the Portland-Vancouver metropolitan region.  Urban Forestry & Urban Greening.

Tilt, J.H. and Cerveny, L. “Master-Planned in Exurbia:  Examining the Drivers and Impacts of Master-Planned Communities at the Urban Fringe.  Landscape and Urban Planning, Vol. 114, 102-112.

Tilt, J.H. “Urban Nature and Human Physical Health” in Douglas, I., Good, D., Houck, M., and Wang, R. (Eds.) The Routledge Handbook of Urban Ecology, Ch. 32.

Kearney, A.R., Tilt, J.H., and Bradley, G. “The Effects of Forest Regeneration on Preferences for Forest Treatments among Foresters, Environmentalists, and the General Public.”  Journal of Forestry, Vol. 108 (5), 215-229.

Tilt, J.H.  “Walking Trips to Parks:  Exploring Demographic, Environmental Factors and Preferences for Adults with Children in the Household.” Preventive Medicine, Vol. 50 (Suppl.1), S69-S73.

Tilt, J.H., Unfried, T.M., Roca, B.  “Using Objective and Subjective Measures of Neighborhood Greenness and Accessible Destinations for Understanding Walking Trips and BMI in Seattle, Washington.”  American Journal of Health Promotion Vol. 21 (4), 371-379.

Tilt, J.H., Kearney, A.R and Bradley, G.  “Understanding Rural Character:  Cognitive and Visual Perceptions.”  Landscape and Urban Planning Vol. 81, 14-26.