Four major variables used in modeling camas habitat suitability: Precipitation, Maximum Temperature, Cost Distance to Known Earth Oven, and Cultural Centrality

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In 2013, I wrote an MA thesis at Oregon State University on the distribution of camas (edible plants in the genus Camassia) in the state of Oregon. I used maximum entropy (Maxent) models of camas habitat to measure how much power indigenous cultural geography adds to the model when it is included along with the plant's physical environment. This webpage summarizes that research process. My predictor layers and model outputs are available as a zipped folder for any researchers wishing to replicate my work.

This research project developed over approximately a year and a half. You may trace highlights of this development through the steps below.

July 2012: Radio

Guest appearance on Inspiration Dissemination (KBVR)
Audio | Transcript

November 2012: Poster

American Anthropological Association 110th annual meeting
Poster (large file)

March 2013: Conference Presentation

Northwest Anthropological Conference
Video | Slideshow | Transcript

May 2013: Thesis Defense

Eena Haws, the Native American Cultural Center at Oregon State University
Slideshow | (video and transcript coming soon)

June 2013: Master of Arts Thesis

Full document may be downloaded free of charge from ScholarsArchive
Click the image below for a larger view of how the thesis developed:

The growth pattern of Braden's thesis

2014 and beyond: Further work and scholarly articles


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