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Facilities and Programs


Department of Geography
150 Sierra Hall
CSU Northridge
18111 Nordhoff Street
Northridge, CA 91330-8249

Hours: M-F (8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m)
Phone: (818) 677-3532
Fax: (818) 677-2723



James Hayes, Ph.D.


James Hayes

Contact Information

  • Dr. James Hayes
  • Office: Sierra Hall 130F
  • Phone: 818-677-3519
  • Fax: 818-677-2723
  • Email:james.hayes@csun.edu


  • Ph.D. Geography, Indiana University, Bloomington, 2008
  • M.A. Geography, Indiana State University, 2001
  • B.A. Geography, Indiana University, Indianapolis, 1999

  • Curriculum Vitae

Courses Taught

  • GEOG101: Physical Systems of the Environment
  • GEOG316: Environmental Geography
  • GEOG364: Biogeography
  • GEOG404: Field Studies
  • GEOG459: Environmental Impact Studies
  • GEOG460: Spatial Analysis
  • GEOG600: Geographic Thought, Analysis, and Research
  • GEOG630: Seminar in Landscape Ecology

Selected Publications and Presentations


Timms, B., Hayes, J.J., and McCracken, M. 2012. From Deforestation to Reforestation in the Cockpit County, Jamaica: Beginning of a Forest Transition? Area, DOI: 10.1111/j.1475-4762.2012.01122.x

Hayes, J.J., and Timms, B. 2012. Physical Geography: The Human-Environment Connection, In Placing Latin America: Contemporary Themes in Geography, 2nd Edition. Bosco, F.J. and Jackiewicz, E.L., eds. Rowman and Littlefield. Lanham, MD.

Hayes, J.J., and Robeson, S.M. 2011. Relationships between Fire Severity and Post-fire Landscape Pattern Following a Large Mixed-Severity Fire in the Valle Vidal, New Mexico, USA. Forest Ecology and Management 261:1392-1400.

Hoch, S., and Hayes, J.J. 2010. Geolinguistics: The Incorporation of Geographic Information Systems and Science. The Geographical Bulletin 51:23-36.

Hayes, J.J.and Robeson, S.M. 2009. Spatial Variability of Landscape Pattern Change Following a Ponderosa Pine Wildfire in Northeastern New Mexico, USA. Physical Geography 30:410-429.



Hayes, J.J. 2011. A Multi-site Analysis of Valley Oak (Quercus lobata Née) Regeneration, Stand Structure and Spatial Distribution in the Santa Monica Mountains, California, USA. MEDECOS XII: Linking Science with Management. UCLA, Los Angeles, CA., September, 2011.

Hayes, J.J., and, Ilicheva, A. 2011. Stand Structure and Dendroecology of Valley Oak in the Santa Monica Mountains. Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers. Seattle, WA. April, 2011

Timms, B.F., McCracken, M., and Hayes, J.J. 2011. Simulating a Counterfactual Experiment to Evaluate National Park Effectiveness in Jamaica. Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers. Seattle, WA. April, 2011.

Hayes, J.J. (discussant) 2011. Landscape. Panel Discussion at the Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers. Seattle, WA. April, 2011.

Greer, C., Donnelly, S., and Hayes, J.J. 2011. Re-reading George Perkins Marsh for 19th Century Roots of Landscape Sustainability. Speaking Nature, Interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century Studies Conference. Pitzer College. Claremont, CA.

Hayes, J.J. 2010. Structure and Regeneration of Valley Oak at Three Sites in the Santa Monica Mountains. Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers. Washington, D.C. April, 2010.

Research and Interests

Professional Interests:

Human-environment Interaction; impacts of climate and land use/land cover change on plant and animal distributions and ecological processes
Landscape ecology of human-modified environments; landscape function, urban forestry, environmental justice, and sustainable landscapes
Applications of Remote Sensing, GIS, Spatial Statistics, and Dendroecology

Research Projects:

Scale Effects on Spatial and Temporal Distributions of Valley Oak Regeneration

Statistical Analysis of Tree-ring Growth to Estimate Local Climatic Variability

Land Cover and Vegetation Change in the Santa Monica Mountains

Impacts of Non-native Browsers and Climate on Valley Oak Regeneration and Growth in the Southern Sierra Nevada