James F. Quinn

  • Professor, Environmental Science and Policy
  • Environmental applications of Semantic Web technologies


James Quinn is a Professor of Environmental Science and Policy at the University of California, Davis; Director of the Information Center for the Environment (ICE); and leader of the California Information Node (CAIN) of the National Biological Information Infrastructure. His current research interests include environmental applications of Semantic Web technologies, the use of geospatial information systems to assess biodiversity, land use and water quality, international databases and information sharing on invasive species and species in protected areas, watershed and floodplain analysis, and applications of geographic data and models to land use and conservation planning in California.

ESP 179 Environmental Impact Assessment (4)

Lecture—3 hours; discussion—1 hour. Prerequisite: upper division standing and one course in environmental science (course 100, 110 or the equivalent). Introduction to the information resources and methods typically used in environmental impact analysis. Emphasis on how environmental information is applied to planning, environmental regulation, and
public policymaking, with case studies from California land use and natural resource policy.