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Les Doak

Les Doak, B.A., M.A.

Geography, Social Science

Email: ldoak@cypresscollege.edu

Phone: 714-484-7185

Office Hours : 12:30-1:00 Monday-Wed 12:30-1:00 MTWTR 2:30-3:00 MTWTR

Location: Humanities H 234

 
 

Biography


"Each time dawn appears, the mystery is there in its entirety". Rene Daumal

 

Hello! I am your adventure guide on our great journey through our home - our earth. My name is Les Doak. I am a professor of Geography here at Cypress College, in our outstanding Department of Geography, where you can earn an Associate of Arts Degree in Geography. We regularly participate in professional organizations and conduct research on learning, physical geography, earth science, earth technologies - such as GIS and GPS and remote sensing, as well as human and cultural geography. I encourage you to explore our other course offerings, to learn even more about our world, and the technologies we use to record and display our home.

MY PERSONAL INTERNATIONAL EXPERIENCE

My own experience includes living and working in Japan, Brazil, and even the United States of America. I have studied and traveled to China, Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macau in Asia. I have studied and used Chinese, Korean, and Japanese languages. I have studied and traveled to Mexico, Canada, Central America, the Carribbean and South America. I have studied and used Portuguese and Spanish languages. In addition, I have traveled considerably through most of europe, including central and eastern europe, and have studied and used the German language. I have lived in many parts of the United States, and traveled to every state in our union. In the process, I have acquired at least some knowledge of the English language.
 
MY RESEARCH AND PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES

My research includes extensive research on learning, including writing and being awarded a two year National Science Foundation grant, Department of Education grant, Department of Transportation grant, and many others. Each of these has included the learning process and use of technologies to facilitate learning.
I have done a considerable amount of research and field work in desert, mountain, ocean, and cultural environments. I love getting out there to see and study and experience this great world. This world is the greatest adventure you can imagine.
My professional memberships have included the American Association of Geographers, the Royal Geographic Society, the Association of Pacific Coast Geographers, the California Geographic Society, and the California Geographic Information Association. I have written and published a number of research articles, as well as made presentations at local, state, regional, national and international conferences and organizations.

I  love to get to know people and places, and I look forward to getting to know you and learning from you, as well.

 

Recommended Course

PHYSICAL GEOGRAPHY

Geography is the original Earth Science.  It is the one course of study where you can study the whole earth, not just one narrow aspect. Physical Geography is the subject which allows us to pull all the information about our physical earth together in one course of study. We study climate, weather, oceans, rivers, atmosphere, biosphere, our basic earth structure and surface features, the earth-sun relationship, and every and all subjects about our home, our earth.  We study the art and science of cartography (map making), mathematic models of location and directions, plus earth technologies, such as Geographic Information Systems, Global Positioning Systems, satelite imagery and remote sensing.

  If your goal is to study Earth Science and Environmental Science, learn more about our home, and know as much as you can about the "whole earth" this is the course for you.

Resources



We have many outstanding resources:

FOR CURRENT WEATHER CONDITIONS AT CYPRESS COLLEGE

http://old.cypresscollege.edu/~ldoak/Current_Vantage.htm

FOR CURRENT WEATHER CONDITIONS IN THE UNITED STATES

www.nws.noaa.gov/outlook_tab.php

The American Association of Geographers is the over seven thousand member professional geographers organization

www.aag.org

These resources are excellent sources of maps and mapping information, including the opportunity to create your own map on the ESRI site.

www.esri.com/mappingforeveryone

www.cgis.net

www.geotechcenter.org

http://imaps.dfg.ca.gov/viewers/biospublic/app.asp

www.geocommunicator.gov

www.ojp.usdoj.gov/nij/maps/

www.epa.gov/geospatial/eme.html

www.gismaps.fema.gov

www.fsa.usda.gov

www.usgs.gov/science_strategy