Merlyn Paulson‘s innovation and applications agendas are in the interrelated spheres of design, planning, and ecology at the landscape, site, and garden scales. He teaches methods-, skills, and creativity-building courses and advises MLA and BSLA students. Research and technical service for diverse groups informs subject matter and quality in teaching, and, are in turn informed by discoveries tested in applications workshops, studios, and technical courses. Current technical service involves community and river restoration design and planning for landscapes devastated by the Larimer County flood of September, 2013. His major research developments have focused on methods for identification, spatial analysis, development, preservation, and management of special rural, historic, scenic and commemorative landscapes throughout the western states, Alaska, British Columbia, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wisconsin for the National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, US Forest Service and constituents of special places. Of particular note are: renewable energy and utility impacts and mitigation studies in historic and scenic landscapes for the BLM, USFS, and NPS; the Flight 93 National Memorial Park studies in Somerset County, Pennsylvania; long range transportation planning methods for the National Park Service, focusing on the Golden Gate National Recreation Area properties and connections in California; the Nile River water research campus near Cairo, Egypt; invasive species analysis for 14 Alaskan National Wildlife Refuges; the bullet train routing simulation study through the Basque Region of Spain; the aesthetics methodology for affected environment, impacts, and mitigations for the US Dept. of the Interior’s decision-making for energy-related development in the coastal zone of Alaska; reviewer and contributor to the BLM’s Best Management Practices for Reducing Visual Impacts of Renewable Energy Facilities on BLM-administered Lands; and reviewer and contributor to the NPS Guide To Evaluating Visual Impact Assessments for Renewable Energy Projects.
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- MLA II, Graduate School of Design, Harvard University
- BLA, Dept. of Landscape Architecture & Environmental Planning, Utah State University
- Studies in landscape architecture and ecology, University of Minnesota
- Studies in wildlife biology, Minnesota State University
- Various federal agency training workshops
- ASLA – Elected to Council of Fellows, 1994
- CSU – First Alumni Association Faculty Honor Award, College of Natural Resources
- CSU – Invitation, School of Global Environmental Sustainability
- CSU – Shepardson Teaching Award
- Harvard – Distinguished Alumni, One Hundred Years (1900-2000) of Landscape Architecture at Harvard
- Harvard – Ford Foundation Research Fellowship
- Harvard – ASLA Certificate of Honor
- Harvard – George Chase Christian Fellowship
- Harvard – Jacob Weidenmann Prize for Travel and Study in Europe
- Harvard – Janet Darling Webel Award
- USU – Rockefeller Foundation Research Fellowship
- UofM – Selected to intern with John Andrews Architects, Toronto
- FFA – Minnesota State Farmer
Nine-month appointment, 1975 – 1992, College of Natural Resources. 1993 – Present, College of Agricultural Sciences
Sabbatical, 1984 – 1985 – Visiting Professor, Harvard University and Research Consultant, MIT and Hellmuth Obata+Kassabaum
Campus Landscape Architect, one mo/yr, 1992-96
LAND 230-Drawing the Landscape . LAND 240-Fundamentals of Landscape Design . LAND 357-Omnibus Studio . LAND 362-Form and Expression in Garden Design . LAND 364-Design and Nature . LAND 392-Seminar-Designed Landscapes-Theory and Criticism . LAND 449-Professional Practice . LAND 520-Geographic Information Systems . LAND 670-Studio Option . LAND 698-Research
CSU Committees (current)
- University Committee on Faculty Governance
- Landscape Architecture Resident Instruction Committee
- Department Strategic Planning Committee on Extension & Engagement
ASLA Colorado Service
- Awards Juror
- Vice President for Continuing Education, Vice President, President, and Past President, 1989-93
- Co-organizer (with Jay Bright) and Technical Lead, Vail Seminars, 1977-78
Colorado Public Service
More than 60 design and planning projects conducted in communities throughout Colorado. The projects range from design of streetscapes and neighborhood parks, to planning for larger parks and landscapes, to ecological restoration design for brownfields and community restoration and design. Communities include: Allens Park, Aspen, Ault, Fort Collins, Fort Garland, Glen Haven, Grand Junction, Idaho Springs, Los Animas, Loveland, Monte Vista, Ordway, Platteville, Rangely, Red Cliff, Red Feather, Rifle, Rocky Ford, Rocky Mountain Arsenal, Salida, San Luis, Springfield, Southfork, Steamboat Springs, Trinidad, Vail, Walden, Walsenburg, Ward, Wellington, and Windsor.
Notable Papers, Reports, and Publications
Paulson, Merlyn J., Methods, Concepts, and Solutions for Glen Haven Community and River Restoration after the Flood of 2013, Colorado State University 2014-2015.
Paulson, Merlyn J., Methodology for Aesthetics Analysis of Impacts and Mitigations for High-voltage Renewable Energy Corridors in Colorado, Nevada, Utah, and Wyoming. BLM and USDA Forest Service 2015.
Paulson, Merlyn J. Planning and Design Methods and Criteria for Glen Haven Community Restoration after the Flood of 2013, Colorado State University 2014.
Paulson, Merlyn J., British Gas Liquid Natural Gas Facility Visibility Analysis Methodology, Prince Rupert, British Columbia, Canada 2014.
Paulson, Merlyn and Jennifer Kovarik, Long Range Transportation Investment Needs Analysis and Advance Resource Mitigation Methods, National Park Service 2014.
Paulson, Merlyn J., Blythe Solar Energy Project Expert Testimony – California Energy Commission, Mojave Desert, CA 2012.
Paulson, Merlyn J., Genesis Solar Energy Project Expert Testimony – California Energy Commission, Mojave Desert, CA 2011.
Paulson, Merlyn J., Beacon Solar Energy Project Expert Testimony – California Energy Commission, Mojave Desert, CA 2010.
Paulson, Merlyn J., Flight 93 National Memorial Park Studies, Somerset County, Pennsylvania 2006.
Paulson, Merlyn J., Invasive Species Analysis Methods for 14 Alaskan National Wildlife Refuges, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service 2004
Paulson, Merlyn J., Fourth Annual Report, Geographic Information Systems for Management of Agricultural Lands, USDA Agricultural Research Service, Colorado 2000.
Paulson, Merlyn J. and Raymond Herrmann, Integrating Geographic Information Systems for Water Resources Research in the National Parks, Water Resources Association Conference, Mobile, Alabama 1996.
Paulson, Merlyn J., and Robert Scott, Landscape Information System: Suitability Modeling for Industrial Site Selection. Geographic Information Systems-1989, San Francisco, CA 1990.
Paulson, Merlyn J., and HOH, Inc., Dept. of the Interior, Alaskan Outer Continental Shelf and Coastal Zone, Visual Resource Management Methodology. National Technical Information Service, 1980.
EDAW and Merlyn Paulson (Associate), Creating Land for Tomorrow, Landscape Architecture Technical Information Series, Volume III, ASLA/SEAM, 1978.
Paulson, Merlyn J., The Landscape Information System – Description, Applications and Comparisons. Landscape Architecture Magazine, May, 1978.
Steinitz, Carl F. and Merlyn Paulson (Research Assistant), GIS Visual Model NSF/Research Applied to National Needs Program Sponsored Third Annual Report. The Interaction Between Urbanization and Land: Quality and Quantity in Environmental Planning and Design. Landscape Architecture Research Office, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA 1975.