Master of Science in Geography

Portland State University – Portland, Oregon

Expected Graduation Spring 2021                                   

              Thesis Title: Mapping Sense of Place in Mount Hood National Forest

              Committee: Geoffrey Duh, David Banis, Rebecca McLain, Hunter Shobe

Graduate Certificate in Geographic Information Systems

Portland State University – Portland, Oregon                              

Graduated June 2018

              GPA: 4.0

Bachelor of Science in Geography and Sustainable Urban Development Minor

Portland State University – Portland, Oregon

Graduated June 2009



PT GIS Faculty Instructor     |    3.2020 - Present   

Department of Geography, Portland Community College

  • Instructor of record for GEO170-Maps and Geographic Information, GEO265-Introduction to GIS, and GEO270- Building a Map Portfolio.

  • Implemented fully remote teaching techniques for online instruction of technical concepts and software systems, and organized class management

  • Class curriculum incorporates teaching spatial analysis, data management, geospatial concepts, cartographic techniques and design, data visualization, technical use of multiple software platforms, accessing/creating datasets, community collaboration, and management of projects and portfolios.

  • Designed course content and syllabus, prepared lectures and in-class exercises, created exams and study material to achieve course objectives, and served as student mentor

  • Maintain required lab material and assignments


Adjunct Professor    |    9.2019 – 12.2019

Department of Geography, Portland State University

  • Instructor of record for GEOG380 Maps and Geographic Information, meeting three times a week for 65 minutes each; class size-45 students

  • Designed class syllabus, prepared lectures and in-class exercises, created exams and study material to achieve course objectives

  • Maintained required lab section material and assignments

  • Implemented a variety of teaching techniques to accommodate multiple learning styles


Substitute Teacher    |    5.2019 – 7.2019

French American International School (Gilkey Middle School), Portland, OR

  • On-Call substitute for middle school GIS Design course, Design modules, Social Studies, Art, Music and other courses

Teaching Assistant    |    9.2018 – 6.2019   

Department of Geography, Portland State University

  • Taught a technical lab section of GIS 1 GEOG488/588L for three consecutive terms

  • Served as a teaching assistant for GEOG230 Environment and Society 1.2019-6.2019

  • Planned lesson discussions, group assignment critiques, graded assignments, and provided guided software application education



April 3, 2019: GEOG 230 - Environment and Society, Portland State University

April 17, 2019: GIS Design – Co-Taught, Gilkey International Middle School (French American International School




Cartographer/Cartographic Editor    |    6.2019 – 9.2019   

Portland State University   

  • Collaborative partner in producing spatial analysis and cartographic design for a book publication written by David Banis and Hunter Shobe called Upper Left Cities


Assistant Research Analyst    |    12.2017 – 6.2019  

Center for Spatial Analysis and Research, Portland State University         

  • Performed spatial analysis of environmental and land management data collected from the custom designed public participation GIS application for the Human Ecology Mapping project of Central Oregon Forests

  • Project management and project collaboration with US Forest Service, Discover Your Forest and other external and internal partnerships

  • Collaborative partner in writing and publishing a handbook for performing Human Ecology Mapping projects and US Forest Service HEM project report


Research Assistant    |    7.2018 – 9.2018

Department of Anthropology, Portland State University

  • Cartographer for Professor Jeremy Spoon in the Disaster as a Catalyst for Social-Ecological Transformation: Nepal Critical Transitions Project.

  • Project funded by a U.S. NSF RAPID grant #1560661 2015-2018




Cartographer    |    4.2019 –  6.2019

Desmond Cheung, Portland State University

  • Designed cartographic rendition of the ancient city of Hangzhou for a book manuscript.

Cartographer II    |    3.2017 – 11.2017

Center for Spatial Analysis and Research, Portland State University         

  • Working in partnership with U.S Fish and Wildlife to georeference and mosaic historical aerial photos of wildlife refuges in the Pacific Northwest.​

Navy map drop with waterline


ArcMap | ArcGIS Pro | ArcGIS Online | ArcGIS Server | Collector for ArcGIS | ENVI | QGIS | Google My Maps | Google Earth


Adobe Creative Cloud | Adobe Illustrator | Adobe Photoshop | GIMP2 | Publisher


Familiarity with HTML | CSS | JavaScript | Visual Studio Code | Notepad ++ | Various CMS Platforms | WIX 


Dedicated | Teamwork | Problem-solver | Organization | Project Leader | Willingness to learn | Creative | Compassionate


Microsoft Office Suite - Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Publisher, Access | Google Suite of Tools | Mac OS Office Software | Zoom | Social Media tools - Facebook, Instagram, Twitter


Carpentry | Construction | Small Business Owner | Organic Sustainable Farmer 





Milligan, A.R. and Wise, D.R., 2019, Potential Grazing Land Within the Pacific Drainages of the Western United States, 2011: U.S. Geological Survey,


Milligan, Alicia. "Map of Hangzhou's Sites" in Desmond Cheung, Urban Sites & the Imperial Order in Ming Hangzhou, book manuscript in preparation for the University of Washington Press.


Milligan, Alicia. Nepal Earthquakes April 2015 (map). Multiple Scales. In: Jeremy Spoon. NSF Grant Proposal. September 2018.


Milligan, Alicia. Nepal VDC Maps April 2015 (map). Multiple Scales. In: Jeremy Spoon. NSF Grant Proposal. September 2018.


Spoon, J., D. Gerkey, R. Bahadur Chhetri, A. Rai, and U. Basnet. “Navigating multidimensional household recoveries following the 2015 Nepal earthquakes.” World Development, Volume 135, November, 2020,105041. (

Jeremy Spoon, Chelsea E. Hunter, Drew Gerkey, Ram B. Chhetri, Alisa Rai, Umesh Basnet, Anudeep Dewan. “Anatomy of disaster recoveries: Tangible and intangible short-term recovery dynamics following the 2015 Nepal earthquakes”, International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, Volume 51, 2020, 101879, ISSN 2212-4209,




Banis, D., R. McLain, A. Milligan, and K. Harrell. “Socio-ecological Interactions in the National Forests and Grasslands of Central Oregon: Summary of Human Ecology Mapping Results.” Occasional Papers in Geography, Publication No. 8, 12-2019. (


Milligan, A., D. Banis, and R. McLain. (In publication). Developing an Interactive Online Mapping and Survey Tool for Human Ecology Mapping: A Case Study of the Deschutes and Ochoco National Forests and Crooked River National Grassland.


Banis, D. and H. Shobe. (In publication-2021). Upper Left Cities: Sasquatch Books.

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