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GIScience and remote sensing geographers apply the world’s most advanced earth observation and spatial analytical technologies to address crucial issues concerning socio-economic development and environmental science and policy. You will acquire strong working knowledge of remote sensing, spatial analysis, decision science, image processing, dynamic modeling, time series analysis, geostatistics, and the global positioning system. Special opportunities also exist in conservation and earth system science or GIScience and remotely sensed image processing software development.

Areas of Expertise

  • Conservation GIScience
  • Land change mapping and modeling
  • Image time series analysis
  • Image classification
  • Spatial decision support
  • Software/system development
  • Remote sensing of the cryosphere
  • Remote sensing of forest and agricultural ecosystems


J. Ronald Eastman, Ph.D.
Information systems, remote sensing, cartography

Lyndon Estes, Ph.D.
Global change, agricultural ecology, land change, conservation, earth observation, GIScience

Karen Frey, Ph.D.
Climate and global environmental change, polar climate change, land-ocean linkages, terrestrial and marine biogeochemistry, sea ice variability, remote sensing, spatial analysis (also in Earth System Science)

Robert Gilmore Pontius Jr., Ph.D.
GIScience and remote sensing, quantitative environmental modeling, land change science, spatial statistics

Sam Ratick, Ph.D.
Decision analysis in environmental assessment and management, spatial analysis, quantitative and dynamic modeling, environmental policy, coastal hazards from climate change, pollution prevention in companies, locating hazardous facilities (also in Human-Environment Geography)

John Rogan, Ph.D.
Landscape ecology, fire ecology, remote sensing, GIScience (also in Earth System Science)

Rinku Roy Chowdhury, Ph.D.
Land system science, cultural and political ecology, institutional theory, agrarian decision-making and change, urban ecology and climate resilience, mixed-methods research (also in Human-Environment Geography)

Florencia Sangermano, Ph.D.
GIScience, remote sensing, species distribution modeling, landscape ecology, conservation biology (also in Earth System Science)

Christopher A. Williams, Ph.D.
Land surface hydrology, ecosystem ecology, hydroclimatic variability and change, global water, carbon cycles (also in Earth System Science)