Housed in the Jefferson Academic Center, the Graduate School of Geography maintains high-performance computing environments for teaching and research. In addition, these individual laboratories, all focused on teaching and research in environmental science, include a diverse range of field and lab equipment:

  • The Agricultural Impacts Research Group (Lyndon Estes) is equipped with two fixed-wing UAS: a Skywalker with thermal and visual and near-infrared imagers, and an RTK/PPK-capable Sensefly Ebee Plus with Sequoia+ multispectral camera. The group also has a suite of Arable Mark environmental sensors.
  • The Biogeosciences Research Group (Christopher A. Williams) is equipped with a wide array of micrometeorological and ecophysiological field equipment, including eddy flux and leaf gas exchange instrumentation; tools for measuring plant and soil properties, including portable leaf area and leaf area index meters; a handheld ASD field spectroradiometer; clinometers; meter tapes; handheld air and soil temperature and moisture sensors (Omega, Campbell Scientific); sling psychrometers; drying ovens and balances; soil corers; soil sieves; hydrometer bulbs, plus glassware for texture analysis; streamflow meters and waders; and soil augers. The Williams lab also has several many-processor desktops (≅100 CPUs) and a large volume of networked and desktop data storages.
  • Clark Labs (Ronald Eastman), a research center focused on the development of geographic information technologies, maintains state-of-the-art computing and data facilities for software development and research applications. Under the leadership of J. Ronald Eastman, the lab is world-renowned for its GIS and geospatial analytics software, including TerrSet Geospatial Monitoring and Modeling, the IDRISI Geographic Information System tool set, the Land Change Modeler, and the Earth Trends Modeler.
  • The Landscape Monitoring Research Group (John Rogan) is equipped with field instruments for use in forest health inventory, including densitometers, hypsometers, dbh tapes, and calipers. The lab also contains a suite of GPS receivers, HOBO temperature sensors, and quantum light meters. The lab serves as a long-term geospatial data repository for the Human-Environment Regional Observatory program and the Extractive Industries Research Group.
  • The Earth Observing Remote Sensing (EORS) Facility provides computing and office space infrastructures for graduate students focused on earth system science, remote sensing and GIScience within the Graduate School of Geography.
  • The Forest Ecology Lab (Dominik Kulakowski) is equipped with a suite of field and lab equipment that supports experimental and observational research on forest ecosystems. This includes equipment for field observations (including GPS units, forest canopy densitometers, near-surface light and temperature meters, and measuring tapes), dendroecological data collection and analysis (including increment borers, sanders, Velmex Tree Ring Measuring Systems, and a CDendro semi-autonomous dendroecological processing system), and analysis of spatial data (including ArcGIS and TerrSet Geospatial Monitoring and Modeling Software).
  • The Polar Science Research Lab (Karen Frey)

Faculty Research Laboratories

Faculty research laboratories and facilities in the Graduate School of Geography are listed below, with interdisciplinary research in environmental science denoted by ES.

Principal Investigator Labs and Facilities
J. Ronald Eastman (ES) Clark Labs for Cartographic Technology and Geographic Analysis
Lyndon Estes (ES) Fleet and Environmental Monitoring Stations/Agricultural Impacts Research Group
Karen Frey (ES) Polar Science Research Lab
Dominik Kulakowski (ES) Forest Ecology Lab
John Rogan (ES) Earth Observing Remote Sensing (EORS) Facility
Christopher A. Williams (ES) Biogeosciences Research Group