Land Change Science and Remote Sensing Laboratory

The Land Change Science and Remote Sensing Lab focuses on the use of (interpretation and analysis of) remote sensing / satellite imagery and air photos, and GIS to investigate land-cover and land-use changes and the drivers of these changes. Students who work in the lab have investigated land-use/cover changes in Southeast Asia, Melanesia, Africa, Fort Collins and Colorado, Alaska, and Canada.

Clark Building

Equipment & Software

  • 3 HP Z420 workstations
  • 1 HP Z820 workstation
  • 1 large format (11” x 21”) flatbed scanner
  • 1 Mirror Stereoscope
  • 1 laser printer
  • 1 color inkjet printer
  • 5 desks and chairs


  • ERDAS Imagine Professional image processing software
  • ENVI image processing software
  • ArcGIS Geographic Information System software
  • Leica Photogrammetry System software


  • Landsat TM and MSS imagery from 1973 – present for Madagascar.
  • Air photo collection for the National Parks of Andasibe-Mantadia, Ambre Montagne, Andohahela, and Zahamena, located in Madagascar (1950s, 1980s and 1990s eras).
  • Air photo collection for Northwest Vietnam (1950s).
  • Landsat TM and MSS imagery from 1973 to present for Northwestern Vietnam.
  • Ground truth photos from 1993/94 for the National Parks of Andasibe-Mantadia, Ambre Montagne, Andohahela, and Zahamena, Madagascar.
  • Ground truth photos for Hoa Binh Province, Nghe An Province, and U Minh Thuong National Park, Vietnam.
  • ALOS PRISM and AVNIR satellite imagery for Patzcuaro Basin, Michoacan, Mexico, as well as ground truth photos.


Hoover, J. D., Kumar, S., James, S. A., Leisz, S. J., Laituri, M. J. (2017) Modeling Hotspots of Plant Diversity in New Guinea. Tropical Ecology 58(3):623-640.

Kramer, Natalie, Ellen Wohl, Brooke E. Hess-Homeier, Steve Leisz (2017) The pulse of driftwood export from a very large forested river basin over multiple timescales, Slave River, Canada. Water Resources Research doi 10.1002/2016WR019260.

Hoover, Jamie D., Stephen J. Leisz, Melinda E. Laituri (2017) Comparing and Combining Landsat Satellite Imagery and Participatory Data to Assess Land-Use and Land-Cover Changes in a Coastal Village in Papua New Guinea. Human Ecology 45(2):251-264 doi:10.1007/s10745-016-9878-x.

Leisz, Stephen, Eric Rounds, Ngo The An, Nguyen Thi Bich Yen, Tran Nguyen Bang, Souvanthone Douangphachanh, Bounheuang Ninchaleune (2016) Urban-rural telecouplings in the East-West Economic Corridor within borders and across. Remote Sensing8(12):1012; doi:10.3390/rs8121012.

Fisher, Christopher T., Juan Carlos Fernandez-Diaz, Anna S. Cohen, Oscar Neil Cruz, Alicia M. Gonzales, Stephen J. Leisz, Florencia Pezzutti, Ramesh Shrestha, William Carter (2016) Identifying Ancient Settlement Patterns through LiDAR in the Mosquitia Region of Honduras. PLoS ONE 11(8):e0159890. Doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0159890.

Fuller, Jamie D., Sam Litschert, Carolyn Ownby, Wei gao, Lee Brenda (2013) Esturarine habitat modeling in Southeast Alaska. GIS in the Rockies, University of Denver, September 2013.

Pezzutti, Florencia, Stephen Leisz, Christopher Fisher (2014) Architecture in the Point Cloud: Identify, Mapping, and Interpreting Architectrual Features in 2D+. Society for American Archaeology 79th Meeting, April 23-27, 2014, Austin, Texas.

Solinos-Casparius, Rodrigo, Florencia Pezzutti (2014) Roads and social space. Exploring intra-site accessibility using LiDAR data from Angamuco, Michoacan. Society for American Archaeology 79th Meeting, April 23-27, 2014, Austin, Texas.

Hopping, K. A., T. Dorji, J. A. Klein. (2014). Climate change and grazing drive cascading responses in plant communities and carbon cycling on the Tibetan Plateau. Ecological Society of America annual meeting. Sacramento, CA.

Hopping, K. A., K. A. Galvin, D. S. Ojima, J. A. Klein. (June, 2014). Emerging barriers to climate change resilience among Tibetan and Mongolian pastoralists. 14th Congress of the International Society of Ethnobiology. Bumthang, Bhutan.


Jamie (Fuller) Hoover
(Ph.D. GDPE 2016)

Current position: Spatial Ecologist, Ocean and Coast Resources Branch, National Park Service, Fort Collins, CO

Amandeep Vashisht
(MS Civil and Environmental Engineering)

Current position: Ph.D. student, Earth and Planetary Systems, Johns Hopkins University

Katherine Lininger
(Ph.D. Geosciences 2018)

Current position: Assistant Professor of Geography, University of Colorado Boulder

Eric Rounds
(MA Anthropology 2016)

Current position: Remote Sensing Specialist & Trainer, Redcastle Resources, Salt Lake City, Utah

Natalie (Anderson) Kramer
(Ph.D. Geosciences 2016)

Current position: Postdoctoral Fellow, College of Natural Resources, Utah State University

Oliver Miltenberg
(MS GDPE 2018)

Kelly Hopping
(Ph.D. GDPE 2015)

Current position: Assistant Professor, Human-Environment Systems, Boise State University

Preeyarat Chailangka
(MS Soil and Crop Science 2018)

Current position: Researcher/Technician Ministry of Agriculture, Thailand