|Marguerite Madden, Ph.D.
Director / Professor
Dr. Marguerite Madden is the Director of the Center for Geospatial Research (CGR) and Professor in the Department of Geography at the University of Georgia (UGA). She received her B.A. (1979) and M.A. (1984) degrees in Biology from the State University of New York at Plattsburgh and her Ph.D. (1990) in Ecology from The University of Georgia. Her research over the past 27 years at UGA has focused on geographic information science (GIScience) and landscape analysis of vegetation, landscape-level human impacts on natural environments, and more recently, collaborative research in animal behavior, wildlife disease, human geography and environmental design. Dr. Madden is a Past President and Fellow of the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS), Editor of the 2009 ASPRS Manual of GIS and current International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ISPRS) Technical Commission President of Commission IV “Geodatabases and Digital Mapping”. She has three grown children and lives in Athens, Georgia with four dogs, three cats and numerous bicycles.
|Thomas R. Jordan, Ph.D.
Tommy Jordan has been working with photogrammetry, remote sensing, GIS and GPS for 30 years. He is an ASPRS Certified Photogrammetrist and Mapping Scientist-GIS/LIS and currently serves on the ASPRS Certification Review Board. He is also Secretary of ISPRS Commission IV. At UGA, he teaches intro and advanced remote sensing and photogrammetry and is responsible for systems administration and project management at CRMS. In his real life, Tommy plays banjo and guitar with the old-time band, String Theory. He also loves to go fly fishing but doesn’t get to do it as often as he would like to. http://www.tommyjordan.com
|Adrian Thomas, Ph.D.
Adjunct Professor and Engineering/Agricultural Consultant
Geography BS, MS, Ph.D. Agricultural/Civil Engineering Clemson and Colorado State Universities, Conducted research for 33 years with the Agricultural Research Service of the USDA. Served as Laboratory Director for the Southeast Watershed Research Laboratory, Tifton, GA for the last 9 years of career. Personal research interest included: hydrologic and watershed modeling, soil and water conservation practices, soil erosion technologies. Active on family farm in Edgefield, SC.
|Deepak Mishra, Ph.D.
Dr. Mishra specializes in the application of geospatial science including remote sensing, GIS, and GPS to coastal environments.
|Lan Mu, Ph.D.
Dr. Mu’s interests involve GIScience, spatial analysis and modeling, GIS for health and the environment, computational geometry, cartography and geovisualization.
|Xiaobai Angela Yao, Ph.D.
Dr. Yao’s interests include GIScience; Urban Growth and Transportation; Public Health; Data Analysis and Modeling; Qualitative GIS.
|Roy Welch, Ph.D.
|Ricardo Rodrigues dos Santos, Ph.D.
Ricardo is Associate Professor of Zoology at Federal University of Maranhão, Brazil, and he is a member of the Brazilian Science without Borders Program. He researches primate behavior in Mangrove swamp, Amazonia and Cerrado of Brazil and is using geospatial analysis techniques to diagnose changes in the landscape that may affect the species in their natural habitat.
My research interests involve the use of non-invasive techniques to locate archaeological evidence. More and more archaeological sites are in fact destroyed or seriously damaged due to the rapid urbanization that characterizes archaeologically sensitive landscapes. For my PhD research, I will use Lidar and other remote sensing techniques to investigate archaeological landscapes in Georgia, and provide methodologies and data required by cultural resource managers to preserve and protect vulnerable historic sites.
My research interests lie in the spatial cognition and navigation of nonhuman primates. I am implementing a combination of laboratory and field techniques in order to investigate the spatial orientation mechanisms of capuchin monkeys. My dissertation research utilizes GIS modeling techniques and remote sensing to analyze the routes and habitat choices of bearded capuchin monkeys in Brazil.
|Andrea Presotto, Ph.D.
My research interests involve spatial and visual cognition in mammals. For the past eight years I have been using geospatial technologies to study and elucidate the spatial cognition mechanisms of orientation of Capuchin monkeys (Sapajus nigritus and Sapajus libidinosus) in diverse Brazilian landscape: rain forest and savanna. My current research involves comparative spatial and visual cognition, and the application of geovisualization models to virtual environments for primates and African elephants (Loxodonta africana), at Kruger National Park in South Africa.
With a background in Anthropology, I am interested in analyzing the spatial relationships between animals, habitats, and human land use by integrating remote sensing data with ground observations to map change over time, distribution of animals, and habitat with the goal of assisting communities in developing land use plans that will help them to better manage and conserve their land.
|Chris W. Strother
I graduated from the University of North Carolina in 1992 with a BA in History. Afterwards, I became a Chef’s Apprentice and went on to work over 20 years in the Restaurant/Hospitality Industry in a variety of positions ranging from busboy to Director of Operations. I returned to school in 2009 in search of intellectual fulfillment and earned a BS in Applied Environmental Spatial Analysis from Gainesville State College. I received my MSc. in Geography in 2013 and am currently a Ph.D. student at UGA. My research interests involve the application of LiDAR and other remote sensing tools to examine spatial patterns in the natural world around us.
Interests: Remote Sensing, LiDAR, environmental and urban applications.
Oak Ridge Institute for Science Education (ORISE) Fellow
ASPRS Student Advisory Council (SAC) Deputy Chair
Mingshu Wang graduated from Nanjing University in China with a BS in Resources, Environment, Regional Planning and Management in 2012. His research interests span a broad spectrum of geospatial technologies (remote sensing, spatial-temporal analysis, GIS, LiDAR) for environmental services. He is currently extending his intern work at the World Wildlife Fund this summer to characterize physical environments of the Sunda Banda Seascape, Indonesia with remote sensing for marine spatial planning and marine protective areas (MPAs) establishment. He is also taking a one-year appointment at the National Exposure Research Laboratory at the U.S. EPA as an Oak Ridge Institute for Science Education (ORISE) Fellow to create cloud-based environments to integrate and improve EPA models for estimating and geo-visualizing chemical exposures in aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems. As the deputy chair of the ASPRS Student Advisory Council (SAC), he will chair the 2014 Annual Geoleague Challenge during the 2014 Annual meeting of ASPRS.
I am interested in the geographic distribution of species. Current distribution patterns result from the interaction of life history traits, chance events (fires, disease outbreaks, climatic extremes), past land-use legacies, and the larger geographic context (past and present). To understand the distribution of a particular species, you need to see the world from their vantage point and understand a particular spot on the map in terms of its relative location to other places (scaled from the species perspective). In my real life, I enjoy good eats which led to a cooking hobby, craft beers, Irish music, and the luxury of afternoon naps in the sunshine (learned from my dogs). Click here for my Department of Geography page.
|R. Ryan Lash
Oak Ridge Institute for Science Education (ORISE) Fellow
I am interested in the ways in which geography can contribute to our understanding of human health. Most of my research thus far has focused on the utilization of geospatial tools and techniques for the study of zoonotic disease ecology. I have a strong interest in understanding the geographic information component inherent in our knowledge about public health and disease. I also have expertise in cartographic visualization and production for print and electronic reproduction. Please see my CV for a comprehensive list of my professional qualifications and accomplishments.
NASA DEVELOP-UGA Center Lead
In Fall of 2012 I started pursuing my PhD in Integrative Conservation and Geography at the University of Georgia. As I move to the next step of my academic and professional career, I continue to have a strong interest in how changes in landscape (in particular deforestation) affect different facets of the environment and how to quantify these changes through the use of satellite remote sensing and geographic information systems across multiple spatial and temporal scales. More importantly, as result of my previous graduate studies and my work with NASA DEVELOP, I want to further explore how these results and methodologies can be incorporated into natural resource management and environmental policy to ensure the long-term functioning of ecosystems. For my dissertation research I will be working in the Bellbird Biological Corridor in Costa Rica, which will help bridge diverse habitats between the cloud forests of Monteverde and the mangrove forests of Gulf of Nicoya.
|Leigh Anna Young
I am a recent graduate of University of Georgia (B.S. in psychology). I am interested in the group dispersion and cohesiveness of wild bearded capuchin monkeys. As a CURO fellow, I collected field data under the supervision of Dr. Marguerite Madden and Dr. Dorothy Fragaszy and have worked to analyze the swath and group spread of wild capuchins living in northeastern Brazil. I’m currently using ArcGIS to assist Allison Howard in analyzing the route choice and space use of wild capuchin monkeys. I’ve also spent time studying tool use in wild capuchins and wild chimpanzees.
I am a recent graduate of the Georgia Tech Architecture and City planning program and current volunteer at CGR. My interests include using GIS for urban mapping and analysis as well as exploring how remote sensing can integrated into the architectural design process.