About Us

We are a collegial group of faculty, grad students, undergraduates, the occasional volunteer and research affiliates within the Department of Geography & the Environment at the University of Texas at Austin. We are currently housed in both the Digital Landscapes Laboratory and the Spatial Sciences Laboratory. Our research spans many thematic foci within and beyond geography, with our central mission being the acquisition and integration of remotely sensed data and in situ or field data for improved spatiotemporal analysis and understanding.

With multiple international study sites including Botswana, The Zambezi Basin, Peru (Amazon and Andes), Guatemala, the Amazon Basin, and yes, even Texas. Check out individual pages, and scroll down below for updates on what we've been up to most recently. Here is a small sample of the research we've been conducting:


  • Tracking the species distributions of hyena in Central Kalahari Game Reserve, Botswana
  • Conservation of high-elevation montane habitats of the Andes
  • Understanding carbon movement by mudslides in the tropical montane ecosystems of Guatemala
  • Carbon storage of semi-arid savanna habitats in central Botswana
  • Colonization and fragmentation of forests in the Amazonian Basin
  • Livelihood-environment interactions in relation to disturbance regimes and changing land management in the Okavango Delta, Botswana

Summer fieldwork! (Alex)


This past summer (winter in Botswana), Alex conducted field research for his master’s thesis in the region between the Central Kalahari Game Reserve and Makgadikgadi Pans National Park. This research combines biomass and structural field measurements with remote sensing methodology to employ spatiotemporal ecosystem dynamics in conservation planning.

Field assistants Gift (front) and Thomas (back) collect vegetation composition and structural measurements.

A study site near the eastern fence of the Central Kalahari Game Reserve.

Alex observing a heavily grazed portion of his study area.