Spatial Analysis Lab
Detailed Environmental Mapping for Resource Management
The mission of the Spatial Analysis Lab is to develop landscape-scale ecological information through partnerships with agency personnel, research groups, and conservation organizations to support effective management of terrestrial, wetland and aquatic communities.
Our research and projects involve scaling ground-based Earth observation data using remote sensing and modeling. A primary focus area is detailed vegetation and habitat mapping using imaging spectroscopy and airborne laser scanning. Applications include biodiversity conservation planning, plant trait and chemistry mapping, forest health monitoring, and invasive species detection.
We promote the use of geo-technologies in the state by delivering student internship and research opportunities, and partnering to develop workshops, training materials, and demonstration projects. Geospatial resources, training, and engagement opportunities and material are provided through this website.
The Spatial Analysis Lab is housed under the Montana Natural Heritage Program - a program of the Montana State Library’s Natural Resources Information System operated by the University of Montana.
- Would you be interested in a 12-month GIS Analyst position stationed at Fort Wainwright near Fairbanks, Alaska? If so, please contact Jessica Mitchell ASAP.
- We welcome postdoctoral scholar Di Yang and analyst/field technician Rachel Hamre to the lab!
- New paper out! Empirical methods for remote sensing of nitrogen in drylands may lead to unreliable interpretation of ecosystem function.
- We are recruiting for a part-time Remote Sensing Analyst for invasive grass species mapping. Work is ideally suited for a graduate student. Work includes using satellite imagery to map invasive grasses in parts of Charles M. Russell (CMR) National Wildlife Refuge, downy brome (Bromus tectorum) distribution in the Centennials, and ventenata distribution on the National Bison Range. Position open until filled.
- Poster -- Research outreach: leveraging NEON data to investigate remote sensing of biodiversity variables
- Can NASA get its satellite data into the real world?