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. 

Latest News and Opportunities

  • We are looking for a lead field technician with remote sensing or digital image processing experience to assist with invasive grass species mapping this summer, and an assistant field technician for the same project.
  • Our collaborators at Boise State University are searching for an EPSCR GEM3 postdoctoral researcher to support a program that seeks to understand how genetic diversity and phenotypic plasticity affect species response to environmental change, shaping both population response and adaptive capacity.
  • The search continues for a postdoctoral researcher to help develop methods for measuring biodiversity indicators using NEON field and Airborne Observatory Platform databases. 

See News and Opportunities for more.