Dr. Joe Knight

Position: Professor of Remote Sensing
Position: Director, Remote Sensing and Geospatial Analysis Lab
Links: Forestry Dept   |   UAS Lab   |   Google Scholar   |   ResearchGate  |  ORCID 

Joe holds a Ph.D. from North Carolina State University and previously worked as a Biologist with the United States Environmental Protection Agency.  He is an author of numerous publications, including peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, and technical reports.  Joe is a recipient of the 2017 Center for Transportation Studies Research Partnership Award, the 2012 Richard C. Newman Art of Teaching Award, the 2011 College of Food, Agriculture, and Natural Resource Science (CFANS) Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching Award, and the 2007 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Science and Technology Achievement Award.

Joe teaches several UMN courses:

  • FNRM 3262/5262 Remote Sensing and Geospatial Analysis, 3 credits, Fall
  • FNRM 3362/5362 Drones: Data, Applications, and Operations, 3 credits, Spring
  • FNRM 3462/5462 Advanced Remote Sensing and Geospatial Analysis, 3 credits, Spring
  • FNRM 3562/5562 Field Remote Sensing, 1 credit, Fall
  • FNRM 8205: Research Problems: Spatial Data Analysis, flexible credts and semester

Joe's CV can be found here. If you need an updated version, please email Joe.

Dr. Chad Babcock

Position: Assistant Professor of Remote Sensing and Geospatial Analysis
Links: Forestry Dept   |   Google Scholar   |   ResearchGate

Chad's research focuses on developing geostatistical approaches using remotely sensed information to predict natural resource characteristics and address pressing questions related to their inventory, monitoring and management. His research work to date supports an overarching objective to contribute novel methodological and application oriented analyses to the growing body of research implementing statistically rigorous spatial and spatio-temporal analysis methods in natural resources and remote sensing through collaboration with scientists across the natural resource fields, ecology, remote sensing and statistics.

Chad teaches the following UMN courses (more to come):

  • FNRM 3262/5262 Remote Sensing and Geospatial Analysis, 3 credits, Fall
  • FNRM 3462/5462 Advanced Remote Sensing and Geospatial Analysis, 3 credits, Spring
  • FNRM 3562/5562 Field Remote Sensing, 1 credit, Fall

Dr. Marvin Bauer

Position: Professor Emeritus of Remote Sensing
Links: Forestry Dept   |   Water Remote Sensing

Marv's research has emphasized the development of quantitative satellite remote sensing for monitoring lake water quality, crop and forest inventory, impervious surface mapping, and land cover classification, change detection and analysis. He is a fellow of the American Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing and recipient of the USGS/NASA William T. Pecora Award, NASA Distinguished Public Service Medal, ASPRS SAIC Estes Memorial Teaching Award, and Minnesota GIS/LIS Consortium Lifetime Achievement Award. He was editor-in-chief of Remote Sensing of Environment journal from 1980-2014.

Dr. Paul Bolstad

Position: Professor
Links: Forestry Dept   |   GIS Courses

Paul's primary research interests are the measurement, analysis, modeling, and error propagation in studies of ecological phenomena at broad spatial scales. During the last ten years he has concentrated on quantifying forest mass and energy cycles, structure, and disturbance. More recently his work has focused on integrating these data with spatially-explicit models of important biophysical parameters, chiefly photosynthesis and respiration, temperature, water vapor pressure, and precipitation in the development of process-based ecosystem models at landscape scales. This collaborative work is being conducted in cooperation with a number of scientists, including projects on bark beetle population dynamics from tree to landscape scales in the Intermountain West, and forest canopy ecophysiology and carbon fluxes in deciduous forest systems of the eastern United States.

Paul teaches our upper level GIS courses:

  • FNRM 5131 Geographic Information Systems in Natural Resources
  • ESPM 4295/5295 GIS in Environmental Science and Management

Dr. Jennifer Corcoran

Position: Adjunct Assistant Professor
Links: Forestry Dept.   |   ResearchGate   |   LinkedIn

Jennifer is an Adjunct Assistant Professor focusing on remote sensing of Minnesota's forests. She is the Remote Sensing Program Consultant with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources in the Division of Forestry, Resource Analysis program. She works with the lab on her Landscape Scale Restoration (LSR) project and on our GLRI projects. She contributes to remote sensing courses and is active on several NRSM students' advisory committees.