Professor and Chair

Dept. of Geography and Environmental Studies

Carleton University
1125 Colonel By Drive
Ottawa, Ontario
K1S 5B6

Office: B350A Loeb
Tel: 613-520-2560


Remote Sensing and Geospatial Research

of Vegetation, Habitat and Biodiversity

Research Goal : Develop remote sensing and geo-spatial methods for modelling, mapping and monitoring vegetation and habitat at landscape and patch scales. A complementary goal is to improve the science and understanding of the relations of image spectral, spatial, pattern and scale characteristics with vegetation and landscape attributes.

My research focusses on airborne and high resolution satellite remote sensing, with additional larger area studies using moderate resolution imagery such as SPOT, Landsat and Radarsat.

Example current projects:

  • Landscape indicators and agri-environmental policies for biodiversity enhancement on agricultural lands (NSERC Strategic Grant with GLEL co-directors (see below), several PDFs (D. Duro, J. Girard, J. Pasher, A. Smith), and graduate students (N. Alavi (PhD); M. Fairbrother (MSc) - S. Mitchell co-supervisor). Includes modeling of spatio-temporal landscape heterogeneity derived from imagery and land cover maps against biodiversity for various taxa.
  • Arctic tundra biochemical modelling using multi-angle hyperspectral data (PhD project, B. Kennedy). Collaboration with the Environment Canada Landscape Science and Technology.
  • Discriminating grassland and pasture for Canada's Agriculture Inventory (E. Lindsay, MSc). Collaboration with Agriculture and Agri-Foods Canada (AAFC); A. Davidson (AAFC; Adjunct in DGES) co-supervisor.
  • Wetland mapping in Ethiopia (P. Dubeau, MSc)

Example Powerpoint presentations of recently completed projects (see also 'Research' and 'Papers' tabs above)

Recent research  funds: Natural Sciences and Engineering Council of Canada (NSERC) Discovery and Strategic Grants, the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, Environment Canada National Wildlife Research Centre, Carleton University.

Geomatics-Landscape Ecology Laboratory (GLEL) for Research in Support of Species Conservation:
A lab facility with field vehicles and equipment and remote sensing equipment developed 2004-07 for 25 graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and visiting colleagues. Co-directed with Lenore Fahrig (Biology), Scott Mitchell (Geography and Environmental Studies) , and Kathryn Lindsay (National Wildlife Research Centre, Environment Canada ). Funding provided by the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI), the Ontario Innovation Trust (OIT), The Hamlin Family Fund (donation), Environment Canada, and Carleton University.