Masters/PhD in Landscape Ecology and Remote Sensing at the University of Nevada, Reno

Masters/PhD in Landscape Ecology and Remote Sensing at the University of Nevada, Reno


Dr. Jonathan Greenberg and the Global Environmental Analysis and Remote Sensing (GEARS) Laboratory at the University of Nevada, Reno are now inviting applications for Doctoral or Master’s work that will start in Fall of 2019 for students interested in the following topics:


Remote Sensing Science: Students should be interested in developing advanced remote sensing algorithms, particularly those that leverage high performance computing and machine learning algorithms.  GEARS is interested in the following general topics:

– Computer vision techniques applied to high spatial resolution LiDAR and optical remote sensing imagery including data collected from airborne and terrestrial laser scanners, as well as unmanned aerial vehicles.

– Change detection and time series analysis of multitemporal remote sensing image datasets, particularly as it applies to multitemporal LiDAR, hyperspatial optical, and “hypertemporal” datasets such as Landsat and MODIS.


Previous programming experience and a background in remote sensing, GIS, and/or computer vision is highly recommended.


Landscape Level Plant-Climate Interactions: Students should be interested in applying remote sensing, GIS, and modeling to the following questions at local to global scales:

– How do plants respond to their climate at regional to global scales scales?

– What will be the future state of vegetated ecosystems under climate change?

– How do non-climate factors such as natural and anthropogenic disturbance impact the past, present, and future distribution of plants?


A degree or background in biogeography, environmental science, ecology, and/or biology is encouraged for applicants, as well as previous experience in remote sensing and GIS and/or ecosystem modeling.


Prospective graduate students will be expected to develop their own research goals, and should have curiosity, motivation, and independence.  Prospective students should email a short summary of their research interests as well as a CV to Dr. Greenberg before applying to the program. Funding will be available from a variety of sources, including fellowships, research assistantships, and teaching assistantships.


Prospective PhD students should apply to the Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Biology graduate program ( and prospective Master’s students should apply to the Natural Resources and Environmental Science program (