Education: Doctor of Philosophy, 2002, Department of Geography, University of Maryland, College Park, MD, USA
Master of Science in Engineering, 1995, Department of Civil Engineering, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, NC, USA
Master of Arts, 1993, Department of Geography, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, NC, USA
Bachelor of Electrical Engineering, 1988, Auburn University, Auburn, AL, USA
Professional Experience: 2011- Professor, Department of Geography, University of Maryland, College Park, MD
Perform research on land cover extent and change at national, continental and global scales, advancing research methods to operational implementations in collaboration with government and non-government partners. Teach classes on land cover characterization using remotely sensed data sets and regional geographies. Provide service in support of department and campus as well as professional organizations.
2004-2011Co-Director and Professor, Geographic Information Science Center of Excellence,South Dakota State University, Brookings, SD
Led new research center on the science of large area earth observation and monitoring. Initial tasks included the hiring of 5 faculty and administration of new doctoral program in Geospatial Science and Engineering. Developed interdisciplinary research agenda to utilize engineering to efficiently and accurately process data, geography to create meaningful thematic depictions of land cover and land use change, and science applications to focus on the resultant effects of change on the geosphere, biosphere and hydrosphere.
2002-04 Assistant Research Scientist, University of Maryland, College Park, MD
Managed and performed analytical tasks as investigator on multiple land cover mapping projects. Developed and implemented procedures for classifying land cover and detecting land cover change, including non-traditional approaches for describing land cover transition zones and mosaics. Produced first global forest change estimates from satellite data for the years 1982-1999. Led field validation activities for continuous field tree cover mapping project of the lower 48 United States and for selected sites in central Africa and the Amazon.
1994-02 Faculty Research Assistant, University of Maryland, College Park, MD
Developed and implemented methodologies for mapping land cover at the global scale using remotely sensed data sets. Work included the first supervised classification of the earth surface at a 1km spatial resolution. Created a multi-resolution approach to mapping percent cover. This work led to an operational algorithm used with the MODIS sensor to produce global continuous fields of vegetation characteristics at a spatial resolution of 500 meters.
Taught senior/graduate level digital image processing class. Developed syllabus, lectures, exams and wrote exercises for laboratory section of class. Also taught junior-level Geography of Africa class, including physical, social, political, economic and historical aspects of Sub-Saharan African geography. Duties included writing syllabus, lecturing and developing writing-intensive examinations and exercises.
1991-94 Graduate Teaching/Research Assistant, University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Instructed analytical laboratory procedures for an introductory Earth Sciences class. Taught digital image processing techniques of remotely sensed data sets for the laboratory section of a lecture class. Also, led field research responsible for data acquisition and analysis for water resources project. Duties included digital image processing, depth profiling, radar scanning and sediment sampling of retention basins in metropolitan Charlotte.
1988-91 Aquaculture Extension Agent, United States Peace Corps, Bandudu, Zaire (DRC).
Initiated aquaculture practices in 25 rural villages. Taught individual farmers comprehensive fish farming techniques including site selection, construction, stocking, raising, harvesting and marketing. Engineered twenty-five gravity flow multi-pond systems and oversaw the construction of 43 ponds.
Courses taught: Geography of Sub-Saharan Africa, 300-level course of 25 students, University of Maryland, fall semester annually, fall 2012 – fall 2014
Land Cover Characterization, graduate remote sensing course, enrollment of 10 students, spring semester annually, spring 2012 - 2014.
Quantitative Remote Sensing, senior-level undergraduate advanced remote sensing course, enrollment typically under 10 students, Spring 2008 to 2011, fall 2015, fall 2016
Advanced Methods in Geospatial Modeling: Land Cover Mapping, Geospatial Science and Engineering doctoral program and cross listed graduate Geography elective course of 15 students, spring 2007.
Seminar in Geospatial Science and Engineering, doctoral degree program required course, South Dakota State University, spring and fall annually.
Remote Sensing/Digital Image Processing, 400-level course with mix of 30 undergraduate and graduate students, University of Maryland, spring 2002 and spring 2003.
Geography of Africa, 300-level course of 30 students, University of Maryland, spring 1996.
Digital Image Processing laboratory, 400-level lab section of 2-5 students, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, 1993.
Earth Science laboratory, 100-level lab section of 30 students, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, 1991-1992.
Student Advisees: Primary Advisor: Bolambee Bwangoy-Bankanza, Ph.D. student, South Dakota State University, GISc Center of Excellence, Mapping the inundated forests of the Congo Basin using multi-source remotely sensed data, fourth year.
Primary Advisor: Erik Lindquist, Ph.D. student, South Dakota State University, GISc Center of Excellence, Using MODIS and Landsat data to advance regional, high-spatial resolution change monitoring for the humid tropical forests of the Congo Basin, fourth year, NASA Earth System Science Fellowship Award Winner.
Primary Advisor: Yolande Munzimi, University of Maryland, GISc Center of Excellence, Hydrological response to land cover and land use change in the Congo Basin, fourth year, NASA Earth System Science Fellowship Award Winner.
Primary Advisor: Mary LeeAnn King, Ph.D. student, University of Maryland, Department of Geographical Sciences, Advancing global soybean cultivated area estimation, fifth year.
Primary Advisor: Sam Jantz, Ph.D. student, University of Maryland, Department of Geographical Sciences, Global biodiversity modeling in the context of land cover change, third year (2016)
Primary Advisor: Confiance Mfuka, M.S. in Geography, South Dakota State University, Relating in situ forest structure data to Landsat-derived forest cover extent and loss data, second year.
Primary Advisor: Qing Ying, Ph.D. student, University of Maryland, Department of Geographical Sciences, Role of forest plantations in climate change mitigation in China, third year (2016)
Primary Advisor: Ahmad Khan, Ph.D. student, University of Maryland, Department of Geographical Sciences,
Primary Advisor: Namita Giree, Masters student, Geography, South Dakota State University, Quantifying forest cover loss in Malaysia, 1990 to 2005, second year.
Committee Member: Steve Flanagan, Ph.D. student, University of Maryland, Department of Geographical Sciences, Climate sensitivity, plant migration, and the future carbon balance of forested systems, fourth year
Committee Member: Gabriela Rodrigues, Ph.D. student, University of Maryland, Department of Geographical Sciences, Physical and socioeconomic factors of tree cover variation in rural Haiti, third year
Committee Member: Amadou Moctar Dieye, Ph.D. student, South Dakota State University, GISc Center of Excellence, Land use land cover change and soil organic carbon under climate variability in Sahelian West Africa (1975-2055), fourth year, NASA Earth System Science Fellowship Award Winner.
Committee Member: Sumalika Biswas, Ph.D. student, University of Maryland, Department of Geographical Sciences. Fire related forest disturbances and the effect on ecosystems, fourth year.
Committee Member: Hasan Jackson, Ph.D. student, University of Maryland, Department of Geographical Sciences. Investigating Regional Vegetation Productivity and its Degradation in a Semi-Arid Rangeland of Australia, fifth year.
Committee Member: Jose Castano, Ph.D. student, University of Maryland, Department of Geographical Sciences,
Committee Member: Cheng Fu, Ph.D. student, University of Maryland, Department of Geographical Sciences, Modeling Impact of Urban Land Use on Human Activity and its Application in Classifying Urban Land Use: Case Study in New York City, Washington D.C. and Baltimore City as Example. Third year.
Committee Member: Yuan Xue, Ph.D. Student, University of Maryland, Department of Geographical Sciences. Title., Second Year (Fall 2015)
Committee Member: Kristofer Lasko, Ph.D. Student, University of Maryland, Department of Geographical Sciences. Characterizing small-holder crop residue burning practices and emissions in Hanoi Vietnam. Second Year (Fall 2015)
Committee Member: Danielle Rappaport, Ph.D. Student, University of Maryland, Department of Geographical Sciences. Integrating LIDAR and bioacoustics to evaluate the biodiversity legacy of forest degradation in Amazon. Second year (Fall 2015)
Committee Member: Ibraheem Khan, Ph.D. Student, University of Maryland, Department of Geographical Sciences
Primary Advisor: Belinda Arunarwati Margono, Ph.D. student, University of Maryland, GISc Center of Excellence, Forest cover, type, and structure monitoring in Indonesia using time-series Landsat imagery, graduated. Post-doc at University of Maryland, Department of Geographical Sciences
Primary Advisor: Alexandra Tyukavina, Ph.D. student, University of Maryland, Department of Geographical Sciences, Integrating MODIS, Landsat and GLAS data in characterizing forest dynamics, Graduated May 2015. Post-doc at University of Maryland, Dept. of Geographical sciences
Primary Advisor: Adam Case, Masters student, Geography, South Dakota State University, Correlating in situ canopy measurements with very high and moderate spatial resolution satellite data sets, graduated.
Primary Advisor: Bernard Adusei, M.S. in Geography, South Dakota State University, Landsat scene normalization using a MODIS 250 meter tree cover map, graduated. Employed at UMD.
Primary Advisor: Eugene Ochieng, Masters student, Geography, South Dakota State University, Mapping the land cover of Africa using 250 meter MODIS data, graduated.
Primary Advisor: Mark Broich, Ph.D. student, South Dakota State University, GISc Center of Excellence, Advancing the quantification of humid tropical forest cover loss with multi-resolution optical remote sensing: Sampling and wall-to-wall mapping, graduated.
Committee Member: Chris Barnes, Ph.D. student, South Dakota State University, GISc Center of Excellence, Radiative forcing due to land cover and land use change, graduated, NASA Earth System Science Fellowship Award Winner.
Committee Member: Laura Duncanson, Ph.D. student, University of Maryland, Department of Geographical Sciences, Linking allometric scaling theory with lidar remote sensing for improved biomass estimation and ecosystem characterization. Graduated December 2014
Committee Member: Xiaopeng Song, Ph.D. student, University of Maryland, Department of Geographical Sciences, Improved Quantification of Forest Cover Change and Implications for the Carbon Cycle. Graduated August 2015.
Khan, A., Hansen, M. C., Potapov, P., Stehman, S. V., & Chatta, A. A. (2016). Landsat-based wheat mapping in the heterogeneous cropping system of Punjab, Pakistan. International Journal of Remote Sensing, 37(6), 1391–1410. http://doi.org/10.1080/01431161.2016.1151572
Jantz, S., Pintea, L., Nackoney, J., and Hansen, M.C. “Employing Remotely Sensed Datasets to Map and Monitor Range-Wide Chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes) Habitat Suitability to Aid Conservation Efforts” In Review: Remote Sensing of the Environment, February 7, 2016
Biswas, S., Vadrevu, K.P., Lwin, Z.M., and Hansen, M.C. “Regime change and forest fragmentation in Myanmar – Policy Implications” Submitted Global Environmental Change, Oct 28 Hansen, M. C., Krylov, A., Tyukavina, A., Potapov, P. V., Turubanova, S., Zutta, B., Suspense, I., Margono, B., Stolle, F. & Moore, R. (2016). Humid tropical forest disturbance alerts using Landsat data. Environmental Research Letters, 11(3), 034008. http://doi.org/10.1088/1748-9326/11/3/034008
Tracewski, L., Catherine, T., Hansen, M.C., and Buchanan, G. “Rapid cloud-based processing of global tree loss maps at multiple spatial scales’ Submitted Ecological Informatics October 23, 2015
Goetz, S. J., Hansen, M., Houghton, R. A., Walker, W., Laporte, N., & Busch, J. (2015). Measurement and monitoring needs, capabilities and potential for addressing reduced emissions from deforestation and forest degradation under REDD+. Environmental Research Reviews, 10(12), 123001. doi:10.1088/1748-9326/10/12/123001
McRoberts, R., Vibrans, A., Sannier, C., Naesset, E., Hansen, M.C., Walters, B., Lingner, Debora. “Methods for comparing the utilities of local and global maps for increasing the precision of estimates of subtropical forest area” Submitted Canadian Journal of Forest Research Sept 19, 2015
Flanagan, S.A., Hurtt, G., Fisk, J.P., Sahajpal, R., Hansen, M.C., Dolan, K.A., Sullivan J.H., and Maosheng Zhao. 2015 “Potential Vegetation and Carbon Redistribution in Northern North America from Climate Change.” Climate. 3:1 doi:10.3390/cli30x000x
Zarin, D. J., Harris, N. L., Baccini, A., Aksenov, D., Hansen, M. C., Ramos, C. A., Tyukavina, A. (2015). Can carbon emissions from tropical deforestation drop by 50% in five years? Global Change Biology, n/a–n/a. http://doi.org/10.1111/gcb.13153
Tyukavina, A., Hansen, M. C., Potapov, P. V., Krylov, A. M., & Goetz, S. J. (2015). Pan-tropical hinterland forests: mapping minimally disturbed forests. Global Ecology and Biogeography, n/a–n/a. http://doi.org/10.1111/geb.12394
Hansen, M.C., Potapov, P.V., Goetz, S., Turubanova, S., Tyukavina, A., Krylov, A., Kommareddy A., and Egorov, A. “Mapping tree height distributions in Sub-Saharan Africa using Landsat 7 and 8 data.” Accepted Remote Sensing of Environment.
Turubanova, S., Potapov, P., Krylov, A., Tyukavina, A., McCarty, J. L., Radeloff, V. C., & Hansen, M. C. (2015). Using the Landsat data archive to assess long-term regional forest dynamics assessment in Eastern Europe, 1985-2012. ISPRS - International Archives of the Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Spatial Information Sciences, XL-7/W3, 531–537. http://doi.org/10.5194/isprsarchives-XL-7-W3-531-2015
Joshi, A.R., Dinerstein, E., Wikramanayake, E., Anderson, M.L., Olson, D., Jones, B.S., Seidensticker, J., Lumpkin, S., Hansen, M.C., Sizer, N.C., Davis, C.L., Palminteri, S., and Hahn, N.R. “Tracking changes in critical tiger habitat through cloud-based computing” submitted Nature June 2015
Molinario, G., Hansen, M. C., & Potapov, P. V. (2015). Forest cover dynamics of shifting cultivation in the Democratic Republic of Congo: a remote sensing-based assessment for 2000–2010. Environmental Research Letters, 10(9), 094009. http://doi.org/10.1088/1748-9326/10/9/094009
Dr. Adami “The New Amazon Near Real-Time Deforestation Detection System”
Egorov, A. V., Hansen, M. C., Roy, D. P., Kommareddy, A., & Potapov, P. V. (2015). Image interpretation-guided supervised classification using nested segmentation. Remote Sensing of Environment, 165, 135–147. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.rse.2015.04.022
Song, X.-P., Huang, C., Saatchi, S. S., Hansen, M. C., & Townshend, J. R. (2015). Annual Carbon Emissions from Deforestation in the Amazon Basin between 2000 and 2010. PLOS ONE, 10(5), e0126754. http://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0126754
Fritz, S., See, L., McCallum, I., You, L., Bun, A., Moltchanova, E., Duerauer, M., Albrechy, F., Schill, C., Perger, C., Havlik, P., Mosnier, A., Thornton, P., Wood-Sichra, U., Herrero, M., Becker-Reshef, I., Justice, C., Hansen, M.C., Gong, Peng., Abdel Aziz, S., Cipriani, A., Cumani, R., Cecchi, G., COnchedda, G., Ferreira, S., Gomex, A., Haffani, M., Kayitakire, F., Malanding, J., Mueller, R., Newby, T., Nonguierma, A., Olusegun, A., Ortner, S., Rajak, D.R., Rocha, J., Schepaschenko, D., Schepaschenko, M., Terekhoc, A., Tiangwa, A., Vancutsem, C., Vintrou, E., Wenbin, W., Van Der Velde, M., Dunwoody, A., Kraxner, F & Obersteiner, M. (2015). Mapping global cropland and field size. Global Change Biology, 21(5), 1980–1992. http://doi.org/10.1111/gcb.12838
Busch, J., Ferretti-Gallon, K., Engelmann, J., Wright, M., Austin, K. G., Stolle, F. Turubanova, S., Potapov, P.V., Margono, B., Hansen, M.C. & Baccini, A. (2015). Reductions in emissions from deforestation from Indonesia’s moratorium on new oil palm, timber, and logging concessions. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 112(5), 1328–1333. http://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1412514112
Tyukavina, A., Baccini, A., Hansen, M. C., Potapov, P. V., Stehman, S. V., Houghton, R. A., Krylov, A.M., Turubanova, S. & Goetz, S. J. (2015). Aboveground carbon loss in natural and managed tropical forests from 2000 to 2012. Environmental Research Letters, 10(7), 074002. http://doi.org/10.1088/1748-9326/10/7/074002
Staver, A.C. and Hansen, M.C. 2014. “Analysis of stable states in global savannas: the the CART pulling the horse? – a comment.” Submitted Journal of Global Ecology and Biogeograhpy 17July2014. Krylov, A., McCarty, J., Potapov, P.V., Loboda, T., Tyukavina, A., Turubanova, S., and Hansen, M.C. 2014. “Remote Sensing estimates of stand-replacement firest in Russia, 2002-2011” submitted Environmental Research Letters, 07/09 Jonah Busch, Kalifi Ferretti-Gallon, Jens Engelmann, Max Wright, Kemen Austin, Fred Stolle, Svetlana Turubanova, Peter V. Potapov, Belinda Margono, Matt Hansen and Alessandro Baccini. 2014. “Can Indonesia’s moratorium on new concessions for oil palm, timber, and logging reduce emissions from deforestation?” submitted PANS 07/02 M. Hansen, P. Potapov, B. Margono, S. Stehman, S. Turubanova, A. Tyukavina. 2014. Response to Comment on “High-resolution global maps of 21st-century forest cover change”, Science, 344, 981
Nackoney, J., G. Molinario, P. Potapov, S. Turubanova, M.C. Hansen, T. Furuichi (2014). Impacts of civil conflict on primary forest habitat in northern Democratic Republic of the Congo, 1990-2010. Biological Conservation 170: 321-328.
Potapov, P. V., Turubanova, S. A., Tyukavina, A., Krylov, A. M., McCarty, J. L., Radeloff, V. C., & Hansen, M. C. (2015). Eastern Europe’s forest cover dynamics from 1985 to 2012 quantified from the full Landsat archive. Remote Sensing of Environment, 159, 28–43. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.rse.2014.11.027 Munzimi, Y. A., Hansen, M. C., Adusei, B., & Senay, G. B. (2015). Characterizing Congo Basin Rainfall and Climate Using Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM) Satellite Data and Limited Rain Gauge Ground Observations. Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology, 54(3), 541–555. http://doi.org/10.1175/JAMC-D-14-0052.1
Belinda Arunarwati Margono, Peter V. Potapov, Svetlana Turubanova, Fred Stolle and Matthew C. Hansen, 2014, Primary forest cover loss in Indonesia, 2000 to 2012, Nature Climate Change, DOI: 10.1038 Rose, Robert; Byler, Dirck; Eastman, J.; Fleishman, Erica; Geller, Gary; Goetz, Scott; Guild, Liane; Hamilton, Healy; Hansen, Matthew; Headley, Rachel; Hewson, Jennifer; Horning, Ned; Kaplin, Beth; Laporte, Nadine; Leidner, Allison; Leimgruber, Peter; Morisette, Jeffrey; Musinsky, John; Pintea, Lilian; Prados, Ana; Radeloff, Volker; Rowen, Mary; Saatchi, Sassan; Schill, Steven; Tabor, Karyn; Turner, Woody; Vodacek, Anthony; Vogelmann, James; Wegmann, Martin; Wilkie, David; Wilson, Cara, 2014, Ten ways remote sensing can contribute to conservation, Conservation Biology, submitted
Xuemei Han, Regan L. Smyth, Bruce E. Young, Thomas M. Brooks, Alexandra Sanchez de Lozada, Philip Bubb, Stuart H.M. Butchart, Frank W. Larsen, Healy Hamilton and Matthew C. Hansen, 2014, A Biodiversity Indicators Dashboard: Addressing Challenges to Monitoring Progress towards the Aichi Biodiversity Targets Using Disaggregated Global Data, PLOS ONE, submitted
Daniel Nepstad, David McGrath, Claudia Stickler, Ane Alencar, Andrea Azevedo, Briana Swette, Tathiana Bezerra, Maria DiGiano, Joao Shimada, Ronaldo Seroa da Motta, Eric Armijo, Leandro Castello, Paulo Brando, Matt Hansen, Max McGrath-Horn, Oswalso Carvalho and Laura Hess, 2014, Slowing Amazon deforestation through public policy and interventions in beef and soy supply chains, Science, 344:6188, 1118-1123, DOI: 10.1126/science.1248525 Margono, B. A., Bwangoy, J.-R. B., Potapov, P. V., & Hansen, M. C. (2014). Mapping wetlands in Indonesia using Landsat and PALSAR data-sets and derived topographical indices. Geo-Spatial Information Science, 17(1), 60–71. http://doi.org/10.1080/10095020.2014.898560
Nepstad, D., McGrath, D., Stickler C., Alencar, A., Azevedo, A., Bezerra, Tathiana., Shimada, Joao., Seroa da Motta, R., DiGiano, M., Castello, L., Armijo, E., Brando, P., Swette, Briana., Hansen, M.C., and Oswaldo Carvalho, 2014, Managing Amazon Deforestation through Public Policy and Sustainable Commodity Chain Interventions, Science, under review. Roy, D.P., Qin, Y., Kovalskyy, V., Vermote, E.F., Ju, J., Egorov, A., Hansen, M.C., Kommareddy, I., and Yan, L., 2014, Conterminous United States demonstration and characterization of MODIS-based Landsat ETM + atmospheric correction., Remote Sensing of Environment, 140, 433-449.
Hansen M.C., Egorov A., Potapov P. V., Stehman S. V., Tyukavina A., Turubanova S. A., Roy D. P., Goetz S. J., Loveland T. R., Ju J., Kommareddy A., Forsythe C., Bents T., 2014, Monitoring conterminous United States (CONUS) land cover change with Web-Enabled Landsat Data (WELD), Remote Sensing of Environment, 140, 466-484.