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Jamon Van Den Hoek

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Assistant Professor
Discipline: Geography, Environmental Sciences, and Marine Resource Management
Office: Strand 347
Phone: 541-737-1229
Email: jvandenhoek@coas.oregonstate.edu
Vita or Résumé


Conflict Ecology: I'm interested in better understanding how changes in land cover pattern or land use vulnerability may result from or potentially contribute to the process of conflict at regional or national levels. I use satellite imagery to measure long-term and spatially diffuse changes in forests, agriculture, and surface water, and consider potential relationships to conflict and sociopolitical power as well as land use policy and climate change. Most of my research involves spatial modeling and landscape pattern analysis, and I tend to use open-source machine learning, image processing, geospatial analysis, and spatial statistics programming tools.

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Current Research

  • Using large volume satellite imagery, open source programming, machine learning, and social datasets to examine interrelationships between land degradation, environmental resource deprivation, and social conflict.
  • Monitoring socio-environmental transition through Remote Sensing: NASA-funded research on Nepali community forestry following the Civil War (link)
  • Identifying damage/descruction due to violent conflict or natural disaster: Knight Foundation-funded research on the Conflict Analysis Toolbox (link)


Ph.D. (2012)   Geography, University of Wisconsin-Madison. Mosaics of Change: Cross-Scale Forest Cover Dynamics and Drivers in Tibetan Yunnan, China

M.Sc. (2005)    Civil and Environmental Engineering, UW-Madison. Geographic Information Systems: Modeling and Analytical Shortcomings within a Landscape Archaeological Case Study

B.Sc. (2004)    Civil and Environmental Engineering, UW-Madison

B.A. (2004)      Classical Humanities with Certificate in Archaeology, UW-Madison


2016                  Adjunct Associate Research Scholar, GSAPP, Columbia University

2015                  Visiting Scientist, Biospheric Sciences Laboratory, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

2012-2015         NASA Postdoctoral Fellow, Biospheric Sciences Laboratory, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

2010-2011         Visiting Researcher, Geomatics Lab, Humboldt University-Berlin

2007-2010         NSF Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) Trainee, UW-Madison


Geog 360: Introduction to Geographic Information Science (Spring 2018)

Geog 464/564: Geospatial Perspectives on Security, Intelligence, and Ethics (Spring 2018)

Geog 481/581: Remote Sensing II: Satellite Image Processing and Analysis (Winter 2018)

Geog 599/699: Experimental Satellite Image Analysis (Winter 2018)

Graduate Students

PhD: Alan Devenish, Alex Smith

MSc: Frieda Fein


Columbia University Center for Spatial Research

Forensic Architecture

New York Times

Amnesty International



  1. Montesano, P.M., Neigh, C., Sun, G., Duncanson, L., Van Den Hoek, J., Ranson, J. (2017). The use of sun elevation angle for stereogrammetric forest height in open canopies. Remote Sensing of Environment. doi:10.1016/j.rse.2017.04.024
  2. Murillo-Sandoval, P., Van Den Hoek, J., & Hilker, T. (2017). Leveraging Multi-Sensor Time Series Datasets to Map Short- and Long-Term Tropical Forest Disturbances in the Colombian Andes. Remote Sensing, 9(2), 179. doi:10.3390/rs9020179
  3. Alonzo, M., Van Den Hoek, J., & Ahmed, N. (2016). Capturing coupled riparian and coastal disturbance from industrial mining using cloud-resilient satellite time series analysis. Scientific Reports, 6, 35129. doi: 10.1038/srep35129
  4. Weizman, E., Varvia, C., Axel, N., Sebregondi, F., Burns, J., Molavi, S. C., Toftgaard, G. A., Sotomayor, C. E., Van Gool, V., Panagiotopoulou, D., Van Den Hoek, J., Güiraldes, R., Halabi, H., Abdullah, M., Klish, K., de Souza, A. N., Schuppli, S., & Pines, J. (2015). ‘Black Friday’: Carnage in Rafah During 2014 Israel/Gaza Conflict. Amnesty International. doi: 10.13140/RG.2.1.3756.2004
  5. Read, E., Bucknell, M., Hines, M., Kreft, J., Lucido, J., Read, J., Schroedl, C., Sibley, D., Stephan, S., Suftin, I., Thongsavanh, P., Van Den Hoek, J., Walker, J., Wernimont, M., Winslow, L., & Yan, A. (2015). New Insight Into California's Drought Through Open Data. BayGeo Journal, Summerhttp://journal.baygeo.org/new-insight-into-californias-drought-through-open-data/
  6. Van Den Hoek, J., Burnicki, A., Ozdogan, M., & Zhu, A. (2015). Using a landscape ecology-based analysis to examine the success of forest policy implementation in Southwest China. Landscape Ecology, 30(6). doi: 10.1007/s10980-015-0171-y
  7. Van Den Hoek, J., Read, J. S., Winslow, L. A., Montesano, P. M., & Markfort, C. D. (2015). Examining the utility of broad-scale satellite-based wind sheltering estimates for lake-level hydrodynamic modeling. Remote Sensing of Environment, 156, 551-560. doi: 10.1016/j.rse.2014.10.024
  8. Read, J.S., Winslow, L.A., Hansen, G.J., Van Den Hoek, J., Hanson, P.C., Bruce, L.C., & Markfort, C.D. (2014). Simulating 2368 temperate lakes reveals weak coherence in stratification phenology. Ecological Modelling, 291, 142-150. doi: 10.1016/j.ecolmodel.2014.07.029
  9. Van Den Hoek, J., Ozdogan, M., Burnicki, A., & Zhu, A. (2014). Evaluating forest policy implementation effectiveness with a cross-scale remote sensing analysis in a priority conservation area of Southwest China. Applied Geography, 47, 177-189. doi: 10.1016/j.apgeog.2013.12.010
  10. Van Den Hoek, J., & Aylward, W. (2013). Geophysics. In W. Aylward (Ed.), Excavations at Zeugma (pp. 232-246). Los Altos, CA: The Packard Humanities Institute. (PDF)
  11. Van Den Hoek, J., Baumgartner, J., Doucet-Beer, E., Hildebrandt, T., Robinson, B.E., & Zinda, J.A. (2012). Understanding the Challenges and Rewards of Social-Ecological Research in China. Society and Natural Resources, 25(12). doi: 10.1080/08941920.2012.658985
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