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    Jamon Van Den Hoek

    Jamon Van Den Hoek photo
    Assistant Professor
    Discipline: Geography, Environmental Sciences, and Marine Resource Management
    Office: Strand 347
    Phone: 541-737-1229
    Email: jvandenhoek@coas.oregonstate.edu


    "The summit of Mount Everest is marine limestone. This one fact is a treatise in itself on the movements of the surface of the Earth. If by some fiat, I had to restrict all this writing to one sentence; this is the one I would choose." -- John McPhee, Annals of the Former World

    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 (Fall 2016)

    Geog 464/564: Geospatial Perspectives on Intelligence, Security, and Ethics (Spring 2017)

    Geog 599/699: Experimental Satellite Image Analysis (Fall 2016)

    Graduate Students

    PhD: Alan Devenish, Alex Smith

    MSc: Frieda Fein, Paulo Murillo-Sandoval


    Columbia University Center for Spatial Research

    Forensic Architecture

    New York Times

    Amnesty International




      1. 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
      2. 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
      3. 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
      4. 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
      5. 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
      6. 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
      7. Roth, R.E., Van Den Hoek, J., Woodruff, A., Erkenswick, A., McGlynn, E., & Przbylowski, J. (2009). The 21st Century Campus Map: Mapping the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Journal of Maps, 5, 1-8. doi: 10.4113/jom.2009.1036

      Books and Book Chapters

      1. Van Den Hoek, J. (2014). Shangri-La Allure. Washington, DC: self-published. (link)
      2. 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)
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