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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 environmental condition and patterns are tied to processes of violent conflict. 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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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


2018-present   Visiting Research Fellow, Department of Visual Cultures, Goldsmiths College, University of London

2018                  Visiting Professor, Vulnerability Analysis and Mapping Unit, World Food Programme

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 (Spring 2016, 2017)

Geog 699: War is a Land Use (Spring 2018)

Graduate Students

PhD: Alan Devenish, Alex Smith

MSc: Anna Ballasiotes, Hannah Friedrich

Graduated: Frieda Fein (MSc), Paulo Murillo-Sandoval (MSc)


Amnesty International

Columbia University Center for Spatial Research

Forensic Architecture

New York Times



  1. Kosten, S., van den Berg, S., Mendonca, R., Reinaldo, J., Roland, F., Sobek, S., Van Den Hoek, J., Barros, N. (2018). Extreme drought boosts CO2 and CH4 emissions from reservoir drawdown areas. Inland Watershttps://doi.org/10.1080/20442041.2018.1483126
  2. Murillo-Sandoval, P., Hilker, T., Krawchuk, M., & Van Den Hoek, J. (2018). Detection and attribution of forest disturbance and drivers in the Colombian Andes. Forests9(5), 269. https://doi.org/10.3390/f9050269
  3. Van Den Hoek (2018). War is a Land Use. People and Pixels Revisited: 20 years of progress and new tools for population-environment research. (link)
  4. Wrathall, D., Van Den Hoek, J., Walters, A., Devenish, A. (2018). Water stress and human migration: a global, georeferenced review of empirical research. United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (UN FAO) Land and Water Discussion Paper #11 http://www.fao.org/3/i8867en/I8867EN.pdf
  5. Van Den Hoek, J. (2017). Agricultural market activity and Boko Haram attacks in northeastern Nigeria. West African Papers, No. 9, OECD Publishing, Paris. http://dx.doi.org/10.1787/13ba9f2e-en
  6. Van Den Hoek, J. (2017). By Any Lens Necessary: A Satellite Image Account of Conflict. In The Noise of Being (pp. 142-149). Amsterdam, the Netherlands: SonicActs Publications. (link)
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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/
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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)
  17. 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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