Associate Professor

Office: 541-737-1229

Strand Agriculture Hall

Strand Agriculture Hall 347

170 SW Waldo Place

170 SW Waldo Place
Corvallis, OR 97331

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Brief Research Interests: 

Geospatial intelligence, remote sensing, spatial programming, digital image processing, conflict ecology, land use/land cover change


Vita: Jamon Van Den Hoek, PhD


I am guest editor for a special issue in Remote Sensing on "Remote Sensing of Geopolitics". Please message me if interested in submitting any work. 

My research uses global satellite imagery and geospatial data to learn about short- and long-term effects of climate change, land use, and violent conflict on people and landscapes. I teach remote sensing, GIS, and geospatial ethics courses, and lead the Conflict Ecology lab that focuses on how power and vulnerability are expressed both on the land and in our data. 

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Research Interests

I'm an Assistant Professor of Geography and Geospatial Science in the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences (CEOAS) at Oregon State University where I lead the Conflict Ecology lab. Much of my research is focused on developing new insights on the agency, decision-making processes, and survival of refugees, internally displaced peoples, and others affected by violent state conflict. I use tools of geography and remote sensing—map making, satellite image analysis from local to global scales, and machine learning—to connect patterns of environmental condition, land use, and climate change to processes of conflict, displacement, and resilience.

Current Research

Currently funded:



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)

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

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

Geog 699: War is a Land Use (Spring 2017-2018)

Geog 699: Geography of Survival (Spring 2019-)

Graduate Students


  • Alexander Smith (Oregon State University Provost Fellow; Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Fellow)


  • Anna Ballasiotes
  • Elise Mazur



Feature Stories

Geography of Survival class uses remote sensing to engage in real-world problem-solving (June, 2021)
Mapping the missing millions (January, 2018)


  1. Maystadt, J.-F., Mueller, V., Van Den Hoek, J., van Weezel, S. (2020). Vegetation changes attributable to refugees in Africa coincide with agricultural deforestation. Environmental Research Letters.
  2. Murillo-Sandoval, P., Van Dexter, K., Van Den Hoek, J., Wrathall, D., & Kennedy, R. (2020). The end of gunpoint conservation: Forest disturbance after the Colombian peace agreement. Environmental Research Letters.
  3. Fox, J., Saksena, S., Hurni, K., Van Den Hoek, J., Smith, A. C., Chhetri, R., & Sharma, P. (2019). Mapping and Understanding Changes in Tree Cover in Nepal: 1992 to 2016. Journal of Forests and Livelihoods, 18(1), 1-11.
  4. Kugler, T., Grace, K., de Sherbinin, A., Wrathall, D., Van Riper, D., Adamo, S., Aubrecht, C., Cervone, G., Comer, D., Engstrom, R., Hultquist, C., Gaughan, A., Linard, C., Moran, E., Stevens, F., Tatem, A., Tellman, B., Van Den Hoek, J. (2019).People & Pixels 20 years later: The current data landscape and research trends blending population and environmental data. Population and Environment.
  5. Woolway, R. I., Merchant, C. J., Van Den Hoek, J., Azorin-Molina, C., Nõges, P., Laas, A., Mackay, E., & Jones, I. D. (2019). Atmospheric stilling amplifies lake thermal responses to global warming. Geophysical Research Letters.
  6. Hurni. K., Van Den Hoek, J., & Fox, J. (2019). Assessing the spatial, spectral, and temporal consistency of topographically corrected Landsat time series composites across the mountainous forests of Nepal. Remote Sensing of Environment.
  7. Van Den Hoek, J.,Getirana, A., Jung, H., Okeowo, M. A., & Lee, H. (2019). Monitoring reservoir drought dynamics with Landsat and radar/lidar altimetry time series in persistently cloudy eastern Brazil. Remote Sensing, 11(7), 827.
  8. Shaffer, L. J., Khadka, K. K., Van Den Hoek, J., & Naithani, K. J. (2019). Human-Elephant Conflict: A Review of Current Management Strategies and Future Directions. Frontiers in Ecology and Environment
  9. 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 Waters
  10. 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.
  11. 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)
  12. 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
  13. Van Den Hoek, J. (2017). Agricultural market activity and Boko Haram attacks in northeastern Nigeria. West African Papers, No. 9, OECD Publishing, Paris.
  14. 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)
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. 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, Summer
  20. 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
  21. 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
  22. 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
  23. 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
  24. 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)
  25. 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