Giorgos Mountrakis, PhD

Associate Professor in GIS and Remote Sensing
Dept. of Environmental Resources Engineering
State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry

Short Biography:

Dr. Giorgos Mountrakis is Associate Professor in Environmental Resources Engineering at the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Maine in Spatial Information Engineering and Science (2004).

He is the Founder of the Intelligent Geocomputing Laboratory at SUNY-ESF. His areas of expertise include:

  • environmental monitoring using remote sensing methods (e.g. impervious surface/vegetation structure using satellite image analysis),
  • environmental modeling using geographic methods (e.g. climate pattern analysis, national forest consolidation dynamics, biodiversity responses to climate/land cover changes, urban growth prediction), and
  • environmental decision systems (e.g. optimal placement of wildlife mitigation structures).
  • Dr. Mountrakis has been successful at securing external competitive grants from NASA, NSF, USDA Forest Service, USAID and Syracuse Center of Excellence. He has been the lead PI for approximately $2.3M in research funds, through individual and collaborative grants ($2.7M including Co-PI status). He has published in numerous journals and books and has presented his work in various national and international conferences. He is the recipient of several awards in recognition of his academic and research achievements including an award from NASA’s prestigious New Investigator Program (2008), ISPRS Excellent Reviewer Award (2012) and a Postdoctoral Fellowship from the National Academy of Sciences (2004).

    His teaching is innovative through student-engaging activities (e.g. incorporating inquiry-based learning) and it includes courses in Digital Image Analysis, Spatial Statistics, Remote Sensing, Surveying, GPS and Artificial Intelligence in Geography. Notable service activities include being an Associate Editor for the ISPRS journal, chairing an ASPRS National Committee on Academic Engagement, Guest Editorship in the October 2008 Special Issue on “Artificial Intelligence in Remote Sensing” for the Photogrammetric Eng. & Remote Sensing Journal, and his involvement in a United Nations FAO Thematic Study on Trees Outside the Forest. In 2012 he was a Keynote Speaker at the 32nd EARSEL Symposium.

    A full CV is available here.