Dr. Gibbes is currently continuing research which explores climate, land use and vegetation patterns in southern Africa. This research project on develops a temporally and spatially multi-scaled understanding of the relationships between land-cover and land-use change (LCLUC), and precipitation in the Kavango-Zambezi (KAZA) region of southern Africa. The work examines the use of land use land cover modeling and remote sensing applications to improving our understanding of vegetation dynamics in this semi-arid region and the corresponding ecological and social implications of change in precipitation and vegetation patterns. Additionally, Dr. Gibbes has just begun a project which studies the dynamics of land use and land cover in the Fountain Creek watershed in Colorado. This region, is similar to Dr. Gibbes' study region in southern Africa in that it is water limited and local population are/will be drastically impacted by climate changes. However, it presents an interesting context for the study of increasing urbanization with specific consideration for the role of local land and resource management practices in addressing current and future climate change challenges in this water limited environment.
Today's technology provides nonstop observations of our dynamic world at previously unseen spatial and temporal granularities. It is therefore essential to develop innovative exploratory visualization and pattern extraction tools for exploiting such valuable sources of information to develop insights about behavioral changes in spatiotemporal processes including movement and its patterns.
Dr. Dodge's current research involves developing interactive and dynamic visualization tools as well as pattern extraction methods for movement data.
In collaboration with Movebank (www.movebank.org), Dr. Dodge's recent research has a focus on exploring how certain environmental variables influence the movement patterns of animals. Movebank is an international project and an open data portal of animal tracking data, hosted by the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology.
Currently, Dr. Dodge is working with Glenn Xavier, a GES undergraduate student, to develop dynamic visualization tools as new web services for Movebank. For this project, Glenn Xavier received the LAS College's summer student research assistantship award. A demo of developed visualization technique can be seen at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i-dDNHTBUaE.