Brandon J. VogtBrandon Vogt

Assistant Professor
Columbine 2011
alternate website
curriculum vitae


  • PhD, Geography, Arizona State University, 2007
  • MA, Geography, Arizona State University, 2000
  • BS, Natural Resource Management, University of Missouri, 1992

Research Interests:

  • Geomorphology - rock weathering, mountain systems, rock glaciers, and snow and ice processes in Intermountain West
  • Geomorphometry - scale and texture
  • Lightning / landscape interactions in Colorado
  • Geography curriculum development and assessment
  • Tools - terrestrial 3D laser scanning, GIS, geovisualization

Research Projects:

  • Colorado's lightning climatology
  • Understanding the role of microclimate on sandstone weathering
  • Characterizing landsurface change through terrestrial 3D laser scanning

Courses Taught:

  • Environmental Systems: Landforms and Soils (GES1010)
  • Digital Earth (GES2050)
  • Introduction to GIS (GES4050/5050)
  • Principles of Geomorphology (GES4310/5310/GEOL4630/5630)
  • Field Studies: Silverton, Colorado (GES4460/5170)
  • Sonic Landscapes: Eco Acoustic Art (HUM3990) cotaught with Glen Whitehead (UCCS) and Matthew Burtner (U of VA)

Awards and Honors:

  • 2014 LAS Outstanding Teaching Award
  • 2012 AAG Enhancing Departments and Graduate Education (EDGE) Grant Recipient
  • 2010 AAG Applied Geography Specialty Group Class Exercise Award Competition Winner
  • 2009 CU President's Teaching and Learning Collaborative Award
  • US Geological Survey On the Spot Award
  • Eagle Scout
  • Kodak Nomination of Excellence in Photography

Selected Publications:

  • Vogt, Brandon, and Stephen Hodanish. 2014. A high resolution lightning map of the state of Colorado. Monthly Weather Review 142(7): 2353-2360.
  • Vogt, Brandon. 2014. Visualizing summertime lightning patterns on Colorado Fourteeners. The Professional Geographer 66(1): 41-57.  
  • Vogt, Brandon, and P. Hodza. 2013. Using 'Digital Earth' to expose students to GIScience. Journal of Geography 112(5): 205-213.
  • Vogt, Brandon. 2013. Colorado 14ers, Pixel by Pixel. In D. Albert, & G. Dobbs (Eds.), Emerging Methods and Multidisciplinary Applications in Geospatial Research (pp. 239-254). Hershey, PA: Information Science Reference. (reprint)
  • Vogt, Brandon. 2012. Terrestrial 3d laser scanners as tools to enhance undergraduate geography curriculum. Papers of the Applied Geography Conferences 35:21-26.
  • Cameron, N., E. Butterworth, D. Cerney, W. Gribb, K. Haynes, B. Hodge, R. Honea and Brandon Vogt. 2012. Applied geography education in focus: strategic panel session. International Journal of Applied Geospatial Research 3(3).
  • Vogt, Brandon. 2011. Exploring cloud-to-ground lightning earth highpoint attachment geography by peak current. Earth Interactions 15:1-16.
  • Vogt, Brandon. 2011. Colorado 14ers, pixel by pixel. International Journal of Applied Geospatial Research 2(2):17-33
  • Vogt, Brandon, and R. Edsall. 2010. Terrestrial laser scanning and exploratory spatial data analysis for the mapping of weathering forms on rock art panels. Geocarto International 1:1-21.

Outreach and Service:

  • Vice-President Great Plains Rocky Mountains Division AAG
  • Applied Geography Conferences Board Member
  • GE Explorer Sub-Team Member
  • GES Web Designer
  • GES Colloquium Series Organizer