Cerian GibbesCerian Gibbes

Assistant Professor
Columbine 2033


  • PhD, Geography, University of Florida, 2011
  • MS, Geography, University of Florida, 2006
  • BS, Geography, University of Florida, 2004

Research Interests:

  • Human-environment interactions within the field of land change science
  • Advancement of remote sensing techniques for analyses of land use land cover change
  • Climate-land interactions
  • Socio-ecological implications of conservation strategies

Research Projects:

  • Understanding and Predicting the Impact of Climate Variability and Climate Change on Land Use and Land Cover Change
  • Examining Social and Ecological Vulnerabilities to Wildfire
  • Governance, Land Use and Resource Rights in Southern Africa: Paths toward Grassroots Democratization

Courses Taught:

  • Remote Sensing (GES4060/5060)
  • Image Analysis (GES4090/5090)
  • Urban Ecology (GES 4700)
  • Geography of Sub-Saharan Africa (GES 3070)
  • Digital Earth (GES2050)

Awards and Honors:

  • Coupled Human and Natural Systems (CHANS) Fellow - 2012
  • NASA Land Cover/Land Use Change Research Assistantship (2009-2011)
  • Social Science Research Council – Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship
  • NASA-MSU Professional Enhancement Award

Selected Publications:

  • Hopkins, A., Gibbes, C., Inurreta, A., Rojas, R. (2012). Linking Remote Sensing, Census and Interview Data to Understand Forest Transitions in the Southern Cone of the State of Yucatan, Mexico. Ethnobotany Research and Application, 10, 1-13.
  • Gaughan, A., Stevens, F.R., Gibbes, C., Southworth, J., and Binford, M. (2012). Linking vegetation response to seasonal precipitation in the Okavango-Kwando-Zambezi catchment of southern Africa. International Journal of Remote Sensing, 33, 6783-6804.
  • Southworth, J., Gibbes, C. (2010). Remote Sensing within the field of Land Change Science: Past, present and future directions. Geography Compass, 4, 1695-1712.
  • Gibbes, C., Southworth J., Keys E. (2009). Wetland conservation: change and fragmentation in Trinidad’s protected areas. Geoforum, 40, 91-104.

Outreach and Service:

  • UCCS Committee on Academic Progress
  • UCCS LAS Scholars Award Committee
  • Women in Geography Endowment Committee
  • Reviewer for Journal of Environmental Management, Remote Sensing, Environmental Engineering and Management Journal, Biological Conservation, Applied Geography