Cerian Gibbes, PhD

Cerian Gibbes, PhD

Cerian Gibbes, PhD

Associate Professor

Columbine Hall, rm. 2033

Areas of Interest

  • 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


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

Courses Taught

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

Selected Publications

  • Gibbes, C., Southworth, J., Waylen, P., Child, B. (2014). Climate variability as a dominant driver of post-disturbance savanna dynamics. Applied Geography, 53, 389-401.
  • 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.
  • Gibbes, C., Southworth J., Keys E. (2009). Wetland conservation: change and fragmentation in Trinidad's protected areas. Geoforum, 40, 91-104.

Honors and Awards

  • UCCS Faculty Award for Excellence in Research 2017
  • LAS Outstanding Teaching Award 2017
  • Fulbright Fellowship 2014-2016
  • 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

Volunteer and Service

  • UCCS Committee on Academic Progress
  • UCCS LAS Scholars Award Committee
  • Regional Director ASPRS-RMR
  • Reviewer for Journal of Environmental Management, Remote Sensing, Environmental Engineering and Management Journal, Biological Conservation, Applied Geography