Dr. Geoffrey M. Henebry

Geoffrey M. Henebry
  • Professor
  • Geography, Environment, and Spatial Sciences
  • Center for Global Change and Earth Observations
  • Geography Building, 673 Auditorium, Room 216, East Lansing, MI 48824
  • or
  • Manly Miles Building 1405 S. Harrison Rd, Room 206b, East Lansing, MI 48823
  • 517-355-3899


Environmental Sciences. Environmental patterns and processes, including quantitative analysis and modeling of land surface phenology and land cover land use change


Geoffrey M. Henebry is a Professor in the Department of Geography, Environment, and Spatial Sciences and the Center for Global Change and Earth Observations at Michigan State University. Dr. Henebry is a broadly trained environmental scientist specializing in interdisciplinary research. He earned his Ph.D. in Environmental Sciences from the University of Texas at Dallas in 1989. He held a postdoctoral position with the Konza Prairie Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) project at Kansas State University from 1989-1996, during which time he started exploring the use of remote sensing to understand the spatio-temporal interplay of environmental patterns and processes. He was a Senior Fulbright Research Fellow at the Instituto National de Pesquisas Espacias (INPE) in São José dos Campos, Brazil, from September 1993 through February 1994 using time series of synthetic aperture radar data to monitor flooding dynamics in the Pantanal Matogrossense. From 1996-1999 he was an Assistant Professor of Landscape Ecology at Rutgers-Newark. Geoff took the opportunity to return to the Great Plains in 1999 by joining the Center for Advanced Land Management Information Technologies (CALMIT) at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln as an Associate Geoscientist and Research Associate Professor in the School of Natural Resources. In 2005 he moved yet farther north to South Dakota to join the newly formed Geographic Information Sciences Center of Excellence at South Dakota State University as a Senior Research Scientist and Professor of Biology and Geography. In 2011 he became the Co-Director of the Geospatial Sciences Center of Excellence and a Professor of Natural Resource Management. During 2018-2019, Geoff was a John A. Hannah Distinguished Visiting Professor at MSU. He joined MSU as regular faculty in August of 2019. He is pleased to work at the pioneer land grant university that embraces international research as central to its mission.


Geoff’s research interests are broad, but a recurrent theme is the use of remote sensing and geospatial technologies to study environmental patterns and processes, including quantitative analysis and modeling of land surface phenology and land cover land use change. He has studied land dynamics in North, Central, and South America, Eastern Europe, European Russia, and Central Asia, and in a variety of context, including grasslands and croplands, drylands and wetlands, and urbanizing areas. He enjoys international collaborations and fieldwork. He has mentored: (1) doctorate students from Bangladesh, China, Colombia, Ethiopia, The Netherlands, The Philippines, Poland, Ukraine, and Vietnam, (2) masters students from Czechia and the USA, and (3) post-doctoral research associates from China, Ethiopia, Kyrgyzstan, The Netherlands, The Philippines, Poland, and the USA. Geoff is a member of the NASA Land Cover Land Use Change Science Team, and he has received research funding through the years from NASA, NSF, NIH, DOE, USGS, NRC, and NATO. He is currently an Associate Editor of Remote Sensing of Environment (since 2018) and serves on the editorial boards of International Journal of Biometeorology (since 2012), Land (since 2020), Landscape Ecology (since 2007), and Science of Remote Sensing (since 2019). He has previously served on the editorial boards of BioScience (2003-2018), Ecology/Ecological Monographs (2001-2007), Applied Vegetation Science (2008-2011), Ecology & Society (2004-2008), and Conservation Ecology (1996-2003). He is active in the American Geophysical Union (AGU) and the North America Chapter of the International Association for Landscape Ecology (IALE-NA).


Google Scholar: https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=rli982AAAAAJ&hl=en

ORCID: http://orcid.org/0000-0002-8999-2709

ResearcherID: I-1509-2019