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New Mexico State University
College of Arts and Sciences
Department of Geography

Geography Faculty

Dr. Michaela Buenemann

Associate Professor



Phone: 575-646-6493
Fax: 575-646-7430
Office: Breland Hall, Room 139
Semester schedule


B.A. Geography, Spanish, Media Sciences, University of Paderborn, Germany, 1999
Ph.D. Geography, University of Oklahoma, 2007

Research Interests

Remote sensing, GIS, Cartography, Spatial modeling, Land change science, Land degradation, Landscape ecology, Biogeography, Drylands

Bio Sketch

Michaela Buenemann is an Associate Professor in the Department of Geography at New Mexico State University (NMSU). Before moving to her position at NMSU in 2008, she taught at the University of Oklahoma, James Madison University, and the University of Arizona. She earned her Ph.D. in geography from the University of Oklahoma in 2007. Her research integrates in situ and remote sensing data in geospatial modeling frameworks to generate a better understanding of coupled human-environment systems. This includes studies aimed at quantifying the spatio-temporal dynamics of land changes in drylands (e.g., woody plant encroachment, tree die-off, and urbanization), along with their human and environmental drivers as well as their impacts on land management sustainability. It also includes projects focused on describing, explaining, and predicting habitat suitability for mosquitoes and the viruses they vector as well as for larger species such as desert bighorn sheep. Dr. Buenemann has worked on research funded by the National Science Foundation, National Geospatial Intelligence Agency, Bureau of Land Management, National Institutes of Health, and New Mexico Department of Health. She has published in a diversity of regional, national, and international journals. Her teaching includes courses in the areas of geographic information science and technology, research methods in geography, human-environment relationships, and physical geography. She has served in leadership positions of the Southwest Division of the Association of American Geographers, the Rocky Mountain Region of the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, and the New Mexico Academy of Science.

Curriculum Vitae

Courses Taught

GEOG 111G, Geography of the Natural Environment (Syllabus)
GEOG 281, Map Use (Syllabus)
GEOG 381-571, Cartography & GIS (Syllabus)
GEOG 373-573, Introduction to Remote Sensing (Syllabus)
GEOG 473-582, Advanced Remote Sensing (Syllabus)
GEOG 455-555, Southwestern Environments (Syllabus)
GEOG 483-583, Field Explorations in Geography (Syllabus Local Semester, Syllabus Local Minimester, Syllabus Southwest)
GEOG 501, Geographic Thought and Research Design (Syllabus)
GEOG 586, Geospatial Techniques for Natural Resource Assessments (Syllabus)