Department of Geography & Environmental Studies


Forest Hydrology Research Lab - Lab Director Curt Holder
The Forest Hydrology Research Lab investigates the influence of vegetation characteristics in generating water for communities. Current research projects examine the extent to which leaf hydrophobicity influences canopy storage capacity in common species of the semi-arid Western United States and two sites in Guatemala. Data collected in the lab will increase our understanding of hydrological processes to inform the planning and management of vegetation cover in watersheds contributing as raw water source regions for municipalities. Contact Curt Holder (
Forest Hydrology Lab
Geomorphology Research Lab - Lab Director Brandon Vogt
Geomorphology seeks to understand processes that create and change landsurfaces. As an interdisciplinary science, geomorphology examines the lithosphere, hydrosphere, biosphere, atmosphere, cryosphere, and anthrosphere. Research tools include Leica-Geosystems ScanStation C10 3D terrestrial laser scanner (TLS), CST/Berger 205 electronic total station, Ingram-Ward compact combination thin section saw/grinder, drying oven, various GPS receivers, Federal snow sampler, Davis Wind Speed and Direction Smart Sensor / HOBO Micro Station Data Logger, Onset HOBO temperature / RH data loggers including TidbiTs, and a DJI Mavic Pro Platinum drone. Software environments available include TerrSet, ArcGIS Desktop / Pro, and Leica Cyclone V 2020. Contact Brandon Vogt (

 Geomorphology Lab

Geospatial Technology Lab - Lab Director Matt Gottfried
Several computer facilities at the university and within GES are well-equipped with technologies critical for the analysis and presentation of geospatial data. GES laboratories focus on computer cartography, geographic information systems, and remote sensing software and products. PCs are outfitted with all ESRI GIS products, including ArcGIS Desktop / Pro, ArcServer, and ArcSDE. The laboratories provide access to ENVI, ERDAS, Feature Analyst, TerrSet, Surfer, MapViewer, Grapher, TransCAD, Trimble Pathfinder, Microsoft Office, and SPSS. Contact Matthew Gottfried (
Geospatial Technology Laboratory
Tree Ring Lab - Lab Director Christine Biermann
The UCCS Tree Ring Laboratory is a research unit within GES. Housed in Columbine Hall, the lab uses dendrochronology, or the study of annual growth rings in trees, as a method to investigate issues of climate change, forest dynamics, fire history, and human-environment interactions. For more information, contact Christine Biermann (
Tree Ring Lab