Mission Statement

The Spatial Sciences Center's (SSC) mission is to (1) promote and support basic and applied research incorporating geographic information science, remote sensing, global positioning system, and spatial analysis, (2) support and facilitate undergraduate and graduate courses in spatial sciences offered through several departments across MSU, and (3) promote the application of spatial sciences at MSU through outreach to faculty, students, and staff.


  • Kestral AerialChris Boyer of Kestrel Aerial Services offers mapping, photography, survey services, as well as an aerial platform adaptable to various sensors. The services include rapid deployment (typically less than three days) throughout the Northern Rockies. Kestrel's manned aircraft allows for efficient coverage of large areas of rugged and remote terrain. Chris is eager to support folks working on progressive, thought-provoking projects. For more information, please go to,  or contact Chris Boyer (Founder/Pilot) at, (406) 580-1946.

  • Nick Fox AwardCongratulations to Nick Fox on being awarded the 2020 COA-MAES Awards of Excellence in the category of Transformative Teaching!! Nick teaches several GPS, GIS, and Spatial Analysis courses.

  • Rick Lawrence receives lifetime achievement award for work in remote sensing!

  • 2019-2020 Remote Sensing Fellowships for Montana Undergraduate and Graduate Students

    MontanaView is offering 6 competitive fellowships ($1,500 each) for applied remote sensing projects for undergraduate and graduate students at each of the four higher educational institutions that are members of MontanaView:

    · 2 fellowships will be awarded at both Montana State University and the University of Montana.

    · 1 fellowship will be awarded at both Salish Kootenai College and Montana Tech.

    The goals of these fellowships are (1) to support students and provide encouragement and resources for them to pursue a career in geospatial sciences and remote sensing; and (2) to benefit the state of Montana by providing information, data, and analysis that will improve the management of natural resources.

     Through a competitive selection process, each institution will review and select worthy fellowship recipients for projects that are directly related to Montana’s agricultural, range, forest, wild land, urban, water, mineral, or other resources. Students will be awarded the fellowship at the completion of the project along with the submission of a brief project report (2 pages – due on 5/8/20) that will be delivered to both MontanaView and an identified stakeholder. Students will also be expected to present (oral or poster) at the 2020 Montana Association of Geographic Information Professionals (MAGIP) Big Sky GeoCon Conference, April 6-10 in Missoula, MT.

    Each fellowship recipient will receive $1,500. MontanaView will also provide funding to each fellowship recipient to cover the cost of the GeoCon conference registration ($75 per student).

    To apply: Please send the following to your institutional MontanaView contact:

    · A cover letter that highlights your unique qualifications for this fellowship.

    · A brief proposal (1-2 paragraphs) for your remote sensing research project. Clearly identify the problem and its significance, the anticipated approach, and a specific stakeholder that you will work with on this project (e.g. a state agency, a community organization, a school or university, etc.).

    · A resume or CV

    Deadline: 10/11/19

    Please direct your inquiries and send your applications to the following MontanaView contacts: Montana State University: Scott Powell ( University of Montana: Anna Klene ( Salish Kootenai College: Robert Kenning ( Montana Tech: Xiaobing Zhou (

  • Spatial Sciences Center research is featured in the Bozeman Daily Chronicle "MSU research group travels to Alaska to examine climate trends."