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.


  • Assistant Professor of Remote Sensing - Employment Opportunity (09/30/19) 

    The Department of Land Resources and Environmental Sciences at Montana State University, Bozeman is seeking applicants for a tenure track faculty position in remote sensing (45% research, 45% teaching, 10% service). We intend to hire a talented and enthusiastic individual who will: (1) provide leadership in the acquisition, analysis, characterization and application of remotely sensed imagery at multiple scales; (2) actively contribute to sustaining and enhancing the department’s research, teaching, and outreach programs related to remote sensing as applied to land resources and environmental sciences; and (3) contribute to the MSU Spatial Sciences Center and its mission to advance academic research and instructional programs and to participate in campus-wide synergistic collaboration. Candidates should have outstanding research and teaching experience (or potential) and fundamental training in remote sensing and quantitative analysis as applied to a relevant agricultural/natural resources/environmental sciences field. Examples of potential research foci include ecosystem and landscape processes, environmental restoration, climate change, environmental biology, pest ecology and management, and sustainable and precision agricultural systems. The successful candidate will complement existing departmental strengths, and will be expected to develop a nationally competitive research program supported by extramural grant funds. The successful candidate will teach undergraduate and graduate courses in remote sensing, and mentor undergraduate and graduate students.

    Applications can be submitted to https://jobs.montana.edu/postings/18304 where more details about the position are also available. Screening will begin December 15, 2019, and applications will be accepted until an adequate applicant pool has been established. Montana State University values diverse perspectives and is committed to continually supporting, promoting, and building an inclusive and culturally diverse campus environment.

  • 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 (spowell@montana.edu) University of Montana: Anna Klene (anna.klene@umontana.edu) Salish Kootenai College: Robert Kenning (robert_kenning@skc.edu) Montana Tech: Xiaobing Zhou (xzhou@mtech.edu)

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