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.


  • SCC resident Mary Farina is awarded a NASA FINESST grant to study different methods to improve monitoring of ecological processes using NASA satellite data. Read more about her NASA grant...
  • Apply now for the Montana Space Grant Consortium (MSGC) fall 2020 workshops.
  • SSC student Mary Farina was recently selected to receive competitive 3-year award from NASA FINNEST (Future Investigators in NASA Earth and Space Science) for her project, A multi-scale analysis to address uncertainty in bottom-up estimates of carbon exchange in Alaska.  Congratulations Mary!!

  • 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  [email protected], (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!

  • Congratulations to the 2019-2020 MontanaView Remote Sensing Fellowship Winners!

    • Montana State University
      • Lochlin Ermatinger: Investigating the abundance and distribution of nectar resources for natural enemies of the wheat stem sawfly
      • Patrick Jackson: Geographic patterns of the invasive pathogen PKD in headwater streams of the Missouri River
      • Andrew Mullen: Assimilating UAV and satellite data for improved albedo products
    • University of Montana
      • Zachary Goodwin: Snowpack ablation and ditch irrigation in the Skalkaho Creek subbasin, Bitterroot Valley, Montana
      • Matthew Cunningham: Deriving surface fuels from conventional UAS imagery for new fire models
    • Salish Kootenai College:
      • Logan Swanson: Encroachment in the wildland/urban interface in the Jocko Valley
    • Montana Tech:
      • Sierra Luoma: The integration of a fluxgate magnetometer with an unmanned aircraft system
  • Spatial Sciences Center research is featured in the Bozeman Daily Chronicle "MSU research group travels to Alaska to examine climate trends."