• 878 Citations
  • 14 h-Index

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I specialize in geographic information systems, remote sensing, land use and land cover, and human-environment interactions. Much of my research has focused in the neotropics, including Costa Rica, Brazil, and Guyana, although I have also studied historical land changes in the Adirondacks of New York State. I have published on applications of GIS and remote sensing to land-use and land-cover changes, selective logging operations, indigenous hunting patterns, and uses of traditional knowledge in vegetation mapping using remote sensing imagery and identification of multiple-use tree species in Guyana. I am currently examining the spatial history of land use around Onondaga Lake, New York through multiple perspectives, and attempting to find new ways to map and visualize those changes. I teach courses in introductory and advanced GIS/GIScience, remote sensing, global environmental change, tropical environments, and spatial storytelling, and advise graduate students within my realm of expertise. I am interested in strategies to improve curriculum and student engagement.


Environmental Science, B.Sc, University of London

… → 1987

Research Interests

  • Geographic information systems and remote sensing
  • human-environment interactions
  • geohumanities
  • indigenous livelihoods
  • Latin America

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Research Output

  • 878 Citations
  • 14 h-Index
  • 17 Article
  • 2 Review article
  • 1 Chapter

Implications of forest type and land tenure diversity for the sustainability of ecosystem services provided by northern Amazonia’s multiple-use tree species

Cummings, A. R., Read, J. M. & Fragoso, J. M. V., Mar 1 2018, In : Landscape Ecology. 33, 3, p. 423-438 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 1 Scopus citations
  • 13 Scopus citations

    Line transect surveys underdetect terrestrial mammals: Implications for the sustainability of subsistence hunting

    Fragoso, J. M. V., Levi, T., Oliveira, L. F. B., Luzar, J. B., Overman, H., Read, J. M. & Silvius, K. M., Apr 2016, In : PloS one. 11, 4, e0152659.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 33 Scopus citations

    Utilizing Amerindian hunters' descriptions to guide the production of a vegetation map

    Cummings, A. R., Read, J. M. & Fragoso, J. M. V., Jan 1 2015, In : International Journal of Applied Geospatial Research. 6, 1, p. 118-142 25 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

  • 5 Scopus citations
  • 6 Scopus citations

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