Curtis Woodcock

Professor of Geography Department Chair, Geography, College of Arts & Sciences

Dr. Curtis Woodcock is a Professor in the Department of Geography and Environment. He earned his PhD in Geography from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1986. His primary area of research is remote sensing, particularly the use of optical imagery for mapping forest resources and monitoring environmental change. He has published over 70 peer reviewed journal articles and authored over 15 book chapters. His recent work has focused on monitoring land use and land cover change and has included projects in a number of locations: Egypt to monitor agricultural expansion, urbanization, and agricultural productivity; China to monitor urban growth; Turkey to monitor expansion of agriculture and its impacts on hydrology; California to monitor forest mortality due to drought. His current research involves efforts to understand how land use change in the countries surrounding the Black Sea (Georgia, Romania, Bulgaria, Ukraine and Turkey) influences the terrestrial carbon budget. He served on the NASA Landsat Science Team from 1996-2001; is a member of the GOFC/GOLD Forest Characteristics and Chance Implementation Team; the NASA Land Cover and Land Use Science Team and the Northern Eurasia Earth Science Information Partnership (NEESPI) Science Team. He has taught helped establish Boston University’s Center for Remote Sensing.