College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Stephen Lindsay Egbert

Research Centers - Geography and Atmospheric Science, Kansas Biological Survey
Primary office:
Lindley Hall
Room 409
University of Kansas
1475 Jayhawk Blvd.
Lawrence, KS 66045-7316
Second office:
Higuchi Hall
Room 104C


Dr Egbert's interests include: Use of time-series satellite imagery to characterize and monitor land use and land cover, Evaluation of geospatial technologies for mapping and maintaining minefield databases, and Geographic aspects of genocide, ethnic cleansing, and related crimes against humanity.


Teaching Interests

  • Remote sensing
  • Genocide
  • Native lands


The main trajectory of my remote sensing research has been the application of time-series satellite imagery for land cover mapping, analysis, and modeling. Land cover mapping is one of the foundational areas of research in remote sensing because detailed, accurate, and timely land cover information is an essential building block for addressing a wide range of issues, including the impacts of climate variability, water quality and quantity assessment, landscape inventories, crop condition monitoring, ecological niche modeling, invasive species monitoring, and a host of others.

Three additional, and more recent, research interests are: (1) the geopolitical aspects of genocide and other crimes against humanity, (2) the interface between historical records, cadastral maps, and geographic information science to reconstruct historic residence patterns, and (3) the impacts of Native land allotment.

Research Interests

  • Remote sensing
  • Genocide
  • Native lands


My primary service to the University is through my appointment as Director of the Kansas Applied Remote Sensing Program. I also serve as the State Director of KansasView, a program of research, education, and outreach focused on earth resources satellites and the activities of the US Geological Survey.

Selected Publications

Lee, E. Kastens, J. & Egbert, S. L. (2016). Investigating collection 4 versus collection 5 MODIS 250m NDVI time-series data for crop separability in Kansas, USA. International Journal of Remote Sensing, 37(2), 341-355. DOI:10.1010/01431161.2015.1125556

Egbert, S. L., Brewer, J. P., & Smith, P. I. (2015). "Renaming the Indians": Legibility, Illegibility, and Territorial Cleansing. Abstracts, 11th Native American Symposium, Durant, Oklahoma.

Egbert, S. L., Pickett, N. Reiz, N. Price, W. R., Thelen, A. & Artman, V. (2015). Territorial Cleansing: A Geopolitical Approach to Understanding Mass Violence. Territory, Politics, Governance, 4(3), 297-318.

Allen, A. G., Egbert, S. L., Meisel, J. Begaye, G. A., & Smith, P. I. (2015). "A Tyranny Sincerely Exercised for the Good of Its Victims": Consequences of Land Allotment on Native Tribes of the Central Great Plains. Abstracts, Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Chicago, Illinois.

Egbert, S. Smith, P. Meisel, J. Begaye, G. & Allen, A. (2015). "Renaming the Indians" and the Assimilationist Land Allotment Program. Abstracts, Annual Meeting, Association of American Geographers, Chicago, Illinois.

Selected Grants

Egbert, Stephen L, (Principal), Peterson, Dana L, (Co-Investigator), Continued Development of a Potential Wetland Areas (PWA) in Kansas using LiDAR and the Topographic Wetland Identification Process (TWIP) , Kansas GIS Policy Board, $29,624, (08/01/2014 - 07/31/2015) . State of Kansas. Status: Funded.

Egbert, Stephen L, (Principal), Dobbs, Kevin E, (Co-Investigator), Integrated Geospatial Decision Support Tool for Flood Disaster Response in Kansas: A NASA - Kansas Partnership, Kansas GIS Policy Board, $14,606, (08/01/2014 - 07/31/2015) . State of Kansas. Status: Funded.


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