Stephen Lindsay Egbert

Stephen Egbert
  • Professor Emeritus
  • Geography and Atmospheric Science,

Contact Info

Lindley Hall 409
1475 Jayhawk Boulevard
Lawrence, KS 66045
Higuchi Hall 104C
2101 Constant Ave.
Lawrence, KS 66047


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.


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


Despite a reduced teaching load because of my administrative duties as Director of the Kansas Applied Remote Sensing Program, I still regard classroom teaching as one of the most important and rewarding parts of my job. I believe that students at all levels need and appreciate strong organization and structure. My course materials and conduct of the courses reflect those values. Still, I ensure enough flexibility to be able to adapt to student progress and to allow for time to respond to questions rather than adhering to a strict schedule. In more advanced courses and seminars, my goal is to extend and expand KU's well established reputation in remote sensing and related geospatial sciences. I want to produce first-rate scholars as both educators and professionals. To that end, I regularly bring my own research and that of my colleagues into the classroom – something that is consistently praised in course evaluations.

Teaching interests:

  • Remote sensing
  • Genocide
  • Native lands

Selected Publications

Lee, Eunmok, Jude Kastens, and Stephen L Egbert. 2016. “Investigating Collection 4 versus Collection 5 MODIS 250m NDVI Time-Series Data for Crop Separability in Kansas, USA.” Journal Articles. International Journal of Remote Sensing 37 (2): 341–55.

Egbert, Stephen L, Joseph P Brewer II, and Paula I Smith. 2015. “‘Renaming the Indians’: Legibility, Illegibility, and Territorial Cleansing.” Abstracts. Abstracts, 11th Native American Symposium, Durant, Oklahoma, October.

Egbert, Stephen L, Nathaniel Pickett, Nicole Reiz, William R Price, Austen Thelen, and Vincent Artman. 2015. “Territorial Cleansing: A Geopolitical Approach to Understanding Mass Violence.” Journal Articles. Territory, Politics, Governance 4 (3): 297–318.

Allen, Andrew G, Stephen L Egbert, Joshua Meisel, Gabriel A Begaye, and Paula I Smith. 2015. “‘A Tyranny Sincerely Exercised for the Good of Its Victims’: Consequences of Land Allotment on Native Tribes of the Central Great Plains.” Abstracts. Abstracts, Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Chicago, Illinois., April.

Egbert, Stephen, Paula Smith, Joshua Meisel, Gabriel Begaye, and Andrew Allen. 2015. “‘Renaming the Indians’ and the Assimilationist Land Allotment Program.” Abstracts. Abstracts, Annual Meeting, Association of American Geographers, Chicago, Illinois, April.

Grants & Other Funded Activity

Continued Development of a Potential Wetland Areas (PWA) in Kansas using LiDAR and the Topographic Wetland Identification Process (TWIP). Kansas GIS Policy Board. $29624.00. (8/1/2014 - 7/31/2015). State of Kansas. Status: Funded

Integrated Geospatial Decision Support Tool for Flood Disaster Response in Kansas: A NASA - Kansas Partnership. Kansas GIS Policy Board. $14606.00. (8/1/2014 - 7/31/2015). State of Kansas. Status: Funded


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.