University of Vermont


Sean MacFaden

Sean MacFaden

Research Analyst/Spatial Analysis Lab

Phone: 802-859-3007
Office: 205E Aiken Center

Areas of Interest

Geographic Information Systems (GIS), remote sensing, wildlife habitat analysis, reserve design, land conservation, historical GIS

Sean MacFaden is a research analyst in the Rubenstein School's Spatial Analysis Laboratory, where he focuses on the application of geospatial technologies to natural resources and conservation-related projects. He has used Geographic Information System (GIS) and remote sensing applications in wildlife habitat mapping, biodiversity assessment, ecological reserve design, conservation lands, forest characterization, and watershed-scale analyses of pollutant loading. Most recently, he has used object-based image analysis (OBIA) techniques in conjunction with high-resolution imagery and LiDAR to map natural resources in a variety of urban and suburban settings, including multiple tree canopy assessments (UTC) for cities and counties in the United States.


M.S., Wildlife and Fisheries Biology, University of Vermont, 1998
B.A., Biology and Environmental Studies, Williams College, 1988

Additional Links

UVM Spatial Analysis Lab