Research Associate, Director of Spatial Analysis Lab

Jarlath O’Neil-Dunne is the Director of the University of Vermont's (UVM) Spatial Analysis Laboratory in the Rubenstein School. Over the years his research has focused on the application of geospatial technology to a broad range of natural resource related issues such as environmental justice, wildlife habitat mapping, high-elevation forest decline, land cover change detection, community health, and water quality modeling. The results of his urban tree canopy assessments have been used by dozens of communities to establish tree canopy goals. Jarlath is the recipient of the Vermont Spatial Data Partnership's 2008 Outstanding Achievement Award, a member of the team recognized with the New York State GIS Partnership Award in 2008, and the U.S. Forest Service Northern Research Station's 2010 award for Excellence in Science and Technology.


O’Neil-Dunne, Jarlath P.M., Sean W. MacFaden, Anna R. Royar, and Keith C. Pelletier. 2012. An Object-based System for LiDAR Data Fusion and Feature Extraction. Geocarto International (May 29): 1–16. doi:10.1080/10106049.2012.689015.

Troy, A., J. Morgan Grove, and J. O’Neil-Dunne. 2012. The Relationship Between Tree Canopy and Crime Rates Across an Urban–rural Gradient in the Greater Baltimore Region. Landscape and Urban Planning 106 (3): 262–270.

Jarlath O'Neil-Dunne

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

Instructional programs: Forestry, Natural Resources
Research: Geospatial technology, urban tree canopy assessment, wildlife habitat mapping, land cover change detection, community health, water quality modeling


  • University of New Hampshire, Bachelor's degree
  • University of Vermont, Master's degree
  • Certificates in hyperspectral image exploitation and joint GIS operations, National Geospatial Intelligence College


  • 802 656-3324
Office Location:

205E Aiken Center