Research Associate, Director of Spatial Analysis Lab

Jarlath O’Neil-Dunne is the Director of the University of Vermont's Spatial Analysis Laboratory (SAL) 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 disaster response, 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. He works with federal, state, and local agencies to improve the use of drone technology for disaster response and recovery. Jarlath teaches introductory and advanced courses in geospatial technology and employs dozens of students through the SAL’s internship program.


  • Schwartz, A.J., Dodds, P.S., O'Neil-Dunne, J.P., Ricketts, T.H. and Danforth, C.M. 2020. Gauging the happiness benefit of US urban parks through Twitter. arXiv preprint arXiv:2006.10658.
  • O'Neil-Dunne, J.P., MacFaden, S.W., Royar, A.R. and Pelletier, K.C. 2013. An object-based system for LiDAR data fusion and feature extraction. Geocarto International 28(3):227-242.
  • 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, Unoccupied Aircraft Systems (UAS), urban tree canopy assessment, land cover mapping, remote sensing change detection, hydrologic modeling, environmental justice


  • 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


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