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Rafael Moreno , Ph.D.

Associate Professor



Office Location:
3524 North Classroom

Office Hours:
Mon/Wed 3:30-4:30 PM and by appointment.

Phone: 303-315-7556

Fax: 303.556.6197

Curriculum Vitae »

Department of Geography & Environmental Sciences »

Expertise Areas:
Geographic Information Science and Technology; Open Source Software for Geospatial Applications (FOSS4G); Natural Resources Management; Sustainable Development; Forestry and land use planning in Latin America.

My Addresses:

Mailing Address:
Dept. of Geography & Environmental Sciences
Campus Box 172
P.O. Box 173364
Denver, CO 80217-3364

Physical Location:
Auraria Campus
North Classroom Building
Room 3014

B.S. Forestry. Universidad Autonoma Chapingo, Mexico.

M.S. Natural Resources Management. Colorado State University.

Ph.D. Natural Resources Management. Colorado State University.

Dr. Rafael Moreno received his B.S. in Forestry from the Universidad Autónoma Chapingo, Mexico in 1982 and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Natural Resources Management from Colorado State University in 1987 and1992 respectively. He worked as a researcher for the National Institute for Forestry, Agriculture and Livestock Research (Mexico) and served as the Director of the National Center for Forest Ecosystems Conservation and Management (Mexico). He was Post Doctoral Fellow with the Organization of American States—SEMARNAP in collaboration with the University of Western Ontario (Canada) for a year in 1995. In 1996 he returned to Colorado as an Assistant Professor at Metropolitan State University of Denver. Subsequently, he was the Director of the Master of Science in GIScience program at the University of Denver for two years, and is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Geography and Environmental Sciences at UCD. Since 1996, he has taught courses  in GISscience and technology, environmental science, land use planning and sustainability in natural resources management. His current research concentrates on the analysis of fragmentation and anthropogenic pressure on the forest areas, Decision Support Systems for forest management, and the use of Geospatial Open Source Software for creating local and Web-based spatial information systems.

Underlined names are students:

Torres-Rojo, J. M., R. Moreno-Sánchez, and M.A. Mendoza-Briseño. 2016. Sustainable Forest Management in Mexico. Current Forestry Reports, 2(2): 93-105.

Clay, E., R. Moreno-Sanchez, J.M. Torres-Rojo and F. Moreno-Sanchez. 2016. National assessment of the fragmentation levels and fragmentation-class transitions of the forests in Mexico for 2002, 2008 and 2013. Forests, 7(3): 48.

Roth, D. , R. Moreno-Sanchez, J.M. Torres-Rojo and F. Moreno-Sanchez. 2016. Estimation of human induced disturbance of the environment associated with 2002, 2008 and 2013 land use/cover patterns in Mexico. Applied Geography 66: 22-34.

Brovelli, M., M. Minghini, R. Moreno-Sanchez, and R. Oliveira. 2016. Free and Open Source Software for Geospatial Applications (FOSS4G) to support Future Earth. International Journal of Digital Earth 1-19.

Moreno-Sanchez, R., T. Buxton-Torres, K. Silbernagel, F. Moreno-Sanchez. 2014. Fragmentation of the forests in Mexico: National level assessments for 1993, 2002 and 2008. International Journal of Statistics and Geography. 5(2): 4-17.

Moreno-Sanchez, R., J.M. Torres-Rojo, F. Moreno-Sanchez, S. Hawkins, J. Little, S. MacPartland. 2012.  National assessment of the fragmentation, accessibility and anthropogenic pressure on the forests in Mexico.  Journal of Forestry Research  23(4): 529-541.

Moreno-Sanchez, R.  and J.M. Torres-Rojo. 2010. Decision Support Systems for forest management in Mexico: Their characteristics and context for their creation and evolution. In: Manos, B., K. Paparrizos, N. Matsatsinis and J. Papathanasiou (Eds.): Decision Support Systems in Agriculture, Food and the Environment: Trends, Applications and Advances. pp. 74-100. IGI Global, Hershey, PA. 

Moreno-Sanchez, R. 2009. The Geospatial Semantic Web: What are itsimplications for geospatial information users? In: Cunha, M., E. Oliveira, A. Tavares and L. Ferreira (Eds.): Handbook of Research on Social Dimensions of Semantic Technologies and Web Services. pp. 588-609. IGI Global, Hershey, PA.

Moreno-Sanchez, R., G. Anderson, J. Cruz and M. Hayden. 2007. The potential for the use of Open Source Software and Open Specifications in creating web-based cross-border health spatial information systems. International Journal of Geographical Information Science 21(10): 1135-1163.

Introduction to Enviornmental Science

Introduction to Geographic Information Systems

Environmental Modeling with GIS

Deploying GIS functionality on the Web

Sustainability in Resources Management

Natural Resources Adaptive Management and Sustainable Development in Costa Rica (field course).

Environmental Management

Research Design

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