- University of Southern Mississippi, PhD, Geography, 2012
- State University of New York at Buffalo, MA, Geography, 2003
- Canterbury Christ Church University, BS, Geography, 1996
Areas of Expertise
- Drone Mapping
- Mangrove Forests
Stu Hamilton is an Associate Professor of Geography at Salisbury University as well as being the GIS Graduate Program Director. His research interests are global environmental change and human-environment interaction. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Geographers as well as a certified GISP. He holds a BS in Geography from Canterbury Christ Church University in the UK, a MA in Geography (GIS) from the SUNY at Buffalo, and a PhD in Geography from the University of Southern Mississippi.
The study of land use change is inherently geographic. The basis for almost all LUCC(Land Use Cover Change) analysis is EOS (Earth Observing Systems) and is investigated by geographers with RS and GIS expertise. The EOS shed light on the magnitude and location of change but a wider geographic approach is required to discover the driving and mitigating factors of LUCC I believe that the importance of combining EOS with other disciplines and databases is paramount if society is to address the grand environmental challenges of our time. EOS have provided geographers with the understanding of environmental land use changes, yet for our society to meet the current environmental challenges we must build upon this knowledge to improve our understanding of vulnerabilities and risks associated with environmental change and develop scientific mitigation strategies which result in equitable socio-economic development. These are the principles that drive my research into tropical land use change in the developing world. Only by documenting land use change, investigating the inputs driving land use change, and analyzing the results of the change, can some of the major environmental questions of our time be answered.
The goal for me is not only to answer the student question of today but also to empower the student to answer a more complex question that will arise tomorrow. For example, you cannot teach how to convert data from every reference system to every other reference system and it is not always possible, but what students can learn is the key questions to ask at each step and how and where to find the answers to the problem. I teach what I research and I research what I teach. Nothing appears to motivate students more than conducting research projects in class guided by the professor that generate real results that lead to reports, grants, or even publications.
Hochard, Jacob, Hamilton, Stuart E. and Barbier, Edward (2019) Mangroves shelter coastal economic activity from cyclones. vol. 116. no. 25. pp. 12232-12237. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
Friess, Daniel A., Rogers, Kerrylee, Lovelock, Catherine E., Krauss, Ken W., Hamilton, Stuart E., Lee, Shing Yip, Lucas, Richard, Primavera, Jurgenne, Rajkaran, Anusha and Shi, Suhua (2019) The State of the World's Mangrove Forests: Past, Present, and Future. Annual Review of Environment and Resources. vol. 44. pp. 89-115. Annual Review of Environment and Resources.
Hamilton, Stuart E. (2020) Mangroves and Aquaculture: A Five Decade Remote Sensing Analysis of Ecuador’s Estuarine Environments. Mangroves and Aquaculture. vol. 1. pp. 197. Springer International Publishing.
Hamilton, Stuart E. and Casey, Daniel (2016) Creation of a high spatiotemporal resolution global database of continuous mangrove forest cover for the 21st Century (CGMFC-21). vol. 25. no. 6. pp. 725-736. Global Ecology and Biogeography.
Hamilton, Stuart E. and Friess, Daniel A. (2018) Global carbon stocks and potential emissions due to mangrove deforestation from 2000 to 2012. vol. 8. no. 3. pp. 240-244. Nature Climate Change.
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- Awards/HonorsFellow of the Royal Geographical SocietyPresented by Royal Geographical Society
Prometeo FellowPresented by SENESCYT
Outstanding Doctoral Graduate Student AwardPresented by The University of Southern Mississippi
- Professional MembershipsAssociation of American Geographershe Association of American Geographers (AAG) is a nonprofit scientific and educational society founded in 1904. For more than 100 years the AAG has contributed to the advancement of geography. Its members from more than 60 countries share interests in the theory, methods, and practice of geography, which they cultivate through the AAG's Annual Meeting, scholarly journals (Annals of the Association of American Geographers, The Professional Geographer, the AAG Review of Books and GeoHumanities), and the online AAG Newsletter.
The AAG promotes discussion among its members and with scholars in related fields, in part through the activities of its affinity groups and more than 60 specialty groups. The meetings and activities of our regional divisions provide the opportunity to network with colleagues near you.
Who are AAG members?
AAG members are geographers and related professionals who work in the public, private, and academic sectors. They work in a wide range of careers, as community college instructors, federal, state and local government employees, planners, cartographers, scientists, non-profit workers, entrepreneurs, businesspeople, elementary and secondary educators, graduate students, retirees, university administrators, and so on from all over the world.
More than 300 volunteer leaders serve on our AAG Council and our many other committees and groups. You can join the AAG as an individual member or as a corporate organization.
Global Land ProjectThe Global Land Project is a joint research project for land systems for the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme (IGBP) and the International Human Dimensions Programme (IHDP). The Global Land Project Science Plan represents the research framework for the coming decade for land systems. This development of a research strategy is designed to better integrate the understanding of the coupled human-environment system. These integrated science perspectives reflect the recognition of the fundamental nature of how human activities on land are affecting feedbacks to the Earth System and the response of the Human-Environment System to Global Change. The Global Land Project Science Plan has been defined by scientists sponsored by the IGBP and the IHDP.
This has no formal membership, I partake freely.
Royal Society of GeographersThe Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers) is the UK's learned society and professional body for geography, founded in 1830. We are a world leader in advancing geography and supporting its practitioners in the UK and across the world.
- Licensures and CertificationsGISP (GIS Professional), GISCI (GIS Certificate Institute)It is the policy of the GIS Certification Institute (GISCI) that the fields of practice for geographic information systems (GIS) is a legitimate profession separate from other fields of practice that may define geospatial professions. Certified Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Professionals (GISPs) must show proficiency in three areas; 1.) Educational Achievement, 2.) Professional Experience, and 3.) Contributions to the Profession. Achievement must be claimed and self-documented by the applicant in each of these areas.
Licensed Drone Pilot, FAAPart 107 licensed remote pilot license.
- Grants and Sponsored ResearchCNH-L: The Potential for Aquaculture in Lake Victoria and Implications for Wild Fisheries and Fish Commodity Markets, National Science Foundation
Expanding the Reach of Impact Evaluation, USAID Global Development Lab
21st Century Mangrove Loss in Indonesia, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation
- PresentationsThe Potential for Aquaculture in Lake Victoria and Implications for Wild Fisheries and Fish Commodity MarketsSeptember, 1 2017Royal Society of Geographers Annual International Conference, London, UKhttp://conference.rgs.org/AC2017/1bee830f-3188-4d21-b171-371ef7a045b5 Aquaculture (farmed fish) surpassed wild capture fisheries as the major source of fish production to the world in 2014. On one hand, aquaculture promises to fill the gap left by declining wild fisheries and to provide the world with a reliable, affordable form of fish. On the other hand, aquaculture can have negative consequences such as pollution, inequitable distribution of benefits, and ecological impacts on the wild fish harvested to produce fish feed. These tradeoffs are becoming increasingly evident around Lake Victoria. In the face of stagnating wild fisheries in Lake Victoria and a surging human population around its shores, aquaculture may improve food and livelihood security in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania. An international team of researchers (NSF 1518532) are investigating the potential for Lake Victoria-based aquaculture and the implications for wild fisheries, global and local supplies of fish, and regional economic development. Researchers are currently investigating how global demand for fish affects local markets and the fishers who supply them, how the distribution of benefits from aquaculture can be made more equitable, and how building aquaculture facilities in and near lakes affects the ecology and economics of wild fisheries. This work fills a critical gap in knowledge about the links between aquaculture and wild fish, and it will increase understanding of how emerging markets in developing countries can be structured to promote sustainability and equitability.
The Development of Key Environmental Datasets for Fisheries Institutions on Lake VictoriaApril 2018Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting, Tampa, FLhttps://aag.secure-abstracts.com/AAG%20Annual%20Meeting%202018/abstracts-gallery/14335 Aquaculture surpassed wild capture fisheries as the primary source of global seafood in 2014. On the one hand, aquaculture promises to fill the gap left by declining wild fisheries and to provide the world with a reliable and affordable protein. On the other hand, aquaculture can have negative consequences such as pollution, inequitable distribution of economic benefits, and ecological impacts. These tradeoffs are becoming increasingly evident around Lake Victoria. In the face of stagnating wild fisheries in Lake Victoria and a surging human population around its shores, aquaculture has been proposed a means to improve food security and enhance local livelihoods in the Lake Victoria Basin. An international team of researchers (NSF 1518532) are investigating the potential for Lake Victoria based aquaculture and the implications for wild fisheries, global and local supplies of fish, and regional economic development. Researchers are currently developing core environmental datasets such as a high-resolution bathymetric map, shoreline, and strata to support this endeavor. These datasets will help power the research into the links between aquaculture and wild fish in Lake Victoria, which in turn will increase understanding of how aquaculture in emerging markets can be structured to promote both environmental sustainability and economic equitability.
When Space Beats Time: decomposing and interpreting temporal and spatial components after hurricane eventsMay 201513th International Conference of GeoComputation, Dallas, TXIn this paper, we seek focus on a few cases and examine the conditions by which spatial models become better predictors than temporal models in terms of model accuracy/performance
- Artistic Highlights
- Service Activities and Community Relations
To help empower research in the developing world, I serve as an editor for open access journals that publish geographic research. From 2015 to 2017, I served as a section editor for SpringerOpen, and since 2017 I have served as a section editor for 4-Open (https://www.4open-sciences.org/about-the-journal/editorial-board).
I try to give one to two days per month to outside community service activities. During my the last few years I have conducted forest loss assessment for Health in Harmony who is a non-profit that provides medical care in Kalimantan, Indonesia in return for forest credits. Additional non-profit service includes helping install a rural well in Manabí province in Ecuador and teaching GIS to fisheries professionals around Lake Victoria in Africa.
- External Collaboration Highlights
I visit and work closely with three fisheries centers on Lake Victoria in East Africa. They are TAFIRI in Mwanza Tanzania, NaFIRRI in Jinja Uganda, and KMFRI in Kisumu Kenya. I have taken students twice to work in this region and will visit again this year. I have a GIS laboratory here that I teach in with researchers from all over the world https://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward?AWD_ID=1518532.
- Press Releases
Ecuador Awards $83K Fellowship to SU Professor
Wednesday, November 12, 2014