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Department of Geography & Environmental Studies


Cerian Gibbes, PhD

Cerian Gibbes, PhD

Cerian Gibbes, PhD

Associate Professor / Graduate Director
Columbine Hall, rm. 2017

Areas of Interest

  • Social and ecological impacts of land use land cover change
  • Human-environment dynamics at the interface of agriculture and conservation
  • Remote sensing
  • Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean


  • PhD, Geography, University of Florida, 2011
  • MS, Geography, University of Florida, 2006
  • BS, Geography, University of Florida, 2004

Courses Taught

  • Environmental Remote Sensing (GES4060)
  • Statistical Analysis in Geography (GES 4000)
  • Image Analysis (GES4090)
  • Urban Ecology (GES 4700)
  • Geography of Africa (GES 3070)
  • Geographic Research (GES 5010)
  • Digital Earth (GES2050)
  • Field courses in Colorado, Guatemala, Mexico, Uganda, Rwanda

Selected Publications

  • Gibbes,C., Hopkins, A., Inurreta, A., and JImenez-Osornio, J. (2018). Defining and measuring sustainability: A systematic review of studies in rural Latin America and the Caribbean. Environment, Development and Sustainability. 10.1007/s10668-018-0209-9.
  • Klenk, N., Fiume, A., Meehan, K., & Gibbes, C. (2017). Local knowledge in climate adaptation research: Moving knowledge frameworks from extraction to co‐production. Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Climate Change, 8(5), e475.
  • Gibbes, C., Southworth, J., Waylen, P., Child, B. (2014). Climate variability as a dominant driver of post-disturbance savanna dynamics. Applied Geography, 53, 389-401.
  • Hopkins, A., Gibbes, C., Inurreta, A., Rojas, R. (2012). Linking Remote Sensing, Census and Interview Data to Understand Forest Transitions in the Southern Cone of the State of Yucatan, Mexico. Ethnobotany Research and Application, 10, 1-13.
  • Gaughan, A., Stevens, F.R., Gibbes, C., Southworth, J., and Binford, M. (2012). Linking vegetation response to seasonal precipitation in the Okavango-Kwando-Zambezi catchment of southern Africa. International Journal of Remote Sensing, 33, 6783-6804.
  • Gibbes, C., Southworth J., Keys E. (2009). Wetland conservation: change and fragmentation in Trinidad's protected areas. Geoforum, 40, 91-104.

Honors and Awards

  • President's Teaching Scholar (2022)
  • CU- Next, University of Colorado System Grant (2022)
  • Fulbright Fellowship, Taiwan (2020) 
  • National Geographic Explorer (2020-2021) 
  • UCCS Faculty Award for Excellence in Research (2017) 
  • NEXUS Fulbright Fellowship, Latin America (2014-2016) 
  • Coupled Human and Natural Systems (CHANS) Fellow (2012) 
  • NASA Land Cover/Land Use Change Research Assistantship (2009-2011) 
  • Social Science Research Council DPDF (2008)

Volunteer and Service

  • Co-Chair, Committee for Racial & Ethnic Equity, CU System
  • Student Award Committee, American Association of Geographers
  • Topic Advisory Panel, Land