Stephen Lindsay Egbert

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences - Geography and Atmospheric Science, Kansas Biological Survey
Primary office:
Lindley Hall
Room 409
University of Kansas
1475 Jayhawk Blvd.
Lawrence, KS 66045-7316
Second office:
Higuchi Hall
Room 104C


GIST 582: Geopolitics and Genocide


Ph.D., Geography, University of Kansas

M.A., Geography, University of Nebraska

B.S., Geography, Brigham Young University

B.A., Chinese, University of Minnesota


Despite a reduced teaching load because of my administrative duties as Director of the Kansas Applied Remote Sensing Program, I still regard classroom teaching as one of the most important and rewarding parts of my job. I believe that students at all levels need and appreciate strong organization and structure. My course materials and conduct of the courses reflect those values. Still, I ensure enough flexibility to be able to adapt to student progress and to allow for time to respond to questions rather than adhering to a strict schedule. In more advanced courses and seminars, my goal is to extend and expand KU’s well established reputation in remote sensing and related geospatial sciences. I want to produce first-rate scholars as both educators and professionals. To that end, I regularly bring my own research and that of my colleagues into the classroom – something that is consistently praised in course evaluations.

Teaching Interests

  • Remote sensing
  • Genocide
  • Native lands


The main trajectory of my remote sensing research has been the application of time-series satellite imagery for land cover mapping, analysis, and modeling. Land cover mapping is one of the foundational areas of research in remote sensing because detailed, accurate, and timely land cover information is an essential building block for addressing a wide range of issues, including the impacts of climate variability, water quality and quantity assessment, landscape inventories, crop condition monitoring, ecological niche modeling, invasive species monitoring, and a host of others.

Three additional, and more recent, research interests are: (1) the geopolitical aspects of genocide and other crimes against humanity, (2) the interface between historical records, cadastral maps, and geographic information science to reconstruct historic residence patterns, and (3) the impacts of Native land allotment. My colleagues and I have begun to present and publish in these areas as time and resources permit.

Research Interests

  • Remote sensing
  • Genocide
  • Native lands


My primary service to the University is through my appointment as Director of the Kansas Applied Remote Sensing Program. I also serve as the State Director of KansasView, a program of research, education, and outreach focused on earth resources satellites and the activities of the US Geological Survey.

Selected Publications

Lee, E., Kastens, J., & Egbert, S. L (2016). Investigating collection 4 versus collection 5 MODIS 250m NDVI time-series data for crop separability in Kansas, USA. International Journal of Remote Sensing, 37(2), 341-355. DOI:10.1010/01431161.2015.1125556

Egbert, S. L, Brewer, J. P, & Smith, P. I (2015). "Renaming the Indians": Legibility, Illegibility, and Territorial Cleansing. Abstracts, 11th Native American Symposium, Durant, Oklahoma.

Egbert, S. L, Pickett, N., Reiz, N., Price, W. R, Thelen, A., & Artman, V. (2015). Territorial Cleansing: A Geopolitical Approach to Understanding Mass Violence. Territory, Politics, Governance.

Allen, A. G, Egbert, S. L, Meisel, J., Begaye, G. A, & Smith, P. I (2015). "A Tyranny Sincerely Exercised for the Good of Its Victims": Consequences of Land Allotment on Native Tribes of the Central Great Plains. Abstracts, Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Chicago, Illinois.

Egbert, S., Smith, P., Meisel, J., Begaye, G., & Allen, A. (2015). "Renaming the Indians" and the Assimilationist Land Allotment Program. Abstracts, Annual Meeting, Association of American Geographers, Chicago, Illinois.

Selected Grants

Egbert, Stephen L, (Principal), Peterson, Dana L, (Co-Investigator), Continued Development of a Potential Wetland Areas (PWA) in Kansas using LiDAR and the Topographic Wetland Identification Process (TWIP) , Kansas GIS Policy Board, $29,624, (08/01/2014 - 07/31/2015) . State of Kansas. Status: Funded.

Egbert, Stephen L, (Principal), Dobbs, Kevin E, (Co-Investigator), Integrated Geospatial Decision Support Tool for Flood Disaster Response in Kansas: A NASA - Kansas Partnership, Kansas GIS Policy Board, $14,606, (08/01/2014 - 07/31/2015) . State of Kansas. Status: Funded.

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