Dr. Michael W. Hernandez

Teaching Focus:

My teaching focus is on geospatial technologies which is enjoyable and challenging. 

I teach both the GIS and remote sensing/image processing courses. 

I also incorporate the use of GPS in the courses. 

The courses emphasize the application of geospatial concepts to challenges students might encounter in the workplace.

I also teach the department’s main physical science general education course, Earthquakes and Volcanoes both online and in the traditional classroom setting. 

I really enjoy interacting with the students and helping them understand how these geologic processes are important to our community and the region.

Research Areas & Interests:  

Natural Hazards, Remote Sensing and Geographic Information Systems

My research centers on the application of geospatial technologies to two main areas: (1) geologic hazards and (2) vegetation studies. 

I recently had a paper accepted for publication in the International Journal of Applied Geospatial Research (IJAGR) entitled “A Multiple Natural Hazards Assessment Model Based on Geomorphic Terrain Units” that will be published in the next year.

I have two current research projects. 

I am working with colleagues and students at Weber State (geosciences and botany) and the U.S. Forest Service on developing a high-elevation wetlands vegetation classification scheme in the Uinta Mountains. 

I have also started a NASA-funded joint project with the U.S. Forest Service to process GLAS data in support of developing a global biomass estimation.

Classes Taught:

GEO 1030 Earthquakes & Volcanoes

GEO 3400 Remote Sensing

GEO 4210 Intro to Computer Mapping & GIS

GEO 4220 Technical & Application Issues GIS

GEO 4400 Remote Sensing II


Ph.D.: University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah

Academic Rank:  Associate Professor of Geosciences

Administrative Assignment:  Academic Advisor for the Geomatics (Applied Mapping Sciences) Insitutional Certificate and the Geospatial Analysis Minor.  ESRI Site License Administrator for WSU.  Coordinator of the WSU GIS User Group.

Office: SL 204MC

Office Hours:
M-W-F  10:30-11:30
and by appointment

Department of Geosciences
1415 Edvalson St., Dept. 2507
Weber State University
Ogden, UT 84408-2507

Phone: 801-626-8186

Fax: 801-626-7445

E-mail: mhernandez@weber.edu