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Dr. Michael Hernandez


Ph.D. at University of Utah
M.S. at Louisiana Tech University
B.S. at Louisiana Tech University


Contact Information

Phone: 801-626-8186
Office Location: 
Tracy Hall Science Center (TY)
Room 334, Mail Code 2507




Teaching Philosophy & Focus

My teaching focus is on geospatial technologies which are 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.

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

Research Areas of Interest 

My research centers on the application of geospatial technologies to two main areas: (1) geologic hazards and (2) vegetation studies. I'm interested in natural hazards, remote sensing and geographic information systems

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.

Specific Projects 

Uinta Mountains: 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. 

NASA-funded Joint Project: 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.