Ned Horning

Visiting Scientist


Research Interests

Ned Horning, has over 35 years experience using remote sensing, GIS, and related skills including field mapping and the collection of training and validation data to aid and evaluate remote sensing-based mapping projects. His specialties include mapping and monitoring land cover at local through global scales and developing geospatial data processing  and analysis education and outreach materials. Recent interests include developing conservation technologies for monitoring animal movements. Ned worked for the American Museum of Natural History's Center for Biodiversity and Conservation from 2002 – 2020. Before that he worked for nine years as an independent geospatial consultant and spent nine years working at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland.


  • Beck, Pieter S. A., N. Horning, S. J. Goetz, M. Loranty, and K. D. Tape. 2011. The density of shrub cover on the North Slope of Alaska: A circa 2000 baseline map. Arctic, Antarctic, and Alpine Research. 43(3): 355-363
  • Horning, N. 2010. Random Forests: An algorithm for image classification and generation of continuous fields data sets. Proceedings of the International Symposium on GeoInformatics for Spatial-Infrastructure Development in Earth and Allied Sciences.
  • Horning, N., J. Robinson, E.J. Sterling, W. Turner, and S. Spector, eds. 2010. Remote Sensing for Ecology and Conservation: A Handbook for Techniques. Oxford: Oxford University Press.