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Ned Horning

Director, Applied Biodiversity Informatics


Research Interests

Ned Horning, Director of Applied Biodiversity Informatics, has over 30 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 are focused on developing methods to process imagery acquired using low altitude platforms (poles, kites, balloons, UAVs...) to extract information for mapping and monitoring species and landscapes. Prior to starting his tenure at the American Museum of Natural History's Center for Biodiversity and Conservation in 2002 he worked for nine years at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland and spent nine years working as an independent geospatial consultant.


  • 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.