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Paul Nesbit

Assistant Professor

Full-Time Faculty
Kalmanovitz Hall 117


Paul is from southern California and earned his PhD from the University of Calgary after completing an MA in Geography from Cal State University - Long Beach (CSULB). His research is at the intersection of modern digital geospatial technologies and geologic mapping, aimed at the assessment, documentation, and application of complete geospatial workflows to analyze and better understand fundamental environmental, geologic, and geomorphologic challenges. His current focus implements drone-based photogrammetry, remote sensing, deep learning image analysis, and 3D geovisualization for education and science communication using videogame engines and web-based methods.


  • Remote sensing and photogrammetry
  • Geographic information systems (GIS)
  • Geomorphology
  • Geospatial analysis
  • Drones/uninhabited aerial vehicles (UAV)

Research Areas

  • High-resolution (e.g., drone) remote sensing of 3D environments and landscapes
  • Deep Learning and machine learning in geospatial analysis
  • Environmental change detection over geologic and human timescales
  • 3D geovisualization and dissemination
  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS)


  • University of Calgary, PhD in Geography, 2020
  • CSU - Long Beach, MA in Geography, 2014
  • CSU - Long Beach, BS in Geology, 2009
  • CSU - Long Beach, BA in Geography, 2009

Awards & Distinctions

  • University of Calgary, Chancellor's Graduate Medal, 2021
  • Canadian Association of Geographers, The Starkey-Robinson Award for Graduate Research on Canada, 2021

Selected Publications