Geographic Information Systems

Theresa Watson — Instructor, Geography / GIST

Theresa Watson
Department School of Math, Science, and Engineering
Office 1638
Hours MW 3-4pm, T 5-6pm
Phone 505-566-3275

Degrees Received

  • B.S., University of New Mexico, 1996, Anthropology/Archaeology
  • M.S., University of New Mexico, 2002, Geography


Theresa Watson has extensive experience in Geography and Remote Sensing having worked at the Earth Data Analysis Center (EDAC), and the Center for Rapid Environmental Assessment & Terrain Evaluation (CREATE) at the University of New Mexico, in addition to working as a research scientist at a private environmental analysis consulting firm, HydroBio, Inc. She has also worked on GIS projects for the Bureau of Business and Economic Research (BBER) at UNM. Remote sensing research includes a comparative assessment of LiDAR and Digital Photogrammetry for the detection of airfield obstructions, work on a NSF-funded project to model climate change effects on the Upper Rio Grande, and experiments using ground–based Photogrammetry and GIS for archaeological analysis and preservation.

Theresa was the Ground Station Manager for CREATE at UNM, a direct broadcast remote sensing satellite receiving station funded through NASA. She managed the satellite receiving and processing equipment as well as the laboratory used for remote sensing data and analysis. She was involved in environmental research for vegetation monitoring and change analysis, grassland monitoring, and data fusion using near real-time MODIS imagery.

Her teaching experience includes instruction in Geography at the University of New Mexico, Central New Mexico Community College, and GIS Training for special projects.

She is a member of the AAG – Association of American Geographers, GTU - Gamma Theta Upsilon, AGU - American Geophysical Union, and is has served as President of the Rio Grande Chapter of the ASPRS - American Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing.

Courses Taught

  • GEOG-299 Special Topics

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