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Adam James Oliphant


Adam Oliphant is a geographer with the USGS based in Flagstaff Arizona. 

He is part of the Western Geographic Science Center and specializes in using remote sensing to map vegetation over countries and continents.  Adam recently finished mapping cropland extent across all of Southeast and Northeast Asia using Landsat 7&8 as part of the Global Food Security-support Analysis Data at 30m (GFSAD30) project.

Current research focused on mapping crop type and cropland fallows in the United States and integrating NASA/USGS satellite sensors with satellite systems from ESA including Sentinel 1&2. Adam has an interest in Citizen Science and community participation in the collection, analysis, and dissemination of scientific data and projects.

Adam has an interest in surface water quality and quantity monitoring and using consumer grade electronics to collect scientifically useful information.


Professional Experience

  • 2015 - present - Geographer with USGS Western Geographic Science Center 

  • 2013 -2015 - Graduate researcher in Forestry and Remote Sensing at Virgina Tech University.

  • 2011 - 2013 - Undergraduate researcher in sustainable polymer science at Texas State University

  • 2012 - Student Environmental Laboratory Intern at Round Rock, Texas Water Plant 

  • 2011 - Student Volatile Air Organic Laboratory Intern at Texas Commision for Environmental Quality

Education and Certifications

  • M.S. in Forestry with an emphasis in Remote Sensing from Virginia Tech, where he researched the spatial distribution of autumn olive (Elaeagnus umbellate) on reclaimed surface coal mines in Appalachia

  • B.S. in Chemistry with a minor in Geography from Texas State University. Undergraduate research experience in sustainable polymer science and surface water quality. 

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