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Rafael Moreno, PhD

Associate Professor

E-mail: Rafael Moreno
Office Location: NC 3524
Phone: 303-352-3762
Fax: 303-556-6197
Office hours: M, W 3:15-4:14 p.m. and by appointment
Areas of Expertise:
Land Use Planning, Natural Resources Management, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Modeling, Internet Mapping, and Geography of Mexico and Latin America​​

Education & Degrees

Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Geography, University of Western Ontario, Canada, 1995-1996 

Ph.D., Natural Resources Management, Colorado State University, 1992

M.S., Natural Resources Planning, Colorado State University, 1987

B.S., Forestry, Chapingo Autonomous University, Mexico, 1982


Rafael Moreno-Sanchez has research, teaching and administrative experience including:

  • Researcher for the National Institute for Forest, Livestock, and Agriculture Research (Mexico)
  • Director of the National Center for Disciplinary Research in Conservation and Improvement of Forest Ecosystems (Mexico)
  • Post Doctoral Fellow with the Organization of American StatesSEMARNAP in collaboration with the University of Western Ontario (Canada)

He has 14 years of experience as a full time professor teaching and conducting research in the areas of natural resources management, land use planning, sustainable development, and geographic information science and technology including the use of Open Source Software and Web-based Geographic Information Systems.

Select Publications

Moreno-Sanchez, R., J.M. Torres-Rojo, F. Moreno-Sanchez, S. Hawkins, J. Little, S. MacPartland. (In Print).  National assessment of the fragmentation, accessibility and anthropogenic pressure on the forests in Mexico.  Journal of Forestry Research 

Moreno-Sanchez, R. 2012.  Guest Editorial. Free and Open Source Software for Geospatial Applications (FOSS4G): A mature alternative in the geotechnologies arena. Transactions in GIS 16(2): 81-88. 

Moreno-Sanchez, R. 2012. Editorial. The growing interest in Free and Open Source Software  for Geospatial applications (FOSS4G) requires specialized publication venues. OSGeo Journal 10: 3-4

Moreno-Sanchez, R., F. Moreno-Sanchez, J.M. Torres-Rojo. 2011. National assessment of the evolution of forest fragmentation in Mexico.  Journal of Forestry Research 22(2): 167-174.

Moreno-Sanchez, R. and Torres-Rojo, J.M. 2010. "Decision Support Systems for forest management in Mexico: Their characteristics and context for their creation and evolution." In: Decision Support Systems in Agriculture, Food and the Environment: Trends, Applications and Advances. IGI Global, Hershey, PA.

Moreno-Sanchez, R. 2009. "The Geospatial Semantic Web: What are its implications for geospatial information users?" Chapter in: Handbook of Research on Social Dimensions of Semantic Technologies and Web Services. IGI Global, Hershey, PA.

Moreno-Sanchez, R., G. Anderson, J. Cruz and M. Hayden. 2007. "The potential for the use of Open Source Software and Open Specifications in creating web-based cross border health spatial information systems." International Journal of Geographical Information Science 21(10): 1135-1163.

Moreno-S., R., M. Hayden, C. Janes and G. Anderson. 2006. "A web-based multimedia spatial information system to document Aedes aegypti breeding sites and dengue fever risk along the US-Mexico border." Health & Place 12: 715-727.

Sayadyan H. and R. Moreno-S. 2006. "Forest policies, management and conservation in Soviet (1920-1991) and post-Soviet (1991-2005) Armenia." Environmental Conservation 33(1):1-13.

Moreno-S., R. and H. Sayadyan. 2005. "Evolution of the forest cover in Armenia." International Forestry Review 7(2): 113-127

Anderson , G. and Moreno-S., R. 2003. "Building web-based spatial information solutions around Open Specifications and Open Source Software." Transactions in GIS 7(4): 447-466

García-N., H.; R., García-D; R., Moreno-S; López-B; R. and L., Villers-R. 2001. "Comparing a fuzzy sets approach and conventional Boolean methodology for the classification of land suitability for agriculture." Agricultura Técnica en México 27(2):107-118.

Courses Taught

Introduction to Environmental Science
Environmental Modeling with GIS
Deploying GIS Functionality on the Web
Introduction to GIS
Sustainability in Natural Resource Management
SUST II: Toward our sustainble future