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Dr. Jane Southworth – Department Chair

Dr. Jane Southworth

Department Chair and Professor

Affiliate Member, Florida Climate Institute

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Curriculum Vita

Focus Areas

Research Statement

My research interests are based on the study of human-environment interactions within the field of Land Change Science and Geospatial Science. All of my research is undertaken with highly interdisciplinary research teams which involve both social and physical scientists. It is this interdisciplinary focus on research problems that interests me and for which I was trained. Within such interdisciplinary teams my particular strengths lie in the remote sensing of vegetation dynamics; land use, land cover change and land change modeling; the implications of scale and scaling in remote sensing and modeling analyses; people and parks; and modeling of the impacts of climate change on human-environment systems and vegetation dynamics.

Recent Courses

  • Study Abroad Program: UF in South Africa – People, Parks, and Conservation in Africa
  • GEO3930 Geographical Sciences & Sustainability (NEW Spring 2018)
  • GEO6938 Climate Variability & Climate Change in Africa
  • GEO2200 Physical Geography
  • GIS5038C Environmental Remote Sensing
  • GIS4037 Digital Image Processing
  • GEO6375 Land Change Science Seminar
  • GEO6921 How to Survive (and Thrive) in Academia
  • GEO6938 Advanced Environmental Remote Sensing
  • GEO2242 Extreme Weather
  • GEO3930 The Digital Earth (NEW Fall 2018)

Recent Funded Projects

  • 2016-2020

NSF CNH Program: Recent land transactions in Ethiopia: Impacts on agriculture, ecosystem services, and food-energy security. Notified of funding April 2016. $1.6 million. UF portion with Southworth as PI = $360,000 Total Award Period Covered: 9/1/2016 – 8/31/2020. PI: Dan Brown (University of Michigan). Co-PIs: Jane Southworth (UF PI) and Arun Agrawal (University of Michigan).

  • 2016-2018

NIOSH: South Eastern Coastal Center for Agricultural Health and Safety $10 million. PI: Overall center PI – Glenn Morris. Sub-PI for our project ($280,000) is Greg Glass. Co-PI: Southworth.

  • 2017-2018

University of Florida, International Center: Geography and CAS Study Abroad Program in South Africa. $25,000. PI: Southworth, Co-PI’s: Ryan and Child.

  • 2015-2016

UF Water Institute: The Water-Energy-Food-Environment nexus: Unintended consequences of interbasin water transfer for hydropower generation and agriculture on the protected environment. Total Award Amount: $10,000. PI: Rafael Munoz-Carpena. Co-PIs: Jane Southworth, Ray Huffaker, Greg Kiker, Peter Waylen.

  • 2015-2016

UF Water Institute: Water, Africa, Disease, and Health (WADAH). Total Award Amount: $10,000. PI: Jane Southworth. Co-PIs: Rafael Munoz-Carpena, Ray Huffaker, Greg Kiker, Jason Blackburn, Brian Child, Greg Glass, Sadie Ryan, Peter Waylen.

  • 2014-2015

UF Informatics Institute SEED Grant. “Death, Disease and Distribution”, $36,000. PI – Southworth, Co-PIs: Blackburn, Waylen, Glass, Ryan, Munoz-Carpena, and Kiker.

  • 2013-2018

NSF PIRE Program: PARTNERS (People And Reforestation in the Tropics: a Network for Education, Research, and Synthesis). Total Award Amount: $499,011. University of Connecticut – PI: Robin Chazdon. My role: Collaborator – Networking Grant.

  • 2013-2016

Google Earth Outreach Grant / Collaboration. PIs: Jane Southworth and Erin Bunting. Purpose: to bring Google Earth Engine, Google Maps Engine, Open Data Kit, Timelapse, and Google Tours into the Introductory Remote Sensing Class. This collaboration enabled our students to have contact with cutting edge remote sensing technology available through the Google array. This introduces our student to big data analysis via access to the extensive Google data catalog. Furthermore, the open data kit program is a tablet based field collection technique. Note: There is no direct money from this. The collaboration enabled our students to access a resource that only a couple other universities around the world have. Specifically other collaborations have been set up at Stanford, Cal Tech, and Princeton.

  • 2011-2015

NSF-CNH Program. Global Sensitivity & Uncertainty Analysis in the Evaluation of Social Ecological Resilience: Theoretical Debates over Infrastructure Impacts on Livelihoods & Forest Change. $1.6 million. PI: Dr. Stephen Perz. My role: Senior Investigator.

Recent Publications

Guo Cao, Bisheng Wang, Xavier Haro-Carrión, Di Yang, and Jane Southworth. 2017. A new difference image creation method based on deep neural networks for change detection in remote sensing images. International Journal of Remote Sensing, 38(23): 7161-7175.

Fullman, T., Bunting, E., Kiker, G., and Southworth, J. 2017. Predicted Shifts in Large Herbivore Distribution under Climate Change and Management Scenarios in Kruger National Park, South Africa. Ecological Modeling, 352: 1-18.

Hannah Herrero, Jane Southworth, Erin Bunting, and Brian Child. 2017. Using Repeat Photography to Observe Vegetation Change Over Time in Gorongosa National Park. African Studies Quarterly, 17(2): 65-82.

Ryan, S.J., Palace, M., Diem, J., Hartter, J. Chapman, C.A., Southworth, J. 2017. Population pressure and global markets drove a decade of deforestation in Africa’s Albertine Rift. Applied Geography, 81: 52-59.

Fullman, T.J., G.A. Kiker, A. Gaylard, J. Southworth, P.R. Waylen, and G.I.H. Kerley. Elephants respond to resource trade-offs in an aseasonal system through daily and annual variability in resource selection Koedoe; 59 (1)

Hannah Herrero, Jane Southworth, Erin Bunting. 2016. Utilizing Multiple Lines of Evidence to Determine Landscape Degradation within protected area landscapes: A Case Study of Chobe National Park, Botswana from 1982 to 2011. Remote Sensing, 8 (8): 623.

Ray Huffaker, Rafael Muñoz-Carpena, Miguel Campo-Bescos, Jane Southworth. 2016. Demonstrating correspondence between decision-support models and dynamics of real-world environmental systems. Environmental Modelling & Software, 83: 74-87.

Bunting, E., Fullman, T., Kiker, G., and Southworth, J. 2016. Utilization of the SAVANNA Ecosystem Model to Analyze Future Patterns of Vegetation Cover in Kruger National Park under IPCC Climate Change Scenarios. Ecological Modeling, 342: 147-160.

Michael J. Hill, Qiang Zhou, Qingsong Sun, Crystal B. Schaaf, Jane Southworth, Niti B. Mishra, Cerian Gibbes, Erin Bunting, Thomas B. Christiansen, & Kelley A. Crews. 2016. Dynamics of the relationship between NDVI and SWIR32 vegetation indices in southern Africa: implications for retrieval of fractional cover from MODIS data. International Journal of Remote Sensing. Volume 37, Issue 6, pages 1476-1503.

Hill, Michael, J., and Jane Southworth. 2016. Anthropogenic change in savannas and associated forest biomes. Journal of Land Use Science, Volume 11: Issue 1, Pages 1-6.

Southworth, J., Zhu, L., Bunting, E., Ryan, S.J., Herrero, H., Waylen, P.R., Hill, M. 2016. Changes in vegetation persistence across global savanna landscapes, 1982-2010. Journal of Land Use Science, Volume 11, Issue 1, pages 7-32.

Ryan, S.J., Southworth, J., Hartter, J., Dowhaniuk, N., Fuda, R., Diem, J. 2015. Household level influences on fragmentation in an African park landscape. Applied Geography 58: 18-31.

Sun, J., J. Southworth, and Y. Qiu. 2015. Mapping multiscale impacts of deforestation in the Amazonian rainforest from 1986 to 2010. Journal of Land Use Science, Volume 10, Issue 2, pages 174-190.

Christopher Baraloto, Paula Alverga, Sufer Baéz Quispe, Grenville Barnes, Nino Bejar Chura, Izaias Brasil da Silva, Wendeson Castro, Harrison da Souza, Iracema Elizabeth de Souza Moll, Jim Del Alcazar Chilo, Hugo Dueñas Linares, Jorge Gárate Quispe, Dean Kenji, Matthew Marsik, Herison Medeiros, Skya Murphy, Cara Rockwell, Alexander Shenkin, Marcos Silveira, Jane Southworth, Guido Vasquez, and Stephen Perz. 2015. Effects of road infrastructure on forest value across a tri-national Amazonian frontier. Biological Conservation, 191, pages 674-681

Zhu Likai, Jane Southworth, Jijun Meng. 2015. Comparison of the driving forces of spring phenology among savanna landscapes by combining spatial and temporal heterogeneity. International Journal of Biometeorology, October 2015, Volume 59: Issue 10, pp. 1373-1384.

Sancahayeeta Adhikari, Jane Southworth, and Harini Nagendra. 2015. Understanding forest loss and recovery: a spatio-temporal analysis of land change in and around Bannerghatta National Park, India. Journal of Land Use Science, 10 (4)

Baraloto, C., P. Alverga, S. Baéz Quispe, G. Barnes, N. Bejar Chura, I. Brasil da Silva, W. Castro, H. Da Souza, I. De Souza Moll, J. Del Alcazar Chilo, H. Duenas Linares, J. Garate Quispe, D. Kenji, H. Medeiros, C. A. Rockwell, A. Shenkin, M. Silveira, J. Southworth, G. Vasquez, and S. Perz. 2014. Trade-offs among forest value components in community forests of southwestern Amazonia. Ecology and Society 19(4): 56

Waylen, P.R., Southworth, J., Gibbes, C., and H. Tsai. 2014. Time series analysis of land cover change: Developing statistical tools to determine significance of land cover changes in persistence analyses. Remote Sensing, 6, 4473-4497.

Sun, J., Z. Huang, Q. Zhen, J. Southworth, and S. Perz. 2014. Fractally deforested landscape: Pattern and process in a tri-national Amazon frontier. Applied Geography, 52: 204-211.

Gibbes, C., Southworth, J., Waylen, P., and B. Child. 2014. Climate variability as a dominant driver of post-disturbance savanna dynamics. Applied Geography, 53: 389-401.

Tsai, H., Southworth, J., and P. Waylen. 2014. Spatial persistence and temporal patterns in vegetation cover across Florida, 1982–2006. Physical Geography, 35(2): 151-180.

Sun, J., J. Southworth., and Y. Qiu. 2014. Mapping multiscale impacts of deforestation in the Amazonian rainforest from 1986 to 2010. Journal of Land Use Science.

Miguel A. Campo-Bescos, Rafael Muñoz-Carpena, Jane Southworth, Likai Zhu, Peter R. Waylen, and Erin Bunting. 2013. Combined Spatial and Temporal Effects of Environmental Controls on Long-Term Monthly NDVI in the Southern Africa Savanna. Remote Sensing, 5, 6513-6538.

Southworth, J., Rigg, L., Gibbes C., Waylen, P., Zhu, L., McCarragher, S., Cassidy, L. 2013. Integrating Dendrochronology, Climate and Satellite Remote Sensing to Better Understand Savanna Landscape Dynamics in the Okavango Delta, Botswana. LAND, 2: 637-655.

Campo-Bescos, M.A., R. Munoz-Carpena, D.A. Kaplan, J. Southworth, L. Zhu, and P.R. Waylen. 2013. Beyond precipitation: physiographic thresholds dictate the relative importance of environmental drivers on savanna vegetation. PLoS ONE, 8(8): e72348.

J. Sun, J. Southworth. 2013. Retrospective analysis of landscape dynamics using normalized spectral entropy. Remote Sensing Letters, Vol. 4, No. 11, 1049–1056.

Likai Zhu and Jane Southworth. 2013. Disentangling the relationships between net primary production and precipitation in southern Africa savannas using satellite observations from 1982 to 2010. Remote Sensing, 5, 3803-3825.

J. Sun, J. Southworth. 2013. Indicating structural connectivity in Amazonian rainforests from 1986 to 2010 using morphological image processing analysis. International Journal of Remote Sensing, 34(14): 5187-5200.

Cassidy, L., J. Southworth, C. Gibbes, & M.W. Binford. 2013. Beyond classifications: Combining continuous and discrete approaches to better understand land-cover change within the lower Mekong River region. Applied Geography, 39: 26-45.

Erin Bunting, Jessica Steele, Eric Keys, Shylock Muyengwa, Brian Child, Jane Southworth. 2013. Local Perception of Risk to Livelihoods in the Semi-Arid Landscape of Southern Africa. LAND 2(2): 225-251.

Xia Cui, Cerian Gibbes, Jane Southworth, Peter Waylen. 2013. Using Remote Sensing to Quantify Vegetation Change and Ecological Resilience in a Semi-Arid System. LAND, 2(2): 108-130.

Sun, J., Z. Huang, J. Southworth. Y. Qiu. 2013. Mapping fractality during the process of deforestation in an Amazon tri-national frontier. Remote Sensing Letters, 4:6, 589 -598.

Perz, S., Y. Qiu, Y. Xia, J. Southworth, J. Sun, M. Marsik, K. Rocha, V. Passos, D. Rojas, G. Alarcon, G. Barnes, C. Baraloto. 2013. Trans-boundary infrastructure and land cover change: Highway paving and community-level deforestation in a tri-national frontier in the Amazon. Land Use Policy, 34, 27 – 41.

Sun, J., & J. Southworth. 2013. Remote Sensing-Based Fractal Analysis and Scale Dependence Associated with Forest Fragmentation in an Amazon Tri‑National Frontier. Remote Sensing, 5(2): 454-472.

Educational Background

  • PhD in Public and Environmental Affairs, Indiana University, 2000
  • M.S. in Geography, Specialization in Meteorology & Climatology, 1996
  • B.S. in Geography, Leicester University, 1992

Current Graduate Students



  • Co-advise Tyler Schaper (with Greg Glass)


Recent Graduate Students


  • Dr. Hannah Herrero Summer 2019
  • Dr. Meshari Alenezi Summer 2019
  • Dr. Xavier Haro-Carrion Summer 2019
  • Forrest Stevens – Fall 2014
  • Mehmet Ozdes – started PhD Fall 2012
  • Erin Bunting Summer 2014
  • Tim Fullman Summer 2014 Co-Chair, Dr. Brian Child
  • Jessica Steele Summer 2014
  • Likai Zhu Summer 2014
  • Jing Sun Summer 2013
  • Muhammad Almatar Fall 2012
  • HuiPing Tsai Fall 2012
  • Cerian Gibbes Spring 2011
  • Sanchayeeta Adhikari Spring 2011
  • Pinki Mondal Fall 2010
  • Claudia Stickler December 2009
  • Jaclyn Hall Summer 2009
  • Amy Daniels Summer 2009
  • Matt Marsik Fall 2008 Co-Chair, Dr. Peter Waylen
  • Joel Hartter Fall 2007 Co-Chair, Dr. Abe Goldman


  • Mariano Gonzalez Fall 2009
  • Forrest Stevens Spring 2009
    Muhammad Almatar Spring 2008
  • Cerian Gibbes Fall 2006
  • Rob Lopez Spring 2006