Rafael Moreno-Sanchez

Rafael Moreno-Sanchez

Associate Professor
  • Geography and Environmental Sciences (CLAS)

Dr. Rafael Moreno received his B.S. in Forestry from the Universidad Autónoma Chapingo, Mexico in 1982 and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Natural Resources Management from Colorado State University in 1987 and 1992 respectively. He worked as a researcher for the National Institute for Forestry, Agriculture and Livestock Research (Mexico) and served as the Director of the National Center for Forest Ecosystems Conservation and Management (Mexico). He was Post Doctoral Fellow with the Organization of American States—SEMARNAP in collaboration with the University of Western Ontario (Canada) for a year in 1995. In 1996 he returned to Colorado as an Assistant Professor at Metropolitan State University of Denver. Subsequently, he was the Director of the Master of Science in GIScience program at the University of Denver for two years, and is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Geography and Environmental Sciences at UCD. Since 1996, he has taught courses in GISscience and technology, environmental science, land use planning and sustainability in natural resources management. His current research concentrates on the analysis of fragmentation and anthropogenic pressure on the forest areas, Decision Support Systems for forest management, and the use of Geospatial Open Source Software for creating local and Web-based spatial information systems.

Areas of Expertise

Geographic Information Science and Technology; Open Source Software for Geospatial Applications (FOSS4G); Natural Resources Management; Sustainable Development; Forestry and land use planning in Latin America.

Education, Licensure & Certifications


  • B.S. Forestry. Universidad Autonoma Chapingo, Mexico.
  • M.S. Natural Resources Management. Colorado State University.
  • Ph.D. Natural Resources Management. Colorado State University.

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