Jim Merchant

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Title Geographer and GIScientist
Address 306 Hardin Hall
3310 Holdrege Street
Lincoln NE
68583-0973
Phone 402-472-7531
FAX 402-472-2946
E-mail jmerchant1@unl.edu
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Welcome! I'm Jim Merchant, Professor of Geography and Geographic Information Science (GIScience). I have been a faculty member at UNL since 1989. I also hold faculty appointments as a research scientist with the SNR Center for Advanced Land Management Information Technologies (CALMIT) and a courtesy Professor in the UNL Department of Agronomy and Horticulture. My research and teaching interests focus on applications of GIScience (remote sensing and Geographic Information Systems (GIS)) in natural resources management and environmental assessment. I teach undergraduate and graduate courses in these areas, and also offer an annual proseminar focusing on research methods and professional development in Geography. In recent years my research has dealt with

  1. strategies for land cover characterization using digital multispectral satellite data;
  2. spatial and contextual analysis of digital images; and
  3. the design of spatial models that can be employed in GIS to aid in the management of natural resources.

This research has been funded by grants from the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Geological Survey, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and several Nebraska state agencies.

Among other things, I have worked on development of a global 1-km land cover database derived from satellite imagery, assessment of the status of biodiversity protection under the Nebraska Gap Analysis Project, methods for incorporating land cover data in spatial models and techniques for using GIS in lake water quality assessment and groundwater pollution risk assessment. Recently I collaborated with the Nebraska GIS Council and the Nebraska Office of the Chief Information Officer to design and implement a statewide web-based geospatial data portal for Nebraska.

James Merchant

Selected Publications

Li, Ruopu, Qingfeng Guan and James Merchant. 2012. A geospatial modeling framework for assessing biofuels-related land-use and land-cover change. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment 161: 17–26.
Kessler, Andrew C., James W. Merchant, Craig R. Allen, and Steven D. Shultz. 2011. Invasive Plants Impacts on Sandhill Crane (Grus canadensis) Roosting Habitat. Invasive Plant Science and Management, 4(4): 369-377.
Baasch, D., J. Fischer, S. Hygnstrom, K. VerCauteren, A. Tyre, J. Millspaugh, J. Merchant and J. Volesky. 2010. Resource Selection by Elk in an Agro-forested Landscape in Northwestern Nebraska. Environmental Management, 46:725-737
Merchant, J.W. and P.R. Dappen. 2010. Employing a Geographic Information System for Wetlands Management in Nebraska's Rainwater Basin, Chapter 7 in Geospatial Technologies in Environmental Management (pp. 103-118), N. Hoalst-Pullen and M.W. Patterson, eds., New York: Springer.
Miller, T.K., C.R. Allen, W.G. Landis and J.W. Merchant. 2010. Risk Assessment: Simultaneously Prioritizing the Control of Invasive Plant Species and the Conservation of Rare Plant Species. Biological Conservation, 143: 2070-2079.
Merchant, J. W. and S. Narumalani. 2009. Integration of Remote Sensing and GIS, Chapter 17 in Handbook of Remote Sensing (T. Warner, D. Nellis and G. Foody, eds.). Sage Publications.
Dappen, P.R., I. Ratcliffe, C. Robbins and J.W. Merchant. 2008. Mapping Agricultural Land Cover for Hydrologic Modeling in the Platte River Watershed of Nebraska. Great Plains Research, 18(1): 39-52.
Bulley, H., D. Marx, J. Merchant, J. Holz and A. Holz. 2008. A Comparison of Nebraska Reservoir Classes Estimated from Watershed-Based Classification Models and Ecoregions, Journal of Environmental Informatics, 11(2): 90-102.
Bulley, H., J. Merchant, D. Marx, J. Holz and A. Holz. 2007. A GIS-based Approach to Watershed Classification for Nebraska Reservoirs, Journal of the American Water Resources Association, 43:605-621.
Henebry, G.M. and J.W. Merchant. 2006. Land Cover Map of Nebraska, 1:800,000. University of Nebraska-Lincoln, School of Natural Resources.
Hygnstrom, S.E., M. Cover, B. Stillings, R. Crank, J. Fischer, J. Merchant and S. Korte. 2005. Elk in Nebraska: Opportunity or Another Private-Public Land Conundrum, Proceedings of the 11th Wildlife Damage Management Conference (D.L. Nolte and K.A. Fagerstone, eds.). Fort Collins, CO: USDA/APHIS, 213-218.
Merchant, J.W. 2005. Remote Sensing and the Organization, Chapter 13 in Remote Sensing for GIS Managers (S. Aronoff, editor). Redlands, CA: ESRI Press, 415-419.
Loveland, T.R. and J. W. Merchant. 2004. Ecoregions and Ecoregionalization: Geographical and Ecological Perspectives, Environmental Management, 34:S1-S13.
Henebry, G. and J.W. Merchant. Geospatial Data in Time: Limits and Prospects for Predicting Species Occurrences, Chapter 23 in Predicting Species Occurrences (J. Scott and P. Heglund, eds.), Covelo, CA: Island Press, 291-302.
Crawford, T. M., D. J. Stensrud, F. Mora, J. W. Merchant, and P. J. Wetzel. 2001. The Insertion of a High-resolution Land Cover Dataset into MM5/PLACE. Journal of Hydrometeorology, 2 (5), 453-468.
Vogelmann, D. Helder, R. Morfitt, M. Choate, J. Merchant and H. Bulley. 2001. Effects of Landsat-5 TM and Landsat-7 ETM+ Radiometric and Geometric Calibrations on Landscape Characterization, Remote Sensing of Environment, 78 (1-2), 55-70.
Loveland, T., B. Reed, J. Brown, D. Ohlen, Z. Zhu, L. Yang and J. Merchant. 2000. Development of a Global Land Cover Characteristics Database and IGBP DISCover from 1-km AVHRR Data. International Journal of Remote Sensing, 21,1303-1330.

Educational Background

  • BS - Towson State University, Geography (1969)
  • MA - University of Kansas, Geography (1973)
  • PhD - University of Kansas, Geography (1984)

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Notable Websites

Expertise

  • Geography - AAGeneral
  • Remote Sensing - AAGeneral

Areas of Interest (Keyword)

  • Ecosystems - Invasive Species
  • Ecosystems - Invasive Species
  • Education - GIS
  • Geographic Information System (GIS) - Cartography, mapping
  • Geographic Information System (GIS) - Education
  • Geographic Information System (GIS) - Remote Sensing
  • Geographic Information System (GIS) - Water Resources
  • Geography - Human Geography
  • Geography - Remote Sensing
  • Geology - Mapping
  • Great Plains
  • Human Geography - AAGeneral
  • Humans and the Environment - Human Geography
  • Invasive Species - And Ecosystems
  • Invasive Species - And Ecosystems
  • Land Use/Land Cover - Changes In
  • Land Use/Land Cover - Remote Sensing
  • Land Use/Land Cover - Remote Sensing, Geography
  • Landscape Ecology
  • Mapping, Cartography
  • Physical Geography - Water Resources
  • Remote Sensing - Geography
  • Remote Sensing - GIS
  • Remote Sensing - Land Cover
  • Remote Sensing - Water Resources
  • Vegetation - Ecology
  • Vegetation - Phenology
  • Water - Geographic Information System (GIS)
  • Water - Resources

Other Areas of Interest

Remote Sensing, Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

Currently this page only displays grants that were awarded on 1/1/2009 to the present. If a grant was awarded prior to 1/1/2009 and is still active, it will not be displayed on this page.

Grant Title Geospatial Data Analysis Support/Nebraska Emergency Management Agency
Starting Date 9/1/2012
Principal Investigators
Jim Merchant
Ending Date 8/31/2013
Funding Level $74,639.00
Funding Source Nebraska Military Department/Nebraska Emergency Management Agency

 
Grant Title 2012 American View
Starting Date 7/1/2012
Principal Investigators
Jim Merchant
Ending Date 6/30/2013
Funding Level $23,500.00
Funding Source Nebraska Sustainable Agriculture

 
Grant Title AmericaView Mini Grant (additional funding)
Starting Date 10/14/2011
Principal Investigators
Jim Merchant
Co-PIs
Milda Vaitkus
Ending Date 12/31/2012
Funding Level $5,000.00
Funding Source AmericaView

 
Grant Title Geospatial Data Analysis Support/Nebraska Emergency Management Agency
Starting Date 9/1/2011
Principal Investigators
Jim Merchant
Ending Date 8/31/2012
Funding Level $77,465.00
Funding Source Nebraska Emergency Management Agency

 
Grant Title Nebraska View (additional funding)
Starting Date 9/30/2008
Principal Investigators
Jim Merchant
Ending Date 6/30/2012
Funding Level $23,800.00
Funding Source US Department of the Interior

 
Grant Title Geospatial Data Analysis Support for the Nebraska Emergency Management Agency
Starting Date 1/1/2006
Principal Investigators
Jim Merchant
Ending Date 8/31/2011
Funding Level $341,007.00
Funding Source Nebraska Emergency Management Agency

 
Grant Title Implementation of the AmericaView Program in Nebraska
Starting Date 9/1/2002
Principal Investigators
Jim Merchant
Ending Date 6/30/2011
Funding Level $597,808.00
Funding Source US Geological Survey

 
Grant Title Initial Design and Implementation of the Nebraska Geospatial Data Sharing and Web Services Network
Starting Date 8/6/2008
Principal Investigators
Jim Merchant
Ending Date 2/5/2011
Funding Level $260,870.00
Funding Source Nebraska Office of the Chief Information Officer

 
Grant Title GIS Data Analysis Support
Starting Date 9/1/2010
Principal Investigators
Jim Merchant
Ending Date 8/31/2011
Funding Level $77,121.00
Funding Source Nebraska Emergency Management Agency

 
Grant Title Stateview Program Development and Operations (additional funding)
Starting Date 7/1/2010
Principal Investigators
Jim Merchant
Ending Date 6/30/2011
Funding Level $25,000.00
Funding Source AmericaView

 
Grant Title Stateview Program Development and Operations for the State of Nebraska (additional funding)
Starting Date 8/31/2008
Principal Investigators
Jim Merchant
Ending Date 9/29/2010
Funding Level $5,788.00
Funding Source AmericaView

 
Grant Title StateView Program Development and Operations for the State of Nebraska
Starting Date 9/30/2009
Principal Investigators
Jim Merchant
Ending Date 9/29/2010
Funding Level $23,100.00
Funding Source AmericaView

 
Grant Title Geospatial Data Analysis for the Nebraska Department of Emergency Management
Starting Date 9/1/2009
Principal Investigators
Jim Merchant
Ending Date 8/31/2010
Funding Level $85,192.00
Funding Source Nebraska Miliatry/Nebraska Emergency Management Agency

 
Grant Title Determination of Appropriate Lake Water Quality Expectations (Nutrient Criteria) for Nebraska 2009
Starting Date 3/1/2009
Principal Investigators
Co-PIs
Holz, John
Aris Efting
Jim Merchant
Istanbulluoglu, Erkan
Ending Date 2/28/2010
Funding Level $39,087.00
Funding Source Environmental Protection Agency

 
Grant Title Leadership to Design and Implement the Nebraska Geospatial Data Sharing and Web Services Network
Starting Date 8/5/2008
Principal Investigators
Jim Merchant
Ending Date 2/28/2011
Funding Level $34,441.00
Funding Source Nebraska Office of the Chief Information Officer

 

Graduate Program(s) Master of Arts with a Specialization in
  • Geographic Information Systems
Master of Science with a Specialization in
  • Geographic Information Systems
  • Remote Sensing
Doctor of Philosophy with a Specialization in
  • Geographic Information Systems

Courses Taught in the Current Semester
Course Number Course Title Day Time Cross Listing
GEOG 497 Internship in Geography ARR ARR GEOG 897
GEOG 897 Internship in Geography ARR ARR Jim does not want his xlsted with 497
GEOG 898 Special Programs - Proseminar: Research Methods in Remote Sensing and GIS n/a n/a n/a
GEOG 898 Special Programs - Proseminar: Research Methods in Remote Sensing and GIS n/a n/a n/a
GEOG 902 General Seminar F 0200-0250 P (room reserved until 3:50) n/a
NRES 812 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems R 0200-0420 P GEOG412/812, NRES 412
NRES 812 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems T 0200-0420 P GEOG412/812, NRES 412
Courses Taught
Course Number Course Title Fall Even Years Fall Odd Years Spring Even Years Spring Odd Years Summer Session Cross Listing
GEOG 217 Mapping Science: 21st Century X X X X n/a
GEOG 412 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems X X X X GEOG 812, NRES 412/812
GEOG 812 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems X X X X GEOG 412, NRES 412/812
GEOG 901 Proseminar in Research Methods and Professional Development X X n/a
GEOG 902 General Seminar X X X X n/a
GEOG 940 Seminar in Human Geography: Global Land Use & Land Cover Change X X X X n/a
NRES 412 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems X X X X GEOG 412/812, NRES 812
NRES 812 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems X X X X GEOG 412/812, NRES 412