Head shot of Chris Hakkenberg
  • Kinder Scholar
  • Postdoctoral Research Associate, School of Informatics, Computing, and Cyber Systems
  • Northern Arizona University

Dr. Chris Hakkenberg is a postdoctoral scholar in the GEODE lab in the School of Informatics, Computing, and Cyber Systems at Northern Arizona University. Hakkenberg's research employs techniques of geospatial analysis in the fields of landscape ecology, remote sensing and human-environment interactions to model complex ecological phenomena at multiple scales including pattern and drivers of biodiversity, forest structure and dynamics and ecosystem function. 

His work with the Kinder Institute focuses on using space-borne remote sensing platforms to investigate the spatio-temporal dynamics of Houston's urbanization at fine resolutions over long periods and vast extents. In addition to providing unique insights into the relationship between Houston’s spatio-temporal urbanization morphologies and their underlying socio-economic drivers, results shed light on climate change mitigation efforts, landscape urban hydrology, environmental justice and landscape conservation planning for one of the United States’ largest, most diverse and fastest-growing urban systems.