Ben Heumann
Assistant Professor
Department of Geography & Environmental Studies
Institute for Great Lakes Research

Remote Sensing, GIS, Environmental Science, Human-Environment Interactions, Wetlands
Dow Science Complex 282

Dr. Heumann is the Director of the CMU Center for Geographic Information Science and a Professor of Geography at Central Michigan University.


  • Ph.D., University of North Carolina and Chapel Hill, 2011
  • M.Sc., McGill University, 2007
  • B.Sc., (Honours), McGill University, 2004

Teaching Areas

  • Remote Sensing
  • GIS
  • Research Methods
  • Physical Geography

Research Fields

  • Remote Sensing (Multispectral, Hyperspectral, RPV/UAV/Drones)
  • Environmental Modeling
  • Biogeography and Landscape Ecology
  • Wetlands


  • Heumann, BW. (2015). The multiple comparisons problem in empirical remote sensing – an introduction. Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing. Vol. 81:12. pp21-847 doi:10.14358/PERS.81.12.21.
  • Heumann, BW, Hackett, RA. and Monfils, AK (2015). Testing the spectral diversity hypothesis using spectroscopy data in a simulated wetland community. Ecological Informatics.
  • Heumann, B.W., Walsh, SJ, Verdery, AM, McDaniel, PM, Rindfuss, RR. (2013). Land Suitability Modeling using a Geographic Socio-Environmental Niche-Based Approach: A Case Study from Northeastern Thailand. Annals of the Association of American Geographers. 103 (4), 764-784
  • Heumann, B.W. (2011) An Object-Based Classification of Mangroves using a Hybrid Decision Tree – Support Vector Machine Approach. Remote Sensing. 3, 2440-2460; doi:10.3390/rs3112440
  • Heumann, BW. (2011) Recent Advances of the Remote Sensing of Mangrove Forests and Future Opportunities. Progress in Physical Geography. 35(1), 2011.
  • Heumann, BW, JW Seaquist, L Eklundh, P Jonsson. (2007). “AVHRR Derived Phenology Change in the Sahel, Soudan, and Guinean Regions, Africa, 1982 – 2005”. Remote Sensing of Environment 108 (4): 385-392