Dr. Sylvio Mannel

Environmental Studies Course Descriptions


  • Successful curriculum development in the US and the Caribbean
  • National AAG Award for years of policy-changing impact applying natural sciences and geospatial technology
  • Advanced research and education as head of a Conservation Data Center
  • Published expert in natural sciences and GIS/remote sensing
  • Visualization of science concepts (3D, video, commercial poster, interactive online map) to aid cognitive processes
  • Ground-breaking publications on geostatistical issues of quantitative environmental analysis and modeling   Effective teaching (excellent student evaluations)
  • STEM teaching material published in peer-reviewed journals and online
  • Multidisciplinary collaborative projects with Forest Service, Parks and Recreation, USGS, NASA, etc.
  • Effective Grant writing (>$1Million)


2009 Meredith Burrill Award, Association of American Geographers (AAG), presented at Annual AAG Meeting, Las Vegas, NV, March 27, 2009
(Received for policy changing impact applying Natural and Geo-sciences. Previous recipients include the Louisiana State University GIS Clearing House Cooperative for their contributions in the wake of Hurricane Katrina)



  • PhD, Atmosphere, Environment and Water Resources (Biogeography with focus on GIS and Remote Sensing) (GPA 4.0)
  • South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, Rapid City, SD and South Dakota State University, Brookings, SD
  • Dissertation: Contribution of remote sensing to forest inventories in the Black Hills, SD - A focus on reference data acquisition, Decision Tree classification and hyperspectral versus multispectral data; Advisor: M. Price, PhD.


MS, Geo-Ecology (German combination of BS and MS in Geography / Environmental Science), Minor in Environmental Law; University of Potsdam, Potsdam, Germany
Thesis: Biophysical characterization of the tallgrass prairie in Oklahoma: grassland canopy parameters and their relationship to satellite derived NDVI; Advisor: Meyer, D., PhD.


Augustana College; Sioux Falls, SD; Exchange student, Internship with USGS EROS Data Center


Liverpool Institute of Higher Education; Liverpool, Great Britain; Exchange student


Electrician; Vocational College of Neubrandenburg; Germany, Combination of undergraduate studies and vocational training.


2010- present

Assistant Professor, Cottey College, Nevada, MO

  • In charge of setting up a new Environmental Studies program
  • Teach undergraduate environmental and geospatial courses


Assistant Professor, Geosciences, Idaho State University, Pocatello, ID

  • Teach graduate and undergraduate environmental and geospatial courses
  • Develop research program (emphasis on using GIS and RS for cancer/air pollution, thermal hot spots and salmon/beaver impact)
  • Liaison between ISU GIS Center and Geosciences Department


Coordinator and Manager of Conservation Data Center, University of Virgin Islands, St. Thomas, VI,

  • Supervised and evaluated four scientists and technicians
  • Managed and expanded a GIS Center
  • Guest lecture for students from Yale University
  • Advised in setting up a 911 call/location system and hurricane preparedness system
  • Coordinated research/outreach projects with Agriculture Department, Lt. Governor, Marine Science Center and others
  • Awarded $600,000 to set up undergraduate GIS program


GIS/Remote Sensing manager, instructor, researcher, Oglala Lakota College, Kyle, SD

  • Developed the Lakota Science and Technology Center
  • Initiated environmental GIS/Remote Sensing program
  • Developed new environmental GIS and remote sensing courses and syllabi later adopted by department
  • Established collaborative research in this primarily teaching university
  • Taught both undergraduate and graduate students
  • Developed research program with emphasis on environmental and social GIS/remote sensing applications



  • Field surveys and assessment (e.g. forested and prairie ecosystems, environmental diseases, amphibian distribution)
  • Expertise in rangelands, forests and urban landscapes
  • Geospatial regression of air pollution with effects on humans


  • Ecosystem modeling, health research, business application, tourism, history, cultural geography, marine applications, GIS theory, National and international collaborations, 3D visualization Collaborations with international scientists and musicians


  • ArcGIS and extensions (e.g. ArcGlobe, ArcScene, Spatial Analyst), web GIS development and online database API's, open-source map software (e.g. MapWindow)


  • Trimble GPS (e.g. GeoXT), LEICA Station, recreational GPS receivers (e.g. Garmin, and Magellan), GPS software (e.g. Pathfinder Office)


  • Autocorrelation, kriging

Remote sensing:

  • ENVI, ERDAS Imagine, See5 (Data mining - Decision Tree software)
  • Hyperspectral data (e.g. AVIRIS), multitemporal data, high resolution data (e.g. Quickbird), LIDAR
  • Data mining (e.g. Decision Tree classification), Mixture Tuned Matched Filtering, supervised and unsupervised classifications

Programming: C, IDL
Other software: Adobe Photoshop, Minitab


E-mail: smannel@cottey.edu
Phone: (417) 667-8181 ext. 2134

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