Dr. Kenneth C. McGwire

Associate Research Professor Geography
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Professional Interests

Dr. McGwire has been Principal Investigator for numerous research grants from federal agencies, such as NASA, NSF, DOE, EPA, as well as State agencies. He has published 36 peer-reviewed research papers and book chapters, as well as numerous conference papers and reports, on the application of GIS and remote sensing to a wide range of ecological applications including invasive species, floristic diversity, and habitat mapping. Dr. McGwire was a member of three specialist meetings held by the National Center for Geographic Information and Analysis on the Integration of Remote Sensing and GIS, the Roles of GIS in the U.S. Global Change Research Program, and a Remote Sensing Core Curriculum. He was a member of two specialist meetings held by the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis on the Quantification of Uncertainty in Spatial Data for Ecological Applications and the Spatial Ecology of Infectious Disease. He served on the Technical Advisory Committee for the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency on the Tahoe Integrated Information Management System. He was a member of the science team for NASA’s Earth-Observing-1 satellite, testing space-borne hyperspectral mapping of invasive species.  Dr. McGwire has experience collaborating across a wide range of disciplines, successfully competing as PI on grants with scientists ranging from paleontologists to glaciologists to microbiologists.

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Research Areas of Interest and Expertise

  • Hyperspectral Remote Sensing
  • Geographic Information Systems
  • Biodiversity
  • Invasive Species
  • Geographical Epidemeology - Hantavirus

Education

DegreeYearInstitutionArea
Ph.D. 1992 University of California, Santa Barbara Geography
M.A. 1987 University of California, Santa Barbara Geography
B.A. 1986 University of California, Santa Barbara Geography

Publications & Presentations

2017

McGwire, K. C., Weltz, M., Snyder, K., Huntington, J. L., Morton, C. G., McEvoy, D. J., Peterson, S. (2017). Satellite Assessment of Early Season Forecasts for Vegetation Conditions of Grazing Allotments in Nevada, United States, Rangeland Ecology Management, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.rama.2017.06.005(in press)
Nouwakpo, S. K., Weltz, M. A., McGwire, K. C., Williams, C. J., Al-Hamdan, O., Green, C. (2017). Insight into Sediment Transport Processes on Saline Rangeland Hillslopes Using Three-Dimensional Soil Microtopography Changes, Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, 42, (4), 681-696, doi: 10.1002/esp.4013

2016

Cadaret, E., McGwire, K. C., Nouwakpo, S. K., Weltz, M. A., Saito, L. (2016). Vegetation Canopy Cover Effects on Sediment Erosion Processes in the Upper Colorado River Basin Mancos Shale Formation, Price, Utah, USA, Catena, 147, 334-344, doi: 10.1016/j.catena.2016.06.043.
Cadaret, E., Nouwakpo, S. K., McGwire, K. C., Weltz, M. A., Blank, R. R. (2016). Experimental Investigation of the Effect of Vegetation on Soil, Sediment Erosion, and Salt Transport Processes in the Upper Colorado River Basin Mancos Shale Formation, Price, Utah, USA, Catena, 147, 650-662, doi: 10.1016/j.catena.2016.08.024
Heyvaert, A. C., Fitzgerald, B. C., Morton, C. G., McGwire, K. C., Susfalk, R. B. (2016). Pilot Implementation of the Lake Tahoe Nearshore Monitoring Framework for Clarity Metrics, DRI Report No. 41267
Heyvaert, A. C., Fitzgerald, B. C., Morton, C. G., McGwire, K. C., Susfalk, R. B. (2016). Evaluating Nearshore Clarity Conditions and Linkages to Watershed Management Objectives at Lake Tahoe, California-Nevada, North American Lake Management Society: Banff, Canada, November 1, 2016-November 4, 2016
Huntington, J. L., McGwire, K. C., Morton, C. G., Snyder, K., Peterson, S., Erickson, T., Niswonger, R., Carroll, R. W., Smith, G. T., Allen, R. (2016). Assessing the Role of Climate and Resource Management on Groundwater Dependent Ecosystem Changes in Arid Environments with the Landsat Archive, Remote Sensing of Environment, 185, 186-197, doi: 10.1016/j.rse.2016.07.004
McDonald, E. V., Bacon, S. N., Bassett, S., Amit, R., Enzel, Y., Minor, T. B., McGwire, K. C., Crouvi, O., Nahmias, Y. (2016). Integrated Terrain Forecasting for Military Operations in Deserts: Geologic Basis for Rapid Predictive Mapping of Soils and Terrain Features, Eds. McDonald, E. V., Bullard, T. F., In Military Geosciences and Desert Warfare, Past Lessons and Modern Challenges, 353-375, Springer: New York, NY
Sigl, M., Fudge, T. J., Winstrup, M., Cole-Dai, J., Ferris, D., McConnell, J. R., Taylor, K. C., Welten, K. C., Woodruff, T. E., Adolphi, F., Bisiaux, M. M., Brook, E. J., Caffee, M. W., Dunbar, N. W., Edwards, R., Geng, L., Iverson, N., Koffman, B., Layman, L. R., Maselli, O. J., McGwire, K. C., Muscheler, R., Nishiizumi, K., Pasteris, D. R., Rhodes, R. H., Sowers, T. A. (2016). The WAIS Divide Deep Ice Core WD2014 Chronology Ė Part 2: Annual-Layer Counting (0-31?ka?BP), Clim. Past, 12, 769-786, doi: 10.5194/cp-12-769-2016

2015

Cadaret, E., McGwire, K. C., Blank, R., Saito, L., Weltz, M. (2015). Preliminary Results for Calculating Salinity and Sediment Loading for Runoff in the Upper Colorado River Basin, 10th Federal Interagency Sedimentation Conference: Reno, NV, April 19, 2015-April 23, 2015
Cadaret, E., McGwire, K. C., Blank, R., Saito, L., Weltz, M. (2015). Vegetation canopy cover effects on sediment and salt loading in the upper Colorado river basin Mancos shale, Price and Ferron, Utah, UCOWR/NIWR/CUAHSI Conference: Las Vegas, NV, June 16, 2015-June 18, 2015
Huntington, J. L., Morton, C. G., McGwire, K. C., Bromley, M., Peterson, S., Carroll, R. W., Hegewisch, K., Daudert, B., McEvoy, D. J., Allen, R., Abatzoglou, J. T., Melton, F., Vansant, D. S., Niswonger, R., Erickson, T., Snyder, K. (2015). Monitoring Perennial Yield, Groundwater Discharge, and ET from Irrigated Agriculture with the Landsat Archive, (Invited) International Workshop on Evapotranspiration Mapping for Water Security: World Bank, Washington D.C., September 15, 2015-September 15, 2015
Huntington, J. L., Morton, C. G., McGwire, K. C., Hegewisch, K., Daudert, B., Abatzoglou, J. T., McEvoy, D. J., Vansant, D. S., Niswonter, R., Peterson, S. (2015). Quantifying Groundwater Dependent Ecosystem Changes Associated with Water Availability and Management in Arid Environments using the Landsat Archive, Landsat Science Team Meeting: Sioux Falls, South Dakota, July 7, 2015-July 9, 2015
Huntington, J. L., Morton, C. G., McGwire, K. C., McEvoy, D. J., Niswonger, R., Peterson, S. (2015). Groundwater Appropriation, Groundwater Dependent Ecosystems, and 3M Plans in the Great Basin, (Invited) Great Basin Consortium: Boise, Idaho, February 17, 2015-February 19, 2015
McGwire, K. C., Huntington, J. L., Morton, C. G., Peterson, S., Schade, M. (2015). The BLM Riparian Toolbar: An ArcMap Plugin for Regional Analysis of Vegetation Response, Great Basin Consortium Conference, Boise State University: Boise, Idaho, February 17, 2015-February 19, 2015
Nouwakpo, S., McGwire, K. C., Weltz, M. (2015). Performance of Photogrammetry and Lidar at Reconstructing Soil Surface Microtopography of Naturally Vegetated Plots, Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, 41, (3), 308-322, doi: 10.1002/esp.3787
Nouwakpo, S., McGwire, K. C., Weltz, M. (2015). Performance of photogrammetry and lidar at reconstructing soil surface microtopography of naturally vegetated plots, Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, doi: 10.1002/esp.3787
Sigl, M., McConnell, J. R., Winstrup, M., Fudge, T., Cole-Dai, J., Ferris, D., Taylor, K. C., Buizert, C., Rhodes, R., McGwire, K. C., Welten, K., Woodruff, T., Dunbar, N., Iverson, N., Maselli, O. J., Pasteris, D. R., Muscheler, R. (2015). WD2014: A new reference chronology for ice cores from Antarctica?, Geophysical Research Abstracts, 17, (EGU2015-2782-1), EGU General Assembly 2015: Vienna, Austria, April 12, 2015-April 17, 2015
Stevens, A. D., Fitzgerald, B. C., Heyvaert, A. C., McGwire, K. C., Chandra, S., Susfalk, R. B. (2015). Evaluation Of Nearshore Water Clarity Conditions At Lake Tahoe, 2015 Tahoe Science Conference, September 21, 2015-September 23, 2015
WAIS-Divide Project Members, Buizert, C., Brook, E. J., McConnell, J. R., Taylor, K. C., McGwire, K. C. (2015). Precise interpolar phasing of abrupt climate change during the last ice age, Nature, 520, (7549), 661-665, doi: 10.1038/nature14401
Watts, A. C., Fenstermaker, L.F., McGwire, K. C., Wilcox, E.M., Brown, T. J. (2015). Fire and UAS projects at the Desert Research Institute, Presentation at University of British Columbia: Okanagon, June 18, 2015

2014

Fenstermaker, L.F., McGwire, K. C., Wilcox, E.M., Tilley, J. S., Watts, A. C., Baker, J. L., Huntington, J. L. (2014). UAS environmental research, Invited talk, Nevada Governors Conference on Small Business: Las Vegas, NV, September 19, 2014
Huntington, J. L., Morton, C. G., McGwire, K. C., Allen, R., Gorelick, N., Thau, D., Joros, A. N. (2014). Monitoring Groundwater Dependent Ecosystems in the Great Basin from Space and Clouds, American Water Resources Association Summer Specialty Conference: Reno, NV, May 31, 0014-July 2, 2014
Huntington, J. L., Morton, C. G., McGwire, K. C., Joros, A. N., Peterson, S., Gorelick, N., Thau, D., Allen, R. (2014). Cloud Computing of Landsat Imagery and Gridded Weather Data for Evaluating Groundwater Dependent Ecosystems in Nevada, Nevada Water Resources Association Annual Conference: Las Vegas, NV, February 2, 2014-February 2, 2014
McConnell, J. R., Dunbar, N. W., Köhler, P., Thomas, J. L., Chellman, N. J., Layman, L. R., Maselli, O. J., Pasteris, D. R., Sigl, M., Adkins, J. J., Baggenstos, D., Brook, E. J., Buizert, C., Burke, A., Cole-Dai, J., Fleet, L. G., Fudge, T. J., Knorr, G., Grieman, M., Marcott, S. A., McGwire, K. C., Mulvaney, R., Paris, G., Rhodes, R., Saltzman, E. S., Severinghaus, J. P., Steffensen, J. P., Taylor, K. C., Winckler, G. (2014). Accelerated deglaciation linked to volcanic eruptions 17.8k years ago, WAIS Divide Science Meeting: La Jolla, September 22, 2014-September 24, 2014
Nouwakpo, S., Weltz, M., McGwire, K. C., Rossi, C. (2014). Estimating flow concentration and sediment redistribution in shrub-dominated rangeland communities, AGU Fall metting: San Francisco, CA, December 14, 2014-December 18, 2014
Sigl, M., Cole‐Dai, J., Ferris, D., Fudge, T. J., McConnell, J. R., Welten, K., Winstrup, M., Woodruff, T. E., Brook, E. J., Buizert, C., Dunbar, N., Iverson, N., Koffman, B., Maselli, O. J., McGwire, K. C., Muscheler, R., Pasteris, D. R., Sowers, T. A., Taylor, K. C. (2014). The WAIS Divide deep ice core WD2014 chronology: 1. Annual layer counting (0-31 ka BP), WAIS Divide Science Meeting: La Jolla, September 22, 2014-September 24, 2014

2013

Fudge, T. J., Steig, E. J., Markle, B. R., Schoenemann, S. W., Ding, Q., Taylor, K. C., McConnell, J. R., Brook, E. J., Sowers, T., White, J. W., Alley, R. B., Cheng, H., Clow, G. D., Cole-Dai, J., Conway, H., Cuffey, K. M., Edwards, J. S., Edwards, R. L., Edwards, R., Fegyveresi, J. M., Ferris, D., Fitzpatrick, J. J., Johnson, J., Hargreaves, G., Lee, J. E., Maselli, O. J., Mason, W., McGwire, K. C., Mitchell, L. E., Mortensen, N., Neff, P., Orsi, A. J. (2013). Onset of deglacial warming in West Antarctica driven by local orbital forcing, Nature, 500, (7463), 440-444, Doi:10.1038/nature12376
Huntington, J. L., Morton, C. G., McGwire, K. C., Joros, A. N., Peterson, S., Gorelick, N., Thau, D., Allen, R. (2013). Utilizing Cloud Computing of Landsat Imagery and Gridded Weather Data for Evaluating Groundwater Dependent Ecosystems in Nevada
Huntington, J. L., Pohll, G. M., Morton, C. G., McGwire, K. C., Bassett, S., Allen, R. (2013). Assessing Calibration Uncertainty and Automation for Estimating Evapotranspiration from Agricultural Areas Using METRIC, Journal of the American Water Resources Association, doi: 10.1111/jawr.12054
Sigl, M., Maselli, O. J., McGwire, K. C., Pasteris, D. R., Dahl-Jensen, D., Steffensen, J. P., Edwards, R., Mulvaney, R., Layman, L. R., McConnell, J. R. (2013). A New Bipolar Ice Core Record of Volcanism from WAIS Divide and NEEM and Implications for Climate Forcing of the Last 2000 Years, Journal of Geophysical Research, 118, (3), 1151-1169, doi: 10.1029/2012JD018603
Sigl, M., McConnell, J. R., Layman, L. R., Maselli, O. J., McGwire, K. C., Pasteris, D. R., Dahl-Jensen, D., Steffensen, J. P., Vinther, B., Edwards, R., Mulvaney, R., Kipfstuhl, S. (2013). A new bipolar ice core record of volcanism from WAIS Divide and NEEM and implications for climate forcing of the last 2,000 years, Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres, 118, 1-19

2012

Fudge, T. J., Bay, R., Brook, E., Buizert, C., Clow, G., Cole-Dai, J., Conway, H., Cuffey, K., Dunbar, N., Ferris, D., McConnell, J. R., McGwire, K. C., Severinghaus, J., Rhodes, R., Sigl, M., Sowers, T., Steig, E., Taylor, K. C., Vaughn, B., Waddington, E., White, J. (2012). Annual resolution and small delta age: a high precision timescale from WAIS Divide, Open Science Meeting: Giens, France
Maselli, O. J., McGwire, K. C., Sigl, M., Bigler, M., Dahl-Jensen, D., Edwards, R., Flanner, M., Fudge, T. J., Lamarque, J. F., Schuepbach, S., Vallelonga, P., McConnell, J. R., Layman, L. R. (2012). Black carbon concentrations and fluxes since the Last Glacial Maximum in the WAIS Divide and NEEM ice cores, Open Science Meeting: Giens, France
Sigl, M., Baggenstos, D., Fritzsche, D., Dahl-Jensen, D., Das, S. B., Kreutz, K. J., Maselli, O. J., McGwire, K. C., Nolan, M., Opel, T., Severinghaus, J. P., Steffensen, J. P., McConnell, J. R. (2012). Black carbon concentrations and fluxes since the Last Glacial Maximum in Greenland and Antarctic ice cores, Eos Trans. AGU, Fall Meet. Suppl., Abstract C54B-05 (Invited): San Francisco
Sigl, M., Maselli, O. J., Pasteris, D. R., McGwire, K. C., Isaksson, E., Anschuetz, H., Dahl-Jensen, D., Steffensen, J. P., Edwards, R., Layman, L. R., McConnell, J. R. (2012). A Bipolar Ice Core Record of Volcanism and Implications for Climate Forcing, Open Science Meeting: Giens, France
Snyder, K. A., Scott, R. L., McGwire, K. C. (2012). Multiple year effects of a biological control agent (Diorhabda carinulata) on Tamarix (saltcedar) ecosystem exchanges of carbon dioxide and water, 164, 161-169, doi: 10.1016/j.agrformet.2012.03.004 Agriculture and Forest Meteorology

2011

McGwire, K. C., Minor, T. B., Schultz, B.W. (2011). Progressive Discrimination: An Automatic Method for Mapping Individual Targets in Hyperspectral Imagery, IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, 49, (7), 2674-2685, doi: 10.1109/TGRS.2011.2108304

2010

Lee, B., McGwire, K. C., Fritsen, C. H. (2010). Identification and quantification of aquatic vegetation with hyperspectral remote sensing in western Nevada rivers, USA, International Journal of Remote Sensing, 32, (24), 9093-9117, doi: 10.1080/01431161.2010.549850

2008

McGwire, K. C., Alley, R. B., Banta, J. R., Hargreaves, G. M., McConnell, J. R., Taylor, K. C. (2008). Dating annual layers of a shallow Antarctic Ice core with an optical scanner, Journal of Glaciology, 54, 831-838
McGwire, K. C., Hargreaves, G. M., Alley, R. B., Popp, T. J., Reusch, D. B., Spencer, M. K., Taylor, K. C. (2008). An integrated system for optical imaging of ice cores, Cold Regions Science and Technology, 53, (2), 216-228

2007

Garner, C. B., McGwire, K. C. (2007). Modeling the Effect of Riparian Shading on Water temperature for portions of the Carson River, Western Nevada, and USA
Garner, C. B., McGwire, K. C. (2007). Modeling the Effect of Riparian Shading on Water Temperature for Portions of the Carson River, Western Nevada, USA, ASLO Spring Meeting 2007: Santa Fe, NM
McGwire, K. C., Boone, J. D., St. Jeor, S. C. (2007). Field Sampling Design for Zoonoses with Geospatial Technologies, Sociedad Especialistas Latinoamericana en Percepcion Remota
McGwire, K. C., Garner, C. B. (2007). Comparing Effective Shade and Water Temperature on the Carson River

2006

McGwire, K. C., Segura, E. L., Scavuzzo, M., Gomez, A., Lamfri, M. (2006). Spatial Pattern of Reinfestation by Triatoma infestans in Chancani, Argentina, Journal of Vector Ecology, 31, (1)

2005

Boone, J. D., McGwire, K. C., St. Jeor, S. C. (2005). Mapping the Distribution and Sin Nombre Virus Infections in Deer Mice Using Remote Sensing and Geographic Information Systems, In Wildlife Diseases: Landscape Epidemiology, Spatial Distribution, and Utilization of Remote Sensing Technology, 448-458, Pennsylvania Academy of Science

2004

Fairbanks, D., McGwire, K. C. (2004). Patterns of Floristic Richness and Diversity in Vegetation Communities of California: Regional Scale Analysis with Multi-temporal NDVI, Global Ecology and Biogeography, 13, 221-235

2000

Boone, J. D., McGwire, K. C., Otteson, E., Villard, P., Rowe, J., St. Jeor, S. C. (2000). GIS-based assessment of relationships between environment and hantavirus prevalence in rodents, Emerging Infectious Diseases, 6, (3), 48-258
Fairbanks, D., McGwire, K. C. (2000). Coarse-scale gradient analysis of environmental factors in relation to plant species diversity for vegetation communities of California, Geographic Information Sciences, 6, (1), 48-60, doi: 10.1080/10824000009480533
McGwire, K. C., Minor, T. B., Fenstermaker, L.F. (2000). Hyperspectral Mixture Modeling for Quantifying Sparse Vegetation Cover in Arid Environments, Remote Sensing of Environment, 72, (3), 360-374, doi: 10.1016/S0034-4257(99)00112-1

1999

Husak, G., Hadley, B., McGwire, K. C. (1999). Registration Accuracy of High-Resolution Satellite Data Used in the IGBP Validation, Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing, 65, (9), 1033-1039

1998

Boone, J. D., Otteson, E., Villard, P., McGwire, K. C., Rowe, J., St. Jeor, S. C. (1998). Ecology and demography of hantavirus infections in rodent populations in the Walker River Basin of Nevada and California, American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, 59, (3), 445-451
McGwire, K. C. (1998). Mosaicking airborne scanner data with the multiquadric rectification technique, Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing, 64, (6), 601-606
McGwire, K. C. (1998). Improving Landsat Scene Selection Systems, Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing, 64, (7), 717-722

1996

Frohn, R., Estes, J., Dale, V., McGwire, K. C. (1996). Using satellite remote sensing analysis to evaluate a socioeconomic and ecological model of land-use change in Rond, 17, (16), 3233-3255, International Journal of Remote Sensing

1991

Lunetta, R. S., Congalton, R. G., Fenstermaker, L.F., Jensen, J. R., McGwire, K. C., Tinney, L. R. (1991). Remote Sensing and Geographic Information System Data Integration: Error Sources and Research Issues, Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing, 57, (6), 677-687

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