Sustainability Science, Remote Sensing, Environmental Change, Landscape Ecology, Land System Science, Spatial Modeling
My research aims to identify, understand and anticipate changes in landscapes and the consequences of such changes for people’s well-being and nature conservation. I do this through a combination of remote sensing and prediction modeling, among others. With my work, I aim to produce knowledge that can facilitate transitions towards sustainability.
My research includes 1) the characterization of commodity agricultural expansion and its influence on socio-environmental processes 2) the understanding of social and biophysical drivers of environmental hazards in urban and rural landscapes such as the proliferation of fires and the spread of infectious disease vectors and 3) the contribution of remote sensing to produce knowledge relevant for decision-making.
I have a master’s degree in Geographic Information Science from Clark University and a Ph.D. in Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Biology from Columbia University.
Wiese D†, Escalante A, Murphy H, Henry K, Gutierrez-Velez, VH***. 2019. Integrating environmental and neighborhood factors in MaxEnt modeling to predict species distributions: A case study of Aedes albopictus in southeastern Pennsylvania. PLOS ONE. 14(10): e0223821. ***Senior Author (FLAE norm) †advisee
Glinskis E†, Gutierrez-Velez VH. 2019 Quantifying and understanding carbon emissions from land cover changes between large and small oil palm expansion regimes in the Peruvian Amazon. Land Use Policy. 80: 95-106. †advisee
Bolivar, J. M., V. H. Gutierrez-Velez, and C. A. Sierra. 2018. Carbon stocks in aboveground biomass for Colombian mangroves with associated uncertainties. Regional Studies in Marine Science18:145-155.
Schwartz NB, Uriarte M, DeFries R, Bedka K., Fernandes K., Gutierrez-Velez V., Pinedo-Vásquez M. 2017. Fragmentation increases wind disturbance impacts on forest structure and carbon stocks in a western Amazonian landscape". Ecological applications. 27: 1901–1915.
Schwartz, NB, Uriarte, M, DeFries., Gutierrez-Velez, V., Pinedo-Vásquez, M. 2017. Land-use dynamics influence estimates of carbon sequestration potential in tropical second-growth forest. Environmental Research Letters 12(7).
Sierra CA, Mahecha M, Poveda G, Álvarez-Dávila E, Gutierrez-Velez VH, Reu B, Feilhauer H, Anáya J, Armenteras D, Benavides AM, Buendia C, Duque Á, Estupiñan-Suarez LM, González C, Gonzalez-Caro S, Jimenez R, Kraemer G, Londoño MC, Orrego S.A, Posada JM, Ruiz-Carrascal D, Skowronek S. 2017. Monitoring ecological change during rapid socio-economic and political transitions: Colombian ecosystems in
the post-conflict era. Environmental Science & Policy76:40-49.
Fernandes, K, Verchot, L., Baethgen, W, Gutierrez-Velez, V, Pinedo-Vasquez, M. Martius, C. 2017. Heightened fire probability in Indonesia in non-drought conditions: the effect of increasing temperatures. Environmental research letters. 12(5): 054002
Hergoualc’h K, Gutierrez-Velez VH, Menton M, Verchot LV. 2017. Characterizing peat palm forest degradation in the Peruvian Amazon from space and on the ground: An exploratory study in the Peruvian Amazon. Forest Ecology and Management. 393: 63-73
Baptiste B, Pinedo-Vasquez M, Gutierrez-Velez V, Andrade GI, Vieira P, Ming Lee T, Estupiñán L. 2017. Greening Peace in Colombia. Nature Ecology and Evolution. 2: 0102.
Schwartz NB, Uriarte M, Gutierrez-Velez VH, Baethgen W, DeFries R, Fernandes K, Pinedo-Vasquez M. 2015. Climate, landowner residency, and land cover predict local scale fire activity in the Western Amazon. Global Environmental Change. 31: 144-153.
Gutierrez-Velez VH, Uriarte M, DeFries RS, Pinedo‐Vasquez M, Fernandes K, Ceccato P, K, Baethgen WE, & Padoch C. 2014. Land cover change interacts with drought severity to change fire regimes in Western Amazonia. Ecological Applications. 24: 1323-1340.
Meyfroidt P, Carlson KM, Fagan ME, Gutiérrez-Vélez VH, Macedo MN, Curran LM, DeFries RS, Dyer GA, Gibbs HK, Lambin EF, Morton DC, Robiglio V. 2014. Multiple pathways of commodity crop expansion in tropical forest landscapes. Environmental Research Letters. 9. 13.
Gutiérrez-Velez VH, DeFries R. 2013. Annual multi-resolution detection of land cover conversion to oil palm in the Peruvian Amazon. Remote Sensing of Environment. 129: 154-167.
Uriarte M, Pinedo‐Vasquez M, DeFries RS, Fernandes K, Gutierrez-Velez V, Baethgen WE, & Padoch C. 2012. Depopulation of rural landscapes exacerbates fire activity in the Western Amazon. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science (PNAS). 109: 21546-21550.
Gutiérrez-Velez VH & Pontius Jr. RG. 2012. Influence of carbon mapping and land change modelling on the prediction of carbon emissions from deforestation. Environmental Conservation.39: 325-336.
Gutiérrez-Velez VH, DeFries R, Pinedo-Vasquez M, Uriarte, M, Padoch C, Baethgen W, Fernandes K & Lim Y. 2011. High-yield oil palm expansion spares land at the expense of forests in the Peruvian Amazon. Environmental Research Letters. 6. 5pp.