I am a geographer with research experience mapping and modelling ecosystems. I have spent the last 10 years on a partial research sabbatical, consulting on the British Columbia coast in the fields of land and marine use planning and Geographic Information Systems training. During this time I have developed the spatial decision-support information system for First Nations’ Stewardship offices called Cedar Box Apps.

Teaching philosophy

I teach practical courses that emphasize experiential learning, cultural sensitivity, ecosystems knowledge and community knowledge mobilization. My courses are technical and can demand rapid tool learning by students. Please see my Teaching page for an introduction to my teaching initiatives and philosophy.

Research interests

My research interests are:

  • Map-enabled apps for community knowledge mobilization
  • Critical analysis of natural resources management tools and methodologies in indigenous governance contexts
  • Geographic Information Systems capacity tools development using open-source code
  • Machine vision programming (multi-scale segmentation / object relationship modelling) for natural systems monitoring, with an emphasis on wetlands and temperate forest ecosystems


According to Google Scholar, as of 10/2016, I have written 30 publications that have been cited 1131 times. Review my full Curriculum vitae.

Linkedin: https://ca.linkedin.com/in/cburnett