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Magaly Koch
Lecturer, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Research Associate Professor, Center for Remote Sensing, Boston University

Education

1993 Ph.D. in Geology, Boston University
1987 Diploma in Groundwater Hydrology, Polytechnic University of Catalonia, Barcelona, Spain
1986 M.Sc. in Geology, University of Cologne, Germany

Research Interests

Remote Sensing and Geographic Information Systems as applied to:

  • Groundwater resources (in arid/semiarid lands)
  • Land degradation in semiarid and tropical environments
  • Natural hazards (flash floods)
  • Human impact in environmental change

Short Biography

Dr. Magaly Koch is a geologist specializing in the application of Remote Sensing and Geographic Information Systems in the study of groundwater resources and environmental change of arid lands. She has conducted research on the: (i) estimation of the ground water potential in Sudan (Darfur and Red Sea Hills), Oman, Egypt and United Arab Emirates, (ii) evaluation of the geomorphic effects of the Gulf War in Kuwait using pre- and post-war satellite images, (iii) characterization of wetland degradation processes in Spain, (iv) assessment of flash flood potential of ephemeral rivers (wadis) in Egypt, Oman, and United Arab Emirates, and (v) the use of remote sensing in archaeological exploration (Maya region in Guatemala and Axumite kingdom in northern Ethiopia). She is currently leading a cooperative research project between the United States and Egypt concerning the exploration of natural resources for land use planning and development in the Western Desert of Egypt.

In recent years, she has become interested in studying the relationship between land cover/use changes, hydrology and infectious diseases. She has applied her expertise in geospatial technology in a recent project that examined the role of intensive maize cultivation in epidemic and endemic malaria in the Jimma region of southwestern Ethiopia.

Memberships

  • IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society, USA
  • American Geophysical Union (AGU)
  • The Geological Society of America
  • The American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing
  • Marie Curie Fellowship Association (MCFA), European Commission
  • The Remote Sensing Society, UK

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Professional Positions

  • 2014-2015 Fulbright Lecturer/Researcher, Center for Northeast Asian Studies, Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan
  • 2013-Present Lecturer, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Tufts University
  • 1998-Present Research Associate Professor, Center for Remote Sensing, Boston University
  • 2011-2012 Lecturer, Department of Urban & Environmental Policy & Planning, Tufts University
  • 2012 Visiting Professor, Center for Northeast Asian Studies, Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan
  • 2011 Lecturer, Department of Geography & Environment, Boston University
  • 2000-2001, 2008 Visiting Professor and Lecturer, Department of Geology and Geochemistry, Autonomous University of Madrid, Spain
  • 1999-2007 Lecturer, Department of Archeology, Boston University
  • 1996-1998 European Community Marie Curie Research Fellow, Remote Sensing Unit, Earth Sciences Institute, CSIC, Barcelona, Spain
  • 1993-1996 Research Associate, Center for Remote Sensing, Boston University