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Magaly Koch

Civil and Environmental Engineering

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Magaly Koch

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Phone 617-353-7302
Anderson Hall
200 College Avenue, Medford, MA
geology and hydrology of arid lands, human impact in environmental change, natural hazards

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 is currently leading a cooperative research project between the United States and Egypt concerning the use of space observation for monitoring/analyzing food and water nexus under changing conditions in arid regions. In recent years, she has become interested in studying the relationship between land cover/use changes, hydrology, and infectious diseases. She 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.

Ph.D., Geology, Boston University, 1993
M.Sc., Geology, University of Cologne, 1986
Professional Experience: 

Lecturer, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Tufts School of Engineering

1998-present, 1993-1996:

Center for Remote Sensing, Boston University

  • 2005-present: Research Associate Professor
  • 1998-2005: Research Assistant Professor
  • 1993-1996: Research Associate

Fulbright Lecturer and Researcher, Graduate School of Environmental Studies, Tohoku University


Lecturer, Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning, Tufts University


Visiting Professor, Center for Northeast Asian Studies, Tohoku University


Lecturer, Department of Geography and Environment, Boston University

2008, 2000-2001:

Visiting Professor and Lecturer, Department of Geology and Geochemistry, Autonomous University of Madrid


Lecturer, Department of Archaeology, Boston University


European Community Marie Curie Research Fellow, Remote Sensing Unit, Earth Sciences Institute, CSIC

Professional 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
Teaching/Courses Taught: 
CEE-0194H: Global Environmental Data Sets
CEE-0194A/ENV-0196-2: Introduction to Remote Sensing

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