Craig Tweedie

Biology Building (Engineering and Sciences Complex)
El Paso Texas, 79968
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Curriculum Vitae



Craig Tweedie
Professor, Biological Sciences - Environmental Science and Engineering - Environmental Science (College of Science) - Border Biomedical Research Center (BBRC) - Center for Environmental Resource Management (CERM) - Cyber-Share
Director, Environmental Science and Engineering Program

In the Systems Ecology Lab, Dr. Tweedie’s team examines how biophysical factors that control the movement of carbon, water, and energy across the land-atmosphere and land-ocean boundary, particularly in extreme environments. He uses novel cyberinfrastructure (UAVs, sensor networks, photogrammetry, LiDAR, remote sensing, GIS, and 3d printing technologies, web mapping robotics, etc.), as well as both discipline-based and interdisciplinary approaches to examine how different ecosystem components function and how they may respond to environmental perturbation. His lab contributes data to national and international networks and use experimental, observational, gradient and retrospective methods. He currently works in the Arctic, the Chihuahuan Desert, and Indonesia and are passionate about coupling life-altering experiences to students working on research projects in the lab. His work has implications for the validation and verification of satellite and other remote sensing data, parameterization of ecosystem models, knowledge of climate change impacts, and ecosystem management and policy development. At UTEP he works with colleagues spanning multiple departments, colleges, centers, and programs. Nationally and internationally he works with multiple research focused institutions, national labs, and non-for profit organizations. His labs is funded by NSF, USAID, BOEM/USFWS and have several industry partners.


  1. Web mapping application development
  2. GIS
  3. Coastal erosion
  4. UAV
  5. Environmental observatories
  6. Sensors
  7. Biogeochemical cycling
  8. Desert ecology
  9. Arctic science
  10. Minority education
  11. Cyberinfrastructure
  12. Remote Sensing
  13. Geographic information systems
  14. Plant ecology


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