Tatiana Loboda is a Professor in the Department of Geographical Sciences at the University of Maryland, College Park.  She received her B.A. degree in 1995 from the Moscow Pedagogical State University (Moscow, Russia), and her M.A. (2004) and Ph.D. (2008) degrees from the University of Maryland, College Park. Tatiana’s research interests include wildland fire, biodiversity, climate change, public health and their interactions with other human and physical factors on the landscape. 

Her work incorporates satellite observations of land surface conditions and change to study a variety of science questions ranging from impacts of wildfire on ecosystems and climate to assessing the impacts of conservation policies on poor rural communities to forecasting malaria outbreaks in the tropics. Geographically, her research is mostly focused on boreal forest and tundra biomes, although she has also been involved in studies of temperate and tropical ecosystems.

Dr. Loboda has been an investigator on numerous NASA projects funded by the Terrestrial Ecology (TE), Interdisciplinary Science (IDS), and Land Cover and Land Use (LCLUC) programs. In 2015 she became a Principal Investigator (PI) for the NASA Arctic-Boreal Vulnerability Experiment (ABoVE) - a major field campaign aimed at developing a better understanding of the vulnerability and resilience of High Northern Latitude ecosystems and society to a rapidly changing environment.  

In parallel, since 2014 she has focused on bridging disciplinary gaps with medical researchers to bring cutting edge remote sensing capabilities into monitoring and forecasting malaria outbreaks in South-East Asia. In 2017 she received a prestigious International Centers of Excellence for Malaria Research (ICEMR) NIH grant as part of a multi-institutional interdisciplinary team of researchers to establish a regional Center of Excellence in Myanmar where she will support the global malaria elimination agenda and build regional capacity in satellite monitoring and remote sensing applications.  

In 2018, Dr. Loboda was named among "Women Leaders in Fire Science" by the Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute.

Areas of Interest

  • Multi-scale impacts of socio-economic and environmental factors on wildland fire occurrence and its characteristics
  • Impacts of land use and land cover change on human health
  • Impact of climate change on arctic ecosystems: implications for the indigenous people and area’s biodiversity


  • Degree Type
    Degree Details
    Geography/English, Moscow Pedagogical State University, Moscow Russia, 1995
  • Degree Type
    Degree Details
    Geography, University of Maryland, College Park MD, 2008
  • Degree Type
    Degree Details
    Geography, University of Maryland, College Park MD, 2004
Course Name Course Title Semester Syllabus
GEOG671 Remote Sensing Instruments and Observations Fall 2017 Syllabus
GEOG271 Introduction to Earth Observation Science Spring 2015
GEOG671 Remote Sensing Instruments and Observations Fall 2015 Syllabus
GEOG472 Remote Sensing: Digital Processing and Analysis Fall 2014 Syllabus
  • Associate Editor for the International Journal of Wildland Fire

Current Students

Former Students

  • Alexandra Cockerham
    Intern at the University Maryland School of Medicine
  • Rachel Marks
  • Joanne Hall
    Postdoctoral Researcher (UMD)
  • Dong Chen
    Postdoctoral Researcher (UMD)
  • Mark Carroll

Related Students (Listed by Student on Student's Profile)

  • Allison Bredder
  • Jordan A. Caraballo-Vega
  • Walid Ouaret
Tatiana Loboda
2181 LeFrak Hall
Department of Geographical Sciences
loboda [at] umd.edu