Colin N. Brooks

Colin N. Brooks


  • 734-913-6858
  • Cell: 734-604-4196
  • Michigan Tech Research Institute, Ann Arbor, MI
  • Adjunct Instructor, Biological Sciences
  • Transportation and UAS Program Leader, MTRI: Michigan Tech Research Institute
  • MEM (Master of Environmental Management), Duke University
  • BS, Lenoir-Rhyne College


I have over 25 years of experience in the application of remote sensing and GIS technologies to solving diverse problems in environmental assessment, transportation applications, changing ecosystems, agricultural areas, geohazard sites, and invasive species mapping. I've recently been focusing on developing, demonstrating, and deploying the capabilities of unmanned aerial systems (UAS) for rapid, effective, safe, and timely collection of critical data with optical, thermal, and LiDAR sensors for integration into sponsor work flows. I have a strong interest in integrating geospatial analysis results into decision support systems both environmental and transportation-related analysis. My PhD work has focused on analyzing multispectral imagery to map and monitor invasive aquatic plants. My transportation research has focused on analyzing road and bridge condition using multi-source, multi-temporal remote sensing data, including UAS-enabled data collections.

Research Interests

  • Aquatic Ecology
  • Landscape Ecology
  • Invasive species mapping
  • Submerged aquatic vegetation monitoring
  • Applications of unmanned aerial systems
  • Assessment of transportation infrastructure condition using remote sensing
  • Automated road and bridge condition analysis
  • Multispectral sensing
  • 3D data creation and analysis
  • GIS and remote sensing
  • Development and deployment of decision support systems
  • Land cover change mapping and monitoring