Shrinidhi Ambinakudige

Associate Professor

Geography & GIS

Office: 212 Hilbun Hall


I study human dimensions of global climate change including Himalayan glacier retreat, carbon sequestration and agro-forest ecosystem. As a human and cultural geographer, I study poverty, livelihood vulnerability, and migration in the U.S and in the developing world. I use GIS, remote sensing, ethnography and qualitative research methods in my research.



Ph.D. (2006), Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida.

MSc (1995), University of Agricultural Sciences, Dharwad, India.

BSc (1992), College of Agriculture, University of Agricultural Sciences, Dharwad, India.


Professional Experience

Associate Professor: Department of Geosciences, Mississippi State University, Mississippi State, MS (2012–present)

Assistant Professor: Department of Geosciences, Mississippi State University, Mississippi State, MS (20062012)

Visiting Assistant Professor: Department of Geosciences, University of West Georgia, Carrollton, GA.

GIS Analyst: Florida Resources and Environmental Analysis Center (FREAC), Florida State University, 2002 August to 2005 August

GIS Analyst: Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP), Tallahassee. Summer 2002

Teaching Assistant: Department of Geography, Florida State University, Spring 2002

Research Assistant: Department of Geography, Florida State University, Fall 2001

Inspector: IMO Control Pvt Ltd. Bangalore, India - An Organic Farming Certification Company – May 2001 to July 2001

Research Assistant:  Institute for Social and Economic Change, Bangalore, India - Project on Linking Ecology, Economics and Institutions of Forest Management in the Western Ghats of Karnataka, India Aug 1995 to April 2001




  1. Ambinakudige, S. 2014. Glaciers. In Oxford Bibliographies in Geography. Ed. Barney Warf. New York: Oxford University Press.
  2. Khanal, S., S. Ambinakudige and & J. Rodgers, 2013.  A GIS analysis of the spatial relation between evapotranspiration and pan evaporation in the United States. Water International, iFirst. (On-line)
  3. Rodgers, J.C. III  and Ambinakudige, S, 2012. Distribution Patterns of Invasive Casuarinas (Casuarina equisetifolia L.) Within Beach Environments on San Salvador Island, the Bahamas. Natural Areas Journal. 32(4):386-390. (On-line)
  4. Ambinakudige, S., Parisi, D and Grice, S. 2012, An Analysis of Differential Migration Patterns in the Black Belt and the New South. Southeastern Geographer, 52 (2). (On-line)
  5. Ambinakudige, S. and K. Joshi, 2012. Remote Sensing of Cryosphere, Remote Sensing - Applications, Dr. Boris Escalante (Ed.), ISBN: 978-953-51-0651-7, InTech, Available from: http://www.intechopen.com/books/remote-sensing-applications/remote-sensing-of-cryosphere
  6. Rodgers, J. C. III, A. Owen-Nagel, and S. Ambinakudige., 2012. A Geospatial Online Instruction Model. Review of International Geographical Education Online, 2, 7–24. (On-line)
  7. Ambinakudige, S. 2011. Remote sensing of land cover's effect on surface temperatures : a case study of the urban heat island in Bangalore, India, Applied GIS. 7(1), 1-12. (On-line)
  8. Ambinakudige S, 2011, Book review: in Photogrammetric Engineering & Remote Sensing, 77(6). Geographic Information Science. Author: Narayan Panigrahi. Universities Press (India) Private Ltd., Hyderabad. 2009. xii and 276 pp., diagrams, maps, images, appendix, index. Hardcover. $89.95. ISBN 13-978-1-4398-1004-0. (On-line).
  9. Ambinakudige, S. 2011,  National Parks, coffee and NTFPs: the livelihood capabilities of Adivasis in Kodagu, India. Journal of Political Ecology.18, Pp 1-10. (On-line).
  10. Ambinakudige, S., J. Choi, and S. Khanal. 2011, A comparative analysis of CBERS-2 CCD and Landsat-TM satellite images in vegetation mapping. Revista Brasileira de Cartografia.63, 01. Pp 115-122. (On-line).
  11. Ambinakudige S, and D. Klooster. 2011 (in print). Logging Rights. In Native Peoples Of The World: An Encyclopedia,  Steven L. Danver, editor. Armonk, NY: M.E. Sharpe.
  12. Ambinakudige S, and D. Parisi, 2010, Internal migration effectiveness and income effectiveness in the most populous cities in the United States. Population Review. 49(2). (On-line).
  13. Ambinakudige, S. and S. Khanal, 2010, Assessment of Impacts of Hurricane Katrina on NPP Production in Mississippi. Earth Interactions 14, 1-12. (On-line).
  14. Ambinakudige S. 2010, A Study of the Gangotri glacier retreat in the Himalayas using Landsat Satellite Images. International Journal of Geoinformatics. 6(3).
  15. Ambinakudige, S. 2010. "Rice." Green Food: An A-to-Z Guide. SAGE Publications. (On-line) ISBN: 9781412971874.
  16. Ambinakudige, S. 2010. "Cash Crop." Green Food: An A-to-Z Guide. SAGE Publications. (On-line) ISBN: 9781412971874.
  17. Ambinakudige S, 2009, “The Global Coffee Crisis and Indian Farmers: The Livelihood Vulnerabilities of Smallholders”. Canadian Journal of Development Studies. 28, 3-4. (On-line)
  18. Ambinakudige S, Choi, J. 2009, Global Coffee Market Influence on Land-use and Land-cover Change in the Western Ghats of India. Land Degradation and Development.20, 3: 327-335. (On-line)
  19. Ambinakudige S, 2009, Revisiting “the South” and “Dixie”: Delineating Vernacular Regions using GIS, Southeastern Geographer, 49, 3. (On-line).
  20. Ambinakudige S and Sathish B.N, 2009. “Comparing tree diversity and composition in coffee farms and sacred forests in the Western Ghats of India”. Biodiversity and Conservation, 18, 4 :987-1000. (On-line).
  21. Ambinakudige, S, Choi, J and Sami Khanal, 2009, A comparative Analysis of CBERS and LANDSAT Data. ASPRS 2009, Proceedings, Baltimore, Maryland, March 9-11, 2009. (On-line)
  22. Ambinakudige S, 2008. Book Review in International Journal of Geographical Information Systems. "GIS Fundamentals: A First Text on Geographic Information Systems by PAUL BOLSTAD, second edition, Elder Press, Minneapolis-St. Paul, 2005. 539 pp, tables, figures, maps, and index, $42, soft cover (ISBN 0-9717647-1-9)." 22 (9), 1035-1036. (On-line)
  23. Klooster, Dan and Ambinakudige S, 2007, La importancia mundial del manejo forestal comunitario en México. Capítulo 13 in Los bosques comunitarios de México. Manejo sustentable de paisajes forestales Edited by David Barton Bray, Deborah Barry, and Leticia Merino-Pérez. ISBN: 978-968-817-841-6. (On-line)
  24. Klooster, Dan and S Ambinakudige, 2005, The Global Significance of Community Forestry in Mexico. Chapter 13 in The Community Forests of Mexico Managing for Sustainable Landscapes Edited by David Barton Bray, Leticia Merino-Pérez, and Deborah Barry. ISBN 0-292-70637-5, University of Texas Press. (Book)
  25. Dan Klooster and S Ambinakudige, 2002, Paul Kerkhof. Local Forest Management in the Sahel: Towards a new social contract. SOS Sahel International, UK – London. 2000. Cultural and Political Ecology 40. (On-line)
  26. Shrinidhi .A.S. (S. Ambinakudige) and Lele.S., 2001, Forest Tenure Regimes in Karnataka Western Ghats: A compendium. ISEC, Institute for Social and Economic Change, Bangalore, India.
  27. Parikh Alka, Lele.S, S Ambinakudige  (Srinidhi) and et.al, 1999, Influence of Forest right regimes on Sustainability and Returns from NTFP Harvest: The case of Garcinia gummi-gutta in the Western Ghats of India. Proceedings of National workshop on Joint Forest Management, 25-26 Feb 1999, VIKSAT, SPWD, AKF (I), Gujarat, India
  28. Lele.S, and A.S.Srinidhi (Shrinidhi Ambinakudige) 1998, Indian Forest Policy, Forest Law and Forest Rights Settlement: A serious Match, NLSIU, Bangalore.


Conference/ Seminar Presentations 

  1. S. Ambinakudige, A. Owen, & J. Rodgers. 2011, Teaching geospatial technologies on distance learning: challenges and experiences. AAG meeting at Seattle April 12-15, 2011.
  2. Joshi, K & S. Ambinakudige. 2011, Analysis of Mass Balance Change in the Imja Glacier of Nepal using Remote Sensing Techniques. ASPRS 2011, Madison, Wisconsin. May 1-5, 2011.
  3. Robert Craft & S. Ambinakudige. 2010, Remote Sensing Application to Study the Ice Cap of Mt Agri (Ararat) in Turkey. SEDAAG – Meeting 2010, Birmingham, AL.
  4. Ambinakuidge, S, D, Parisi, and Steven Grice, 2010, Southern Migration Flow at the Turn of the 21st Century: Urban-Rural Differences, SEDAAG – Meeting 2010, Birmingham, AL.
  5. Ambinakuidge, S. Urbanization and Land Surface Temperature: A Spatial Analysis of Urban Heat Island Effect in Bangalore. AAG meeting at Washington D.C. April 13-16, 2010.
  6. Ambinakudige, S  & B. Everitt, 2009, A Markov Chain Model in GIS to Analyze Tornado Occurrences in Mississippi, SEDAAG – Meeting 2009, Knoxville, TN
  7. Ambinakudige, S. Parisi, T. Michael, B. Brian. 2009. Inter-County Migration in the United States: Who’s Gaining, Who’s Losing? 72nd Annual Meeting of the Rural Sociological Society, July 30- August 2, 2009, Madison, Wisconsin.
  8. Ambinakudige, S. 2009, Estimation of Planimetric and Volumetric Changes in the Gangotri Glacier in the Himalayas using Multi-spectral Satellite Images, AAG meeting at Las Vegas, NV, March 22-27, 2009
  9. Ambinakudige, S, C. Jinmu, & S. Khanal. 2009, A Comparative Analysis of CBERS and LANDSAT Data. ASPRS 2009, Baltimore, Maryland, March 9-11, 2009.

  10. Ambinakudige, S. 2008, Revisiting “the South” and Dixie”: A Spatial Pattern Analysis of Vernacular Regions using GIS. Poster Presentation, SEDAAG meeting at Greensborough, NC, Nov 22-25, 2008.

  11.  Ambinakudige, S and S. Khanal. 2008, Can CBERS Satellite Data Bridge the Possible Landsat Data Gap?  AAG meeting at Boston, MA, April 14-20, 2008.

  12. Ambinakudige, S. 2008, An Extended Environmental Entitlement Framework to Study Political Ecology. AAG meeting at Boston, MA, April 14-20, 2008.

  13. Ambinakudige, S. 2007, A Storm in a Coffee Cup: Globalization Of Coffee Market and the Local Livelihoods in India, Second Global Conference On Economic Geography 25-28 June 2007, Beijing International Convention Center, Beijing, China.

  14. Ambinakudige, S. 2007, Integrating Ethnography and Remote Sensing To Study Cultural Landscapes: A Case Study In The Western Ghats Of India. Paper presented at the AAG meeting at San Francisco, April 17-21, 2007

  15. Ambinakudige, S. 2006, An Extended Environmental Entitlement Framework to Study Nature-Society Interactions. Paper presented at the AAG meeting at Chicago, April 7-10, 2006.


Synergetic Activities

·         Association of American Geographers (AAG): Research Grant Committee (2011-2014)

·         Association of American Geographers (AAG ): Student Awards and Scholarships Committee member (2008-2011)

·         Fellow in Geosystems Research Institute at Mississippi State University

·         Member of Faculty Senate, College of Arts and Sciences, Mississippi State University

·        GISP – Certified from GIS Certification Institute

·         Editorial Board of the Journal of Geography and Geology

·         Library representative, Department of Geosciences, Mississippi State University

·         Member of the Program Committee – Southeastern Division of Association of American Geographers (SEDAAG) meeting (2009 & 2010)



GIS Courses

  • GR 3303 and GR 8990 - Survey of Geospatial Technologies

  • GR 4303/6303 Principles of GIS (On campus)

  • GR 4303/6303 Principles of GIS (Distance Learning)

  • GR 4990/6990 Special topic - Geospatial Technologies (Distance Learning)

  • GR 3311 Geospatial Applications


Human / Regional Geography Courses

  • GR 4233/6233 Geography of Asia

  • GR 4253/6253 Geography of Africa

  • GR4990/6990 Geography of Islamic World

  • GR 2013 Cultural Geography


Professional Affiliations

·         Association of American Geographers

·         Sigma Xi

·         American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing

·         Southeastern Division of Association of American Geographers

·         American Geophysical Union

·         American Geographical Society

·         Seven Hills Regional User Group for GIS, Tallahassee

·         Institution of Agricultural Technologists, Bangalore, India






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