Stuart is a Professor in the School of Natural Resources and Environment. Stuart also holds an adjunct faculty appointment with the School of Geography, Development and Environment. He is currently involved in a broad range of research designed to assess surface environmental conditions utilizing advanced remote sensing and geographic information system technologies. These research efforts have attempted to enhance our abilities to employ these technologies to address the impacts of land use and land cover change and environmental degradation, particularly in the arid and semi-arid lands of the world.
Active research projects have focused on 1) discrimination of invaded and native species sites using multitemporal remote sensing, 2) understanding anthropogenic impacts when estimating biomass in semi-arid environments, 3) estimating the impacts of grazing and fuel-wood management on soil-carbon, 4) biophysical characterization and management effects on semi-arid rangelands using Landsat satellite data, 4) evaluating post-wildfire vegetation patterns, and 5) characterizing the spatial structure of endangered species habitat using geostatistical analysis.