Conflict Ecology is a geospatial research lab led by Jamon Van Den Hoek, Assistant Professor of Geography at Oregon State University.

The Conflict Ecology lab examines the intersections between geospatial big data, environmental change, and power in humanitarian and conflict settings. We research (i) short- and long-term land cover changes resulting from armed conflict and forced displacement, (ii) the place-based mechanisms linking peace and conflict processes to environmental change, and (iii) consequences of geospatial abstraction and representation on vulnerable landscapes and people. These themes shape a graduate collaborative geospatial research course, The Geography of Survival, offered in Winter terms at Oregon State University.

We use theoretical frameworks from land use science, landscape ecology, and political ecology, and develop techniques involving large volume geospatial and satellite image data processing, geospatial modeling, spatial statistics, and machine learning. We collaborate with academics, humanitarian agencies, think tanks, and NGOs. Our work has been published in a diverse group of academic journals and research reports, and has been funded by NASA Applied Sciences, NASA Land-Cover and Land-Use Change, the National Science Foundation, the United States Institute of Peace, and the National Geographic Society's Committee for Research and Exploration, among others.