Prof. Yuhong He

Professor and ChairDepartment of Geography, Geomatics and Environment, University of Toronto Mississauga
Graduate Faculty MemberGraduate Department of Geography and Planning, University of Toronto (tri-campus)
Graduate Faculty MemberSchool of the Environment, University of Toronto
Graduate Faculty MemberGraduate Department of Physical & Environmental Sciences, University of Toronto Scarborough
Cross-Appointed Faculty Member, Institute for Management & Innovation, University of Toronto Mississauga
Member, Center for Global Change Science, University of Toronto
MemberCentre for Urban Environments, University of Toronto Mississauga


Dr. Yuhong He is a Professor and Department Chair (2018-2023) in the Department of Geography, Geomatics and Environment at the University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM). She received her Ph.D. in geography from the University of Saskatchewan in 2008 and joined UTM in 2009. Her research focuses on investigating changes that have occurred in natural (grasslands, forests, wetlands) or managed (farmlands and urban) systems using remote sensing, machine learning, and ecosystem modeling. She has mobilized multidisciplinary researchers and collaborated with cross-sectoral practitioners for the common goals of understanding how human activities and global changes affect environments and discovering how to make our natural/built environments healthier, more resilient, and adaptable. Her work has been supported by major grants from various internal and external sources, including NSERC, CFI, ERA, CSA, et al. Her innovative research at the start of her career has been recognized. She received the Early Researcher Award of Ontario in 2015 and was awarded the Early Career Scholar Award from the Remote Sensing Specialty Group at the AAG 2011 annual meeting. Dr. Yuhong He has published more than 80 peer-reviewed journal articles and presented over 100 papers at national and international conferences. In 2018, Dr. He co-edited a book entitled High Spatial Resolution Remote Sensing: Data, Techniques, and Applications (CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group). Dr. Yuhong He has served as an associate editor for the ISPRS Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (2022 to 2024), and the Journal of Applied Remote Sensing from 2016-2019. She has also served as an editorial advisory board member of the ISPRS Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, Environment Management, and the International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation. Dr. He currently serves as Director in the Canadian Remote Sensing Society, and her past service included as Director of Remote Sensing Specialty Group in AAG (2012-2014), and Associate Chair, Academic and GIS program advisor in Geography at UTM. Dr. He has extensive interdisciplinary research collaborations, and her research partners are seen from local conservation authorities (e.g., Credit Valley Conservation), federal government organizations (e.g., AAFC, Environment Canada, and Parks Canada), and private companies. Dr. He's former students have successfully gone on to remote sensing careers in academics, government, and industry.  


2018 - 2023 - Department Chair, Department of Geography, University of Toronto Mississauga
2022 - 2023 - Desmond Morton Research Excellence Award, University of Toronto Mississauga
2022 - 2024 - 
Associate Editor, ISPRS Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing
​2021 - 2023 - Director, Canadian Remote Sensing Society
2021 - 2023 - Editorial Board Member, International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation
2020 - 2025 - Editorial Board memberEnvironment Management 
2019 - 2021 - Editorial Advisory Board member, ISPRS Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing
2011, 2013-​2022 - Dean’s special merit award for excellence, University of Toronto Mississauga
2017 - The E. A. Robinson Teaching Excellence Award, University of Toronto Mississauga
2016-2019 -
Associate EditorJournal of Applied Remote Sensing
2016-2019 - 
Editorial Advisory Board member, ISPRS Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing
2015 - Early researcher award, Ministry of Research and Innovation - Ontario
2012 - Director of Remote Sensing Specialty Group (2012-2014), AAG
2011 - Early career award, Remote Sensing Specialty Group, AAG 2012 annual meeting
2007 - Chinese government award for outstanding students abroad, China Scholarship Council
2006 - Second best presentation award, Soil and Crop 2006 Conference, Saskatoon
2005 - Paul Simpson-Housley/CAG student award, 2005 PCAG Annual Meetings
2005 - J.H. Richards graduate award for the most outstanding 1st-year graduate student, University of Saskatchewan