I am currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Maryland, College Park, in the Department of Geographical Sciences. As a researcher, I am focused on increasing our understanding of forest structure and dynamics. Earth’s forests are increasingly threatened by climate related disturbance and population growth. Forest conservation is essential for climate change mitigation and biodiversity preservation, and my research agenda is based on providing policy-relevant outcomes.
I use novel remote sensing technologies and methods to further our understanding of forest carbon stock and flux, their drivers and spatio-temporal dynamics. I have worked primarily with LiDAR remote sensing, although also have experience with Landsat, Landsat disturbance products, MODIS, and high-resolution optical datasets. I focus on developing and applying techniques that are non-site specific or ecosystem-specific, and am currently engaged on the GEDI science team to help lead the development of empirical biomass equations for GEDI. I also serve on NASA’s Carbon Monitoring System’s Science team and as a co-lead of CEOS’s Land Product Validation Biomass sub-group to work toward a consistent international protocol for global biomass product calibration and validation.
I have traveled or worked in forests in British Columbia, Yukon Territory, Ontario, California, Eastern United States, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Gabon and Peru. I am particularly interested in high relief forests and high biomass forests, as these are often the most challenging but ecologically significant / carbon rich forest ecosystems.