- Research Scientist
- Master's Degree
- MS, 2006, Resource Conservation, The University of Montana
- Undergraduate Degree
- BA, 1995, Philosophy - Emphasis on Ethics and Public Policy, The University of California Santa Barbara
- Additional Degree
- Teaching Credential Program 1998, Secondary Mathematics, San Francisco State University
My masters project assessed water quality of Flathead Lake using MODIS satellite imagery, GIS analysis and field data collection of water samples. After my masters, I moved to California where I worked for the Carnegie Institution’s Department of Global Ecology at Stanford University. I was a member of the Carnegie Airborne Observatory Science Team working in every phase of system calibration and data collection using the airborne dual hyperspectral/lidar system. The focus of that research was invasive species detection and remote measurement of vegetation biochemical properties over Hawaiian rainforests. After Carnegie, I spent a small amount of time working in Santa Cruz, CA for NOAA fisheries on the Landscape Ecology Team as a GIS and Remote Sensing Scientist before I was drawn back to the Biostation, NTSG and the Montana lifestyle.
My current research focuses on using satellite microwave data to track phenology across biomes at continental and global scales. Ideally we can use the microwave signal to determine the start, peak and end of the growing season and incorporate optical-IR satellite imagery and corresponding vegetation indices to inform and enhance our phenology models. Assessments of these long term phenology trends will allow us to identify times of significant plant stress and physiological constraints to canopy evaporation, ecosystem productivity and terrestrial carbon sequestration of atmospheric carbon dioxide.