Education & Research

 
 

University of Maryland, College Park

Ph.D., expected 2013

Dissertation Proposal Defended - December 2010:

“An Image Acquisition Strategy for Global Agriculture Monitoring”

Geographical Sciences


University of California, Los Angeles

B.A., Honors College, Summa cum Laude: 2007

Geography/Environmental Studies

International Development Studies (double major)

 

Education

Research interests

Research Experience

Agriculture

  1. -Global cropland phenology

  2. -Cloud cover during the agricultural growing season

  3. -Global field size & spatial pattern distribution

  4. -Earth observation requirements

  5. -Data coordination

Teaching Experience

Summers 2009, 2011, 2012: Lecturer, Dept. of Geographical Sciences, UMD

GEOG 372: Introduction to Remote Sensing


Winters 2011& 2012: Lecturer, Study Abroad, UMD

GEOG 328G: Land, Culture, and Economy of Italy


August 2008 - May 2009: Teaching Assistant, Dept. of Geographical Sciences, UMD

GEOG 372: Introduction to Remote Sensing

April 2009 - Present: Graduate Research Assistant, UMD

  1. -Global: analysis of crop calendars and vital growing stages of multiple staple crops; using information to inform acquisition strategies for satellite image acquisition. (GLAM, PI: Chris Justice, UMD Geographical Sciences)

  2. -Kenya: fire typology, and potential impacts of burning on carbon in forest and agroforestry systems. (PI: David Skole, Michigan State University, Department of Forestry)

  3. -Democratic Republic of Congo: analysis of fire occurrence and impacts on population and agriculture in the Congo Basin. (PI: Chris Justice, UMD Geographical Sciences)


April 2006 - 2007: Undergrad Research Assistant, UCLA

  1. -Various tasks in remote sensing for Professor Tom Gillespie

Photo: Chris Chandler

Professional Service & Affiliations

Dean’s Graduate Student Advisory Council (DGSAC) - BSOS, UMD

    Member: 2011-Present


American Geophysical Union (AGU)

    Member: 2011-Present


Association of American Geographers (AAG)

    Member: 2008-Present

    Tellers Committee: 2010-Present


UMD Dept. of Geography Graduate Student Organization

    President: 2010-2011

   

Funding & Awards

NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship (NESSF), 2011-Present, NASA

     “Developing an Image Acquisition Strategy for Global Agricultural Monitoring”

Burnand-Partrdige Foundation Scholarship, 2011, Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara

Burnand-Partridge Foundation Scholarship, 2010, Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara

Departmental Fellowship, 2008-2010, Department of Geography, UMD

BP Foundation Scholarship, 2009, Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara

BP Foundation Scholarship, 2008, Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara

Blackman Family Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Achievement , 2007, Department of Geography, UCLA

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