I am a first year graduate student pursuing my Ph.D. in Soil & Crop Sciences with a focus in Environmental Information Systems. Prior to this, I obtained my Bachelor’s of Science at Portland State University (PSU) with minors in GIScience, Water Resources and Sustainability. As a McNair Scholar, I worked alongside Dr. Vivek Shandas in the Sustaining Urban Places Lab (SUPR) at PSU and Multnomah County in Oregon to develop regional estimates of forest carbon storage and temporal change across various land use and management categories. Following this, I received graduate training in Environmental Science and Data Analytics at Oregon State University where I worked alongside Dr. Vivek Shandas to map individual tree-crowns in Portland, OR and Sacramento, CA using LiDAR and high-resolution aerial imagery data fusion.
My research will focus on assimilating multiple satellite based observations into NCAR’s Community Land Model (CLM5) with the goal of constraining simulated above ground processes and improving simulated carbon dynamics. My research interests include Earth System Science and modeling, the use of remote sensing and machine learning for the classification and characterization of land surface phenomena and processes across space and time, the dynamic nature of socio-ecological systems and how various management paradigms affect ecosystem structure and function.