Assocaite Research Proffesor
UMBC and GSFC
My research combines forest ecosystem science with plant physiology and remote sensing (the tools of reflectance and fluorescence spectroscopy). I am entusiastic about the possibility for early detection of vegetation stress, characterizing vegetation function based on its spectral reflectance, fluorescence and thermal characteristics. My experience integrates biophysical and spectral observations within a modeling framework for evaluating vegetation photosynthetic condition, detecting stress and retrieval of vegetation morphological and functional characteristics. My scientific contributions center on the: remote sensing evaluation of stress responses of crops and forests; evaluation of the chlorophyll fluorescence contributions to the reflectance signatures of vegetation, and their use for assessing photosynthetic function; and analysis and generation of high spectral resolution time series for ecosystem assessments for evaluation of ecosystem function and productivity.