Postdoctoral Fellows and Scientists

Zigmars Rendenieks

I am most interested in forest landscape ecology – particularly, how human actions in past have influenced the changes in forested ecosystems in the Northern Europe. This also includes the aspects of forest management, biodiversity and nature conservation. I use my knowledge of remote sensing and GIS methods to analyze the patterns over large areas to gain new knowledge that would be relevant in above mentioned fields.

Anu Kramer

I am interested in ways of using GIS and remote sensing to learn more about wildland fire. My dissertation research focused on LiDAR applications for measuring forest fuels in California, specifically focusing on ladder fuels that can carry fire from the surface of the ground into the forest canopy. My current research addresses fire risk in the wildland urban interface (WUI) across the conterminous US. I will also be investigating the dynamics of home rebuilding after fire, as well as new development within old fire perimeters to learn more about the dynamics of change in wildland urban interface communities.

He Yin

I am generally interested in utilizing remote sensing and geospatial techniques for environmental monitoring and assessment. My specific interests are satellite imagery time series and GIS spatial analysis with a strong focus on land use and land cover change. Previously I have experience in examining land use change in China and forest monitoring in Central Asia. My recent project tries to understand how land use was changed in the Caucasus region and the role of ethnic differences, national policies, and armed conflicts. More...

Likai Zhu

My research aims to understand the interactions among human, climate and land systems based on remote sensing and geospatial modelling. To be specific, my research interests include land use/cover change, satellite remote sensing of vegetation, climate change and terrestrial vegetation dynamics. Now I am working on the NSF-funded project: The role of taxonomic, functional, genetic, and landscape diversity in food web responses to a changing environment. In this project, I will use remote sensing to characterize cropping patterns, landscape diversity, land surface temperature and other potential variables that give the spatial context of food-web dynamics and evolutionary changes of aphid in the agricultural ecosystems.

Martina Hobi

In my research I specialized in the analysis of the processes underlying long-term forest dynamics using terrestrial, dendroecological and remote sensing data. During my PhD-thesis I was analyzing the structure and disturbance patterns of the largest European primeval beech forest situated in the Ukrainian Carpathians. In a follow up research project I was working with stereo aerial images for nation-wide vegetation height modeling of Switzerland. My postdoc project in this lab focuses on biodiversity assessments at different spatial scales. I am working on the Dynamic Habitat Index (DHI) project sponsored by NASA. The main goal of this project is to use the DHI based on MODIS satellite data to predict biodiversity patterns using global species distribution models.

Sebastian Martinuzzi

Global change ◦ Biodiversity conservation ◦ Remote sensing ◦ Land-use dynamics ◦ Ecosystems 3D structure ◦ Ecosystem services ◦ Landscape ecology ◦ LiDAR ◦ Land use planning

Max Henschell

My research interests include the promotion and conservation of avian communities through sustainable land use and the conservation of biodiversity. For my PhD work, I am research the effects of recreational trails on the community composition and productivity of the avian community around trails.

Brooke Bateman

I am interested in linking spatial ecology applications to conservation issues, and improving on species distribution modeling techniques so that they provide realistic, tangible outputs for use in conservation and management actions. Recently, I have focused on the effects of extreme weather events on species distributions at their range limits and on examining the usefulness of short-term weather data in models. My current research examines the effects of extreme weather events on North American avian communities, and the role of habitat refugia in mitigating climate change and extreme events.

Andrew Allstadt

I am interested in mathematical ecology, and in particular connecting theoretical predictions with empirical data. My main goal is to understand how population dynamics change through time and space due to trophic interactions, differences in habitat, and weather and climate variability. I have worked with plants, insects, and birds, and enjoy learning new study systems.