Visiting Scientists

Marcella Godoy

I work in a Forest Research and Extension Center in Patagonia CIEFAP in the city of Esquel, Argentina. Actually I am working on a dissertation on wildland urban interface in Patagonia, mapping it to asses the main places where different forest management practices should be done to prevent unwanted wildfires. I am also interested on how to determine fuel load in the Andean Patagonian forests. I also have projects in northern Patagonia working with peasants plant their own trees, for timber, firewood and forage, and to help diversifying their production systems.

Benjamin Bleyhl

I am interested in conducting research that contributes to wildlife conservation. My focus lies on large mammal species and on identifying ways to sustain them in our landscapes. I mainly work at broad geographic scales and use spatially-explicit quantitative approaches such as species distribution modeling, connectivity analyses, and remote sensing. My goal is to conduct solution-oriented research that contributes to conservation science and landscape ecology and informs conservation, policy, and society.

Mihai Nita

I am interested in projects regarding forest management and monitoring, on topics like LULUCF (land use, land-use change and forestry) using remote sensing and drone mapping, modelling habitat distributions for species, evaluating Forest Ecosystem Services (FES), developing and managing GIS databases and WebGIS apps.

Currently I am exploring the effect of wars and political conflict on forest ecosystems in Romania by assessing the forest disturbances during Soviet occupation (1945 - 1956) using a heuristic method based on SfM (Structure from Motion) and DISI (Declassified Intelligence Satellite Imagery) and comparing with the recent rates of disturbance in forests after 1990.