I started earthmetrics in 2011, after leaving my position at the USDA Agricultural Research Service Jornada Experimental Range, where I had been a remote sensing scientist since 2003. At the Jornada, my research focused on the innovative use of satellite and airborne imagery and geospatial analysis for rangeland mapping and assessment at multiple spatial scales. I am a leader in the field of geographic object-based image analysis (GEOBIA or OBIA) with high spatial resolution imagery. I have developed algorithms and applications in this area, and have improved techniques for scaling remotely sensed information to ground-based measurements using sound scientific principles. I have developed and taught workshops and graduate level classes in object-based image analysis at New Mexico State University.
Since 2006, I have led cutting-edge research into the use of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) for remote sensing, and I have developed workflows for image acquisition, processing into orthomosaics, and vegetation classifications using digital cameras and multispectral sensors. Under my leadership, the Jornada Experimental Range established itself as a well-known presence in the use of unmanned aircraft remote sensing for natural resource applications. I also developed remote sensing monitoring tools for the National Resource Inventory (NRI) in support of the Conservation Effects Assessment Program (CEAP). My research has led to significant contributions to the peer-reviewed literature, to conference proceedings, and to presentations at numerous national and international meetings. Further details can be found on the publications page.
I have a BS in Natural Resource Science from the University College of the Cariboo (now Thompson Rivers University) in British Columbia, a MS in Rangeland Resources and a PhD in Forest Resources from Oregon State University. For my PhD, I conducted geospatial analyses of human influences on historical and current wildlife distributions, and I studied Lewis and Clark’s wildlife observations with regard to human influences. This research has fostered my strong interest in human impacts on ecological processes and patterns, which can be assessed using remotely sensed data and geospatial techniques.
I have a strong background in interdisciplinary applications in natural resources, and I have worked closely in partnership with state and federal land management agencies, academic researchers, private land owners, and the ranching community, and developed innovative geospatial applications applicable to national level monitoring programs. Whether it is research or applied projects, I strive to deliver results that use sound science and work within the constraints of real-world limitations. I have been a member of the American Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS) since 1999 and have held board member positions in the Rio Grande Chapter of the Rocky Mountain Region.
When I am not working on remote sensing projects, my husband and I operate a small market garden on our property, hike with our dogs, and explore the beautiful State of Oregon.