My PhD research focused on remote sensing of active wildfires in the Alaskan boreal forest, advised by Dr. Martin Stuefer and Dr. Anupma Prakash . At UAF, I started in a staff position associated with the US Department of Energy ARM program, providing operational support and software development for its North Slope of Alaska climate research station. Later, I became associated with the Hyperspectral Imaging Laboratory and involved in aerial and ground-based optical, thermal and hyperspectral imaging and spectroscopy. I have also contributed to the UAFSmoke Wildfire Smoke Prediction project in the form of modeling using the Weather Research and Forecast Model with Inline Chemistry (WRF-Chem) and model output visualization.
The core of my work, however, revolves around processing satellite imagery to develop products that enable users of science to understand the changes of the landscapes in the circum-polar North. I deal most closely with real-time detection of wildfire, specifically low-intensity fire in Alaskan boreal forest ecosystems, and the quantification of fire properties variables such as fire temperature.
Wider topics I am interested in include open data/open code in the earth sciences, the usability of research data, and the role of scientific knowledge production in society.