Recent and Ongoing Research Projects
My research interests cover a range of image processing and remote sensing application areas. These include forestry-related topics, such as developing tools to support forest classification and invasive species management; urban management subjects such as object-oriented algorithms for impervious surface classification and linear feature extraction; and new teaching pedagogy in science-based education.My research has been funded by local, state and federal sources and has led to an assortment of graduate student projects and publications. This work cover a breadth of topics and has involved collaboration with researchers in engineering, biology, forestry, chemistry, and outreach.
Projects in forest/vegetation classification and assessment
- Evaluation of Unmanned Aerial Systems (UASs) for Vegetation Monitoring. USDA Mcintire-Stennis Cooperative Forestry Research Program. Co-PI with E. Bevilacqua, Sept 2016 – Aug 2018.
- EAGER: Understanding the Potential Role of Mayan Traditional Ecological Knowledge for Ecological Engineering of Forest Restoration in Mexico, Co-PI with S. Diemont, Aug 12 - Dec 15, NSF.
- Characterization of Montane Forest Ecosystems Using Advanced Remote Sensing Technology, Co-PI with J. Im, C. Beier, M. Dovciak, J. van Aardt, Aug 10 - Sep 12.
- Mapping Eastern Hemlock Distribution: A Multi-Resolution Approach, PI, Apr 11 - Jun 12, SUNY-ESF.
- Remote Sensing Based Classification of Forests Infested by Sirex Woodwasps, PI with S.A. Teale, Oct 08 - Sep 11, USDA McIntire-Stennis.
- Investigating New Advances in Forest Species Classification, PI with C.N. Kroll, Oct 05 - Sep 08, USDA McIntire-Stennis.
- Applying Remote Sensing to Forest Health Issues Related to Invasive Species (Year 5), Co-PI with J.M. Hassett, Jan 06 - Jul 07, NASA.
Projects in education and outreach
- StateView program development and operations for the State of New York. USGS-AmericaView Program. PI, Sept 2014 – June 2017.
- SUNY Sustainability: A Climate Changes Solutions Curriculum, Co-PI with D.L. Johnson, R.E. Beal, R. Malmsheimer, and C.M. Spuches, Jul 09 - Dec 10, NASA.
Projects in water, urban cover, and impervious surface classification
- The integrated water-system of the Great Lakes region: Its condition and challenges for the future. Co-PI with P. Vidon, J. Wang, H. Bokuniewicz, T. Walter, G. Boyer, T. Endreny, C. Beier, C. Ferguson, Nov 14 – Nov 15, SUNY 4E Network of Excellence.
- Pairing LIDAR, terrestrial laser scanning, and aerial photographs to make estimates of channel erosion due to large storm events, Co-PI with S. Shaw, May 2014 – Apr 2015, New York State Water Resources Institute.
- Digitizing a 70-Year Record of Land Use change in New York State Watersheds to Examine the Effectiveness of Non-Structural Landscape Modification on Flood Control, Co-PI with S.B. Shaw, Mar 12 - Feb 13, New York State Water Resources Institute.
- Impacts of Green Infrastructures on Directly Connected Impervious Cover and Spectral Signatures, Co-PI with T.E. Endreny and J. Im, Jul 08 - Jul 09, Syracuse Center of Excellence.
- LiDAR Acquisition for Regional Water Management, Co-PI with M. Weiss, T. Miller, J. DeHollander, P. Forestiere, R. Lopez-Torrijos, Aug 07, Great Lakes Research Consortium.
- Dynamic Nonpoint Pollution Model Development for the Carmans River: Phase II, Co-PI with L.P. Herrington, Feb 05 - Feb 06, NYS Dept. of State.