August-September 2021

We are excited to be back to in-person instruction and research interactions at UC Berkeley campus! A quick re-cap of recent developments and activities:

  • Huge congratulations to Adam Dickenson and Kendall Harris who have successfully completed their Master’s degrees, graduating in Spring 2021, and performed outstanding work on their thesis research projects!
  • Many, many thanks to Skyler Lewis who collaborated with Iryna on the NASA-funded study of remote sensing indicators of wetland plant diversity in Summer 2021
  • Huge thanks to Dr. Gwen Miller who has completed her postdoctoral scholarship with us in Summer 2021 and led a just published new paper discussing the opportunities of long-term remote sensing data to support the analyses of wetland phenology and ecosystem function with multiple collaborators from the California State University – East Bay, University of British Columbia, and U.S. Geological Survey, funded by the Delta Stewardship Council. Congratulations to all authors!
  • Congratulations to postdoctoral scholar Dr. Yang Ju working on the SALURBAL project and other SALURBAL colleagues on two new publications led by Yang:
    • Relationship between urban socioeconomic status and remotely sensed indicators of greening and green space, just accepted in Environmental Research Letters;
    • A study investigating the associations between vegetation greenness and dengue in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, in collaboration with Urban Health Observatory of Belo Horizonte, published in Landscape & Urban Planning.

March-April 2020

Iryna was awarded tenure and promoted to Associate Professor, effective July 2020.

Iryna joined the Journal of Hydrology Editorial team as an Associate Editor.

Welcome to the new postdoctoral scholar Gwen Miller who has joined our project on remote sensing applications for wetland carbon sequestration analyses in the San Francisco Bay-Delta region!

Sophie Taddeo is starting her new position as a Conservation Scientist at Chicago Botanic Garden. Congratulations to Sophie and all the best wishes at this exciting new step!

January-February 2020

The paper “Experimental harvesting of wetland plants to evaluate trade-offs between reducing methane emissions and removing nutrients accumulated to the biomass in constructed wetlands” by Kuno Kasak and colleagues from the Biometlab got accepted in Science of The Total Environment. Congratulations!

Adam Dickenson, a graduate student in our MLA-EP project has joined our research project on post-restoration wetland change in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. Welcome to Adam!

The new book “Planetary Health” by Island Press features Chapter 13 “Healthy Places to Live, Work and Play” written by Ana V. Diez Roux from Drexel University and several co-authors from the SALURBAL project, including Iryna.

Iryna gave a talk in  the department of Environmetal Science, Policy & Management at UC Berkeley titled “More than just a tool: exploring biodiversity & ecosystem function through remotely sensed phenology”


November-December 2019

Sophie Taddeo’s paper “Landscape metrics of post-restoration vegetation dynamics in wetland ecosystems” got accepted in Landscape Ecology. Congratulations!

Iryna participated in the leadership program for women in STEMM – Homeward Bound and visited Antarctica as a part  of the group including >100 women participants and faculty, the largest-ever all-women expedition to this continent.

October 2019

The paper by Sophie, Iryna and Nick “Spectral vegetation indices of wetland greenness: responses to vegetation structure, composition, and spatial distribution” has been accepted for publication in Remote Sensing of Environment. Congratulations!

August-September 2019

Welcome to Kendall Harris, LAEP’s new Master’s student who is joining Iryna’s NASA-funded project on remote sensing analysis of wetland plant diversity!

Iryna gave an opening presentation  at the Delta Invasive Species Symposium: Remote Sensing Applications for Management, titled “History and scale of remote sensing applications to managing invasive species”

Congratulations to our colleagues Haiwei Yin, Fanhua Kong and others – a paper ” Investigation of extensive green roof outdoor spatio-temporal thermal performance during summer in a subtropical monsoon climate ” was accepted for publication in Science of the Total Environment.

Congratulations to Yang Ju on filing his PhD dissertation!

July 2019

Jed’s paper “Urban Landscape Change Analysis Using Local Climate Zones and Object-Based Classification in the Salt Lake Metro Region, Utah, USA” based on his Master’s thesis has been accepted to Remote Sensing. Congratulations!

June 2019

Iryna’s single-author paper discussing aesthetic ecosystem services Landscape beauty: a wicked problem in ecosystem management?” has been just accepted in Science of the Total Environment.

Zack has been awarded a fellowship from MDPI’s Drones journal to participate in the DroneCamp 2019 in Monterey, CA. Congratulations!

May 2019

The paper by Sophie, Iryna and the newcoming student Kendall Harris, currently ORISE Research Participant at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, titled “The potential of satellite greenness to predict plant diversity among wetland types, ecoregions, and disturbance levels” has been just accepted to Ecological Applications. Congratulations!!

Congratulations to Dr. Sophie Taddeo on finishing her PhD! Her dissertation “Remote sensing tools for the large-scale monitoring of vegetation dynamics in wetland ecosystems” provides important new insights on the opportunities to use cost-effective remote sensing instruments and metrics to facilitate the monitoring of wetland ecosystems in restoration, conservation and other contexts of regional management and planning.

Congratulations to Nick Depsky, Lulin Zheng and Kaiyuan Li on completing their Master’s degrees!

Iryna has presented our first year insights from the NASA-funded project “Using Remotely-sensed Phenology to Monitor Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services in Wetlands” at the NASA Biodiversity and Ecological Forecasting meeting.

April 2019

Congratulations to Dr. Patty Oikawa and other colleagues on the Delta Stewardship Council grant for the project “Tidal Wetland Restoration in the Bay-Delta Region: Developing Tools to Measure Carbon Sequestration, Subsidence Reversal, and Climate Resilience” ( Iryna is honored to be a Co-Investigator on this team contributing remote sensing expertise.

Iryna has joined the Synthesis group for the Wetland Monitoring Regional Program led by the San Francisco Estuary Partnership and National Estuarine Research Reserve and attended the first post-workshop synthesis meeting.

Iryna presented on multi-city remote sensing analysis of urban heat patterns at the Annual Association of American Geographers in Washington, DC. Sophie presented our recent research on national-scale wetland analysis at the Annual Meeting of the International Association for Landscape Ecology.

Congratulations to Zack on his INFEWS fellowship at UC Berkely!