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” (http://deltacouncil.ca.gov/science-program/tidal-wetland-restoration-bay-delta-region-developing-tools-measure-carbon). 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!

March 2019

The paper by Sophie & Iryna “Wetland restoration in the San Francisco Bay-Delta Estuary: towards an integrated framework” has been just accepted to San Francisco Estuary and Watershed Science, minor corrective edits pending. Congratulations!

Congratulations to Professor Peng Gong on acceptance of the paper “Stable classification with limited sample: transferring a 30-m resolution sample set collected in 2015 to mapping 10-m resolution global land cover in 2017” to Science Bulletin (doi.org/10.1016/j.scib.2019.03.002)!

Iryna presented a talk “Inspiring urban design innovation with microclimate research tools” at the annual meeting of Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture (CELA) in Sacramento, California.

January-February 2019

Welcome to the new research assistant collaborators Nick Depsky from Energy and Environment and Zack Dinh from Landscape Architecture & Environmental Planning joining our wetland projects in Spring 2019! And welcome to Yang Ju who is joining the Berkeley team of the SALURBAL project on urban public health in Latin American countries!

In early February Iryna gave a talk “Environmental heterogeneity:
the key to ecosystem services through the lens of spatial sciences” at the Ecology & Evolutionary Biology seminar at the E3B Department in Columbia University.

November-December 2018

Iryna and Sophie participated at the American Geophysical Union’s annual meeting in Washington DC in December. Iryna presented the results of a new study developing phenological remote sensing-based indicators of vegetation structure and function in complex wetland canopies. Sophie presented a poster on phenological indicators of vegetation recovery in restored wetlands.

Students from Iryna’s Ecological Analysis Laboratory course (LD ARCH 110 L) gave a suite of exciting final project presentations in at the end of the Fall semester. We saw an exciting array of projects exploring the role of urban design and green space in microclimate from the new course module funded by the teaching innovation grant from the Berkeley Collegium.

Congratulations to Julia who has successfully submitted her Honors thesis and graduated from the undergraduate program!

October 2018

Iryna and Sophie contributed to organization of the Bay Area Wetland Regional Monitoring Program (WRMP) Vegetation Workshop led by the National Estuarine Research Reserve (NERR) in the San Francisco Bay. Iryna co-led the workshop together with Michael Vasey from the NERR and gave a presentation on the opportunities and constraints of current remote sensing technology for developing vegetation-based indicators for wetland restoration monitoring.

Congratulations to graduate student Chippie Kislik and Professor Maggi Kelly in ESPM on acceptance of the paper “UAVs in support of algal bloom research: A review of current applications and future opportunities. ” to Drones.

September 2018

Iryna participated in the 3rd  Workshop on Ecological Infrastructure for Coastal Resilience: Learning lessons from Singapore, London and San Francisco, which took place in Singapore. Many thanks to our Singapore hosts and collaborators from Singapore and UK!

Iryna participated in the meeting of the Science Advisory Team for the Wetlands Regional Monitoring Program, organized by the San Francisco Estuary Partnership.

Julia, Sophie and Iryna participated at the Bay-Delta Science Conference in Sacramento, CA. Iryna and Sophie gave talks on using remote sensing in wetland restoration monitoring, while Julia presented a poster on patterns of vegetation growth and ecosystem services.

August 2018

Iryna and a PhD student from UC Berkeley’s Energy and Resources Group, Valeri Vasquez have been selected among 95 women representing 28 countries next year for the Homeward Bound leadership program, 12-month intensive training for women in Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, Medicine (STEMM) culminating in a 3-week trip to Antarctica.

Iryna and Sophie attended the San Francisco Estuary Geospatial Working Group’s workshop on “Mapping Outside the Box: Visualizing Bay Landscapes in New Dimensions”