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Monitoring of protected forests, biodiversity and forest services

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Breakout 4
Tuesday, September 10, 2024
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Sigma Room

Speaker

Zhiqiang Yang
Computer Scientist
USDA Forest Service

Mapping Functional Old Growth using Species distribution Modeling with Earth Observations

3:30 PM - 3:45 PM

Abstract

Biography

A computer scientist interested in modeling natural resource-related attributes for natural resource management.
Dr Costanza Borghi
Postdoctoral researcher
University of Florence

Estimating Forest Biodiversity, Naturalness, and Old-Growth Status: Insights from National Forest Inventory Data

3:45 PM - 4:00 PM

Abstract

Biography

Costanza Borghi earned her Master's degree in 2020 from the University of Florence (Italy) and attained her Doctorate in March 2024, with a thesis titled "Towards Biodiversity Conservation Goals." Since April 2024, she has been a research fellow at the University of Florence, focusing her research activity on forest monitoring, integrating both remote sensing and ground-based data. Her main research interests are related to biodiversity assessment and conservation, spanning from primary, old-growth forests to urban environments.
Mr Evan Muise
Phd Student
University of British Columbia

Estimating the integrated and individual impacts of the human footprint on forest ecosystem structure and function.

4:00 PM - 4:15 PM

Abstract

Biography

Evan is a PhD student in the Integrated Remote Sensing Studio at the University of British Columbia. His research interests include using satellite imagery to assess conservation outcomes across large regions and assessing the utility of satellite-derived products for biodiversity assessment. He is currently finishing up his PhD, where his research focuses on assessing protected area effectiveness and the impacts of the human footprint on forest ecosystem structure and function across British Columbia using Landsat derived datasets.
Ms Leanna Stackhouse
Phd Student
Integrated Remote Sensing Studio, Department of Forest Resources Management, University Of British Columbia

Predicting changes in stream temperatures using LiDAR-derived simulations associated with harvesting of forest buffers

4:15 PM - 4:30 PM

Abstract

Biography

Leanna Stackhouse is a PhD student in the Faculty of Forestry at the University of British Columbia where she focuses on using remote sensing technologies to better inform forest managers on riparian areas and salmon habitat conservation.
Dr Zsofia Koma
Researcher
Nibio

National mapping of forest biodiversity indicators based on NFI and lidar data

4:30 PM - 4:45 PM

Abstract

Biography

Dr. Zsofia Koma is an early career research scientist at the National Forest Inventory department within the Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy Research (NIBIO). Her expertise lies in utilizing remote sensing datasets for large-scale ecosystem monitoring. In her research, she integrates country-wide lidar and optical satellite products with field observation for various types of ecological applications with a special interest in assessing and validating the output map products. She is experienced in interfacing between the scientific fields of remote sensing, computer science, and ecology. She obtained her PhD at the University of Amsterdam. She has published 7 first-author and 8 co-authored peer-reviewed publications.
Dr Celio De Sousa
Assistant Research Scientist
Nasa Goddard Space Flight Center

The potential of West and Central African coastal protected areas for Blue Carbon projects and mangrove restoration

4:45 PM - 5:00 PM

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Biography

Dr. Celio Sousa is a research scientist at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center through the University of Maryland, in the United States. Dr. Celio Sousa' research focus on using cloud-computing and multi-temporal/ multi-sensor data for characterizing and quantifying land cover extent and change in tropical regions.
Dr Jolene Fisher
Senior Lecturer
University of the Witwatersrand

Chairperson

Biography

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