Michael Falkowski

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Jody Vogeler, Research Scientist, CO-LAB DIRECTOR

With a strong background in field wildlife research, Jody began processing and exploring the utility of remote sensing datasets, specifically LiDAR and Landsat time series products, for characterizing forest habitat in her masters and PhD work (University of Idaho and Oregon State University, respectively). Now in her research career, she works to develop ways to use remote sensing to better understand wildlife-habitat relationships, advance our understanding of forest disturbance ecology, and provide spatial products for various management and conservation applications.

Patrick Fekety, Research Associate

Patrick lives in Fairbanks, AK and works closely with researchers at the USFS Rocky Mountain Research Station Moscow, ID lab. His research interests include using remote sensing techniques to aid natural research management. Patrick’s work is primarily focused on a NASA Carbon Monitoring Systems project, which uses coincident field measurements, LiDAR, and Landsat time series data to predict aboveground biomass across the Pacific Northwest. Patrick received his Masters of Forestry from Oregon State University. His expertise includes LiDAR processing and imputation-based modeling of forest attributes. He has worked as a forestry technician with USFS and BLM and as a researcher with Michigan Technological University and University of Minnesota.

Steven Filippelli, Research Associate

Steve measures trees from space! His research has involved combining lidar, high-resolution imagery, satellite image time series, and other remotely sensed data to track changes in forest structure. Steve’s recent work has primarily focused on quantifying woody encroachment and disturbance in the western United States and examining the implications of those dynamics for wildlife and carbon storage. This has involved applying a multitude of image processing and machine learning techniques to remotely sensed imagery, such as object-oriented analysis of aerial photos and Random Forest modeling with Landsat series. Steve obtained his master’s degree in Ecology from CSU where his thesis involved measuring the effects of wildfire on forest structure and biomass by fusing point clouds derived from aerial imagery and lidar. When Steve isn’t staring at trees on a computer screen he likes to visit them in real life by hiking and climbing in the Rocky Mountains.


A transplant from the Pacific Northwest, Eric is pursuing a Masters in Ecology from Colorado State University. Before arriving at CSU, Eric worked extensively in the Great Basin in the BLM’s Assessment, Inventory and Monitoring program performing lentic and upland assessment and as a data and GIS specialist with the Great Basin Landscape Conservation Cooperative. A physical geography graduate from Western Washington University, Eric is passionate about leveraging spatial data to answer ecological questions, and his thesis will apply Landsat imagery and other ecological data to create a time-series of plant community change in the Great Basin.

Jillian LaRoe, Undergraduate Student

Jillian is from Littleton, Colorado and received her B.S. in Ecosystem Science and Sustainability from Colorado State University in 2018. She is a master’s candidate in the Graduate Degree Program in Ecology expecting to graduate in 2020. Her research interests focus on improving ecological studies through remote sensing applications. Currently, she is working on collaborative projects that analyze environmental and agricultural resources in Minnesota.









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