My research seeks to understand how agriculture impacts the Earth system through important biophysical interactions and feedbacks. I answer my research questions with models that capture the spatio-temporal dynamics of agricultural productivity and its drivers. The models are: (i) implemented in a Geographic Information System; (ii) based on principles of radiation-use efficiency and machine-learning; and (iii) driven by climate reanalysis, Earth observation, and other geospatial data. Ultimately, the results of my work inform food and water resource impact assessments and policy-making.
- Land Surface Processes and Modeling
- Remote Sensing and GIS
- Water-Energy-Food Nexus
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I grew up in the Mojave Desert where a few spectacular weeks a year a wanderer’s senses are stimulated by the unique smells of thirst-quenched soil and sudden wildflower blooms. These early experiences and my exposure to amazing educators influenced me profoundly. Consequently, I am driven to understand how we impact our environment and to help students discover their own passion for preserving nature.