Lab Group


Mark Friedl, Principal Investigator
friedl at
Research Statement: My research uses remote sensing to examine biogeophysical patterns and processes at the Earth’s surface. I am particularly interested in how land cover and ecosystem properties affect surface climate, how land surface biophysics influence the Earth’s weather and climate system, and more generally, how human activities are shaping the planet and affecting the global biosphere.

jordanJordan Graesser, Post-Doctoral Research Associate
graesser at
Research Statement: My research focuses on agricultural land use and land cover.  I am interested in how cropland mechanization and livestock grazing alter landscapes, and how these changes impact food production and climate. To address these topics, I regularly use remote sensing and image processing. Currently, I am working with colleagues to improve field-level crop information, monitor pasture intensification, and characterize phenology from moderate-resolution satellite time series. CV


Damien Sulla-Menashe, Post-Doctoral Research Associate
dsm at
Research Statement: My research is concerned with monitoring forest health using
moderate-resolution remote sensing. Specifically, I aim to quantify
changes to forest biomass and structure following fires in the boreal. CV


Eli Melaas, Post-Doctoral Scholar
emelaas at
Research Statement: My research is focused on coupling field measurements, remote sensing and modeling studies of phenology. Specifically, I am interested in improving understanding of how climate drivers control the timing of phenology and how future changes in growing season length will affect net carbon exchange. Personal Website, CV

MinkyuMinkyu Moon, Ph.D. Student
mkmoon at
Research Statement: I am interested in questions related to how terrestrial ecosystems, especially forests, are changing, what is causing these changes, and how are terrestrial ecosystem function and biogeochemical cycles affected by climate change? In order to answer the questions, my research uses remote sensing, field measurements and modeling.

Radost Stanimirova

Radost Stanimirova, Ph.D Student
rkstan at
Research Statement: My research interests are in climate change and human transformation of the landscape, especially through agriculture. While many studies have focused on the productivity and resiliency of croplands, there is an urgent need to improve our understanding of how global pasturelands will be affected under the combined pressures of a changing climate and increasing population in the coming decades. To address this knowledge gap, the main goal of my research is to develop an observation and modeling framework that exploits remote sensing, meteorological datasets, and land cover information to improve our capability to both monitor and manage the long-term sustainability of pasturelands. Personal Website

Jon Wang

Jon Wang, Ph.D. Student
wangathan at
Research Statement: My research uses high-resolution remote sensing to study the effects of land use and climate change on ecosystem function and biosphere-atmosphere interactions. Currently, I working on urban heating and its effects on phenology.

Zekun_Lin2Zekun Lin, M.A. Student
zklin at
Research Statement: I am interested in biophysical remote sensing.  My research is currently focused on using time series of thermal and optical imagery to improve understanding of how time varying surface properties in cities affect urban microclimate and heat islands.

qiongs-photoQiong Hu, visiting Ph.D. Student
qionghu at
Research Statement: My research focuses on agricultural land cover and land use. I am particularly interested in how crop planting patterns are changing and how these changes impact food production system. Currently, I am working on multi-year crop classification using time-series MODIS images and an optimized feature selection method.

Active Collaborators

Andrew Richardson Picture

Andrew Richardson, Harvard University
arichardson at

Steve Frolking

Steve Frolking, University of New Hampshire
steve.frolking at

Curtis Woodcock

Curtis Woodcock, Boston University
curtis at

Lucy Hutyra

Lucy Hutyra, Boston University
lrhutyra at

Alessandro Baccini

Alessandro Baccini, Woods Hole Research Center
abaccini at

Luis Carvalho

Luis Carvalho, Boston University
lecarval at

Lab Group Alumni


  • Josh Gray (Postdoctoral Research Associate, Research Assistant Professor 2012-2016), Assistant Professor, North Carolina State University
  • Leah Cheek (Postdoctoral Research Associate 2014-2016), Research Scientist, University of Texas
  • Koen Hufkens (Postdoctoral Research Associate 2010-2012), Research Associate: Isotope Bioscience Laboratory, Ghent University
  • Sangram Ganguly (Postdoctoral Research Associate 2008-2010), Research Scientist, NASA Ames Research Center
  • Bin Tan (Postdoctoral Research Associate 2005-2008), Research Scientist: Biospheric Sciences Branch, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
  • Xiaoyang Zhang (Postdoctoral Research Associate 2000-2005),  Associate Professor, South Dakota State University

Ph.D. Students

  • J. Meghan Salmon (Ph.D. 2012) Post-Doc, Center for Sustainability and the Global Environment, University of Wisconsin.
  • Manish Verma (Ph.D. 2012) Post-Doc, California Institute of Technology (Caltech)/NASA JPL
  • Allesandro Baccini (Ph.D 2005) Research Scientist, Woods Hole Research Center
  • Callan Orodyne (M.A. 2005) United States Department of State, Beijing, China
  • Joe Santanello (Ph.D 2005) Physical Scientist, Hydrologic Sciences Branch, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
  • Annemarie Schneider (Ph.D 2005) Assistant Professor, University of Washington
  • Alexander Lotsch (Ph.D 2004) Manager,Forest Carbon Partnership Initiative, The World Bank
  • Rongqian Yang (Ph.D 2002) Research Scientist, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  • Douglas McIver (Ph.D 2001) Vice president of Product Management, Magento Software

M.A. Students

  • Mary Farina (M.A. 2014), Research associate, Woods Hole Research Center, Woods Hole, Massachusetts
  • Parker Abercrombie (M.A. 2013), Scientific programmer/software engineer, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California
  • Douglas Bolton (M.A. 2011), PhD student in Forest Sciences at the University of British Columbia
  • Adam Sibley (M.A. 2010), peripatetic science guy, funk musician (or at least that’s what he’d like to be), and mountain man.  Currently engaged as field tech for University of Hawaii.  Needs to come back and do a Ph.D.
  • William Boykins-Morris (M.A. 2007) Ph.D. student in Geography at the University of Vermont

B.A. Students

  • David Miller (B.A. 2013). pursuing PhD at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
  • Max Metcalfe (B.A. 2012).  GIS Analyst, Apple Computer Corp.