I am a recent PhD graduate (December 2016) of The Ohio State University Department of Geography and Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center. My research interests are primarily centered around glacier environmental change, mountain hydrology and water resources, with an additional focus on the development and deployment of unmanned aerial systems (UAS) and remote sensing. My dissertation research investigated the role of soil moisture storage within the hydrologic budget of the Cordillera Blanca, Peru. Specifically I aimed to understand spatiotemporal controls and variability in soil moisture storage within alpine meadows (pampa) and wetlands (bofedales) and its importance to downstream water supply. To do this I integrated traditional field hydrology, satellite remote sensing and multispectral UAS to look at land surface hydrology, glacier changes and soil moisture variability over multiple spatial and temporal scales. The integration of UAS data is providing unique insights into the extreme heterogeneity of the system. However, operating these platforms at the extreme elevations (4000-5500masl) of my study sites has been particularly challenging. Leading to the design and development of my own fully autonomous multispectral (visible, near infrared, thermal infrared) UAS platforms.
I have recently (October 2016) started a postdoctoral research position at Earth Lab and the Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research (INSTAAR) at the University of Colorado Boulder. My research here will continue to integrate high resolution remote sensing and UAV's with field hydrology to improve our understanding of mountain ecohydrologic processes.
Additional research interests include; environmental and landscape change, human interactions with and impacts upon the environment, remote sensing, and GIS. I am especially interested in Andean Latin America and the environmental issues that these societies face. Specifically, I am interested in studying changes driven by glacier recession, climate change, and agricultural expansion.