People

Director

Robert Hjimans

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  • leads the lab. He has a PhD in Production Ecology and Resource Conservation from Wageningen University, and is a Professor of Environmental Science and Policy at the University of California, Davis. Most of his career he has worked on spatial data analysis and modeling to support agricultural research for development in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

Staff

Alex Mandel

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  • is a Geoinformatician in the Department of Environmental Science and Policy at the University of California, Davis. He has a Ph.D in Geography, and a B.S. in Wildlife, Fish, and Conservation Biology from the University of California, Davis. He provides geospatial analysis, cartography, application and website development, data management, system administration and technical advice to the research group. Alex contributes to open source geospatial projects including OSGeoLive, OpenDroneMap, and QGIS.

Aniruddha (Ani) Ghosh

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  • specializes in remote sensing and is an Assistant Project Scientist in Department of Environmental Science and Policy at the University of California, Davis. He has a Ph.D in Natural Resources Managament from TERI University, India. His research focuses on the integration of different geospatial technologies, using field data and modeling tools to explore and explain spatial patterns and processes at multiple scales across diverse ecosystems.

Eric Massiot

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  • has a M.S. in Geoinformatics from the University of Montpellier II (Montpellier, France) and a M.S. in Geomarketing from Paris-Est Créteil Université (Créteil, France). He provides support on data management, spatial data analysis, French language, and cartography for various lab projects.

Graduate Students

Camila Bonilla Cedrez

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  • is a Ph.D student in the Graduate Group in Horticulture & Agronomy. She has a M.S.in Plant Science, Biostatistics emphasis from the Universidad de la Republica, Uruguay and a minor in Remote Sensing and GIS for Natural Resource Management from the Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina. Her current research focuses on modelling agriculture households in Africa, studying sustainable agricultural intensification through geospatial analysis.

Elise Hellwig

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  • has a B.A. in mathematics from Colorado College, and is a Ph.D student in the Ecology Graduate Group. She works primarily with spatial-temporal data analysis and modeling, and her main research interests center around the effects crop biodiversity on pests populations.

Erica Rettig

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  • is a Ph.D candidate in the Graduate Group in Ecology. She researches spatially-explicit data analysis at continental and world scales to answer questions about human health and well-being. Current projects include: spatial analysis of vitamin A deficiency in Cameroon for improving vitamin A intervention strategies, and spatial analysis of Demographic and Human Survey (DHS) data to better understand poverty, disease, health, and well-being in sub-Saharan Africa at subnational and regional levels.

Hongfei Wang

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  • is Ph.d student in the Graduate Group in Horticulture & Agronomy.

José (Pepe) Ochoa

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  • is a Ph.D student in the Geography Graduate Group. He obtained a B.S. in Computer Enginnering from Universidad de Cuenca, Ecuador, and a M.S. in Remote Sensing from Universitat de València, Spain. His research focuses on remote sensing, GIS, statistical methods, and computer programming to identify, and analyze different types of land cover in order to understand their dynamics, and impact on climate at regional, and global scales.

Kate Tiedeman

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  • is Ph.d student in the Graduate Group in Ecology.

Ty Beal

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  • is a Geography graduate student. He studies linkages between agriculture, food consumption, nutrition, and health; agricultural interventions for reducing micronutrient malnutrition in low-income countries; health and nutritional geography.

Alumni

  • Josh Perlman Dissertation: “Extensive Geoinformatic Approaches for the Study of Agriculture and Environmental Change” Link