People

Director

Robert Hijmans

Robert Hijmans

Robert is lead of 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

Alex Mandel

Alex 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

Personal Research Site

Aniruddha (Ani) Ghosh

Ani Ghosh

Ani 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.

Graduate Students

Fernando Aramburu Merlos

Fernando Aramburu Merlos

Fernando is a research fellow and a Fulbright scholar from the National Institute of Agricultural Technology (INTA) in Argentina. He has Masters in Plant Production and a Bachelors in Agricultural Enginnering from National University of Mar Del Plata, College of Agricultural Sciences of Balcarce, Argentina. He has recently published on research relating to sink/source relations in bread wheat.

Camila Bonilla Cedrez

Camilla Cedrez

Camila 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

Elise Hellwig

Elise 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.

Caroline (Wright) Larsen

Caroline Larsen

Caroline is Ph.D candidate in the Ecology Graduate Group. She has a M.S in Ecology from University of California, Davis and a B.A in Biology and Environmental Studies from Bryn Marw College. She is currently researching inferring deeper spatiotemporal dynamics of insect populations from limited data, using invasive tephritid fruit flies in California as a model system.

Jose (Pepe) Ochoa

Pepe Ochoa

Pepe 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.

Erica Rettig

Erica Rettig

Erica 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.

Kate Tiedeman

Kate Tiedman

Kate is Ph.D student in the Graduate Group in Ecology. She obtained a B.S. in Conservation Resource Studies from University of California, Berkeley and a M.S. in Transportation Technology and Policy from University of California, Davis. She has previously published her research on water use in oil production and on her research of millennials travel behavior. Her current research is on the landscape level drivers of human-elephant crop raiding, including agricultural expansion.

Hongfei Wang

Hongfei Wang

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

Interns

Emily Hurry

Emily Hurry

Emily is a recent graduate of University of California, Davis with a B.S in Environmental Science and Management, Geospatial Information Systems track. She was the Pilot in Command for UAV flight operations done by the lab. She has been working on drone best practices, community and educational outreach, and data processing. In future Emily hopes to join industry, transforming her knowledge learned here into real world applications.

Yingying Lin

Yingying Lin

Yingying Lin is pursuing her B.A in Art Studio and Design at University of California, Davis. She is currently working on Redesigning the UC Davis’s Agricultural Sustainability and Geography research lab website as to ensure smooth, eye-friendly navigation through various screens.

Sierra Mabanta

Sierra Mabanta

Sierra is working on her B.S. in Wildlife, Fish, and Conservation Biology at University of California, Davis. Her previous experience has been as an animal keeper and naturalist. Currently she is learning about GIS technologies and has written and presented material about GPS systems and has digitized American Viticulture Areas.

Arielle Rose

Arielle Rose Arielle Rose is a recent graduate of University of California, Davis with a B.S in Environmental Science and Management, Geospatial Information Systems track. She worked on digitizing American Viticulture Areas, assisting with UAV flight operations and educational demos, and training data for remote algorithms. Arielle is excited to join the work force in the Environmental Science and GIS sector.

Alumni

Ty Beal

Ty Beal

Ty received a Phd in Geography. He studies linkages between agriculture, food consumption, nutrition, and health; agricultural interventions for reducing micronutrient malnutrition in low-income countries; health and nutritional geography. Dissertation: “The Geography of Malnutrition”

Jamey Smith

Jamey Smith Jamey received a masters in International Agricultural Development. Thesis: “Efficiency Indicators of Smallholder Farming Systems in the Central Highlands of Vietnam and Northeast Cambodia”

Eric Massiot

Eric Massiot

Eric 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 provided support on data management, spatial data analysis, French language, and cartography for various lab projects.