Meet the 2020 Fellows
The call for 2020 ESIP Community Fellows attracted a number of very impressive applicants. Ultimately, we welcomed 7 Fellows, including 5 returning Fellows. Like past Fellows, the 2020 Fellows provide support for and participate in various ESIP collaboration areas. Learn more about them below and make sure to say hello to them in-person at the 2020 ESIP Meetings!
Data Stewardship Committee
Alexis is a graduate student at George Mason University, where her research focuses on pairing legacy data and citizen science data products to better approximate long-term spatio-temporal trends in phenology. Alexis was also a 2019 ESIP Community Fellow and will continue supporting the Data Stewardship Committee in 2020.
Machine Learning Cluster
Yuhan is a postdoctoral research scholar at North Carolina Institute for Climate Studies of North Carolina State University. His research focus is on leveraging earth observations and machine learning methods to advance understanding of surface temperature change in recent decades. Yuhan is also interested in science communication and data visualization.
ESIP Lab Fellow
Ben is a PhD student in the Geography department at Oregon State University. He is interested in changing snow cover and its impacts on downstream water use in the eastern Columbia River Basin. His research relies on a combination of remote sensing and in-situ monitoring data as well as human water use data to try to build a comprehensive view of these trends.
Kai is a PhD student at the University of Arizona in the Department of Biosystems Engineering. He is working to create a model cyberinfrastructure system called Planet Microbe to integrate and provide analytical tools to analyze key marine omics and biogeochemical datasets. As a contributor to the Environment Ontology (ENVO), Kai works to create high-quality human and machine-readable meta-data in order to make environmental and genomic data findable, accessible interoperable for the next generation of artificial intelligence systems.
Semantic Technologies Committee
Blake is a PhD candidate in the Department of Geography at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Blake studies geographic information science in the Spatial Temporal Knowledge Observatory (STKO) Lab https://stko.geog.ucsb.edu/. The topic of Blake's dissertation is on the computational time and space trade-offs in geographic knowledge graphs. This work involves novel approaches to representing, storing, transmitting, and querying geographic information in knowledge graphs on the Web and at scale.
Ag & Climate Cluster
Ellie is a PhD candidate in Geography at the University of South Carolina. Her research mixes GIScience and social science to address the risks, adaptations, and barriers associated with chronic flooding in coastal communities. Outside of research, Ellie hosts open-source map-a-thons, works with a network of citizen scientists, and chairs a university committee for women-identifying graduate students. She also enjoys volunteering in her community garden, playing tennis (badly), and playing with her cats and dog.
Community Resilience Cluster
Zachary is a PhD Student at North Carolina State University. His work focuses on modeling disturbances patterns such as fire and insects using future climate projections in forested landscapes. This model draws together climate, vegetation, soils and disturbance data of various types from many resources. Zachary is working with the community resiliency cluster and hopes to improve how communities can access and utilize data and how we as researchers respond to community needs in order to better prepare for the coming climate crisis.