Current Graduate Students

Kelly Easterday

Kelly is a fourth year Ph.D. candidate. She is interested in protected land conservation, climate change, and historical ecology. Kelly's webpage.

Jenny Palomino

Jenny is a fifth year Ph.D. candidate.  She is interested in GIS technologies, land use and land cover change analysis, and spatial planning of multi-use landscapes. Jenny is co-advised with Matthew Potts. Jenny's webpage.

Christine Wilkinson 

Christine is a first-year PhD student. She comes to us from the Cal Academy, and has research and management experience in East Africa. She is interested in using an integrated approach to human-wildlife conflict analysis, including spatial analyses, behavioral ecology, and stakeholder input, to determine best practices for community-based human-wildlife conflict mitigation in wildlife dispersal areas in East Africa.  Christine is also part of the first cohort of students in the new NSF-funded project on campus Data Science for the 21st Century: Environment and Society (DS421). Christine's webpage.

Current Visiting Students

Marcelo Bueno de Abreu

Marcelo is a doctoral student from the Geography Department at Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil visits us for a one year period. He has been awarded a Science Without Borders Scholarship to work with object-based image analysis of Brazilian and Californian landscapes. 

Undergraduate Students

None at this time.


Stefania Di Tommaso

Stefania has returned from Italy. She has a Master’s degree in Telecommunications Engineering (Politecnico di Bari), where she worked on change detection techinques using SAR data. She also has a Post Master degree  course in satellite remote sensing technologies. She was working with us on the wetland carbon capture project, and she will now be working on our SNAMP project.

Postdoctoral Scholars

Alice Kelly

Alice, former ESPM grad, is a NSF SEES Postdoctoral Fellow working in collaboration with Maggi Kelly and the National Park Service's Pacific West Regional Staff; Alice seeks to use historical and contemporary data to understand the spatial distribution of resource related (e.g. poaching) and non-resource related (e.g. murder) crime in the Pacific West's national parks and monuments; Using a political ecology approach, Alice also seeks to understand the biophysical, social, and political economic drivers and impacts of crime in these areas; Alice hopes that understanding not only where crime occurs, but also the structural reasons why crime occurs on National Park Service lands will allow natural resource managers to identify and address the root causes of these crimes; She also hopes that this study will allow National Park Service Staff to be better able to predict where crimes will happen and why, allowing them to target their crime prevention and law enforcement resources. Alice's website.