News Archive

Posted: 11.21.2013

PLOS paper published

Dr. Shruti Khanna's paper with the title  “Detection of Salt Marsh Vegetation Stress and Recovery after the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill in Barataria Bay Gulf of Mexico Using AVIRIS Data” was recently published in PLOS ONE and is available online at

Posted: 11.06.2013

Celebrate GIS Day 2013

November 20th is "GIS Day" to promote awareness of GIS software and applications. There are several events held throughout the country. One in Sacramento and another at UC Davis. Come and check one or both events out and promote GIS.  

Posted: 10.16.2013

New Award

CSTARS team, PI's Susan Ustin and Alex Koltunov, have been awarded a $500,000 contract from USDA Forest Service to conduct a multi-sensor remote sensing investigation of California's third-largest wildfire in history, Rim fire in the north-east corner of Yosemite National Park. The Rim fire started on Aug 17, 2013 and burned more than 400 square miles until it was nearly contained on September 30th, 2013.  In this way, CSTARS research will play a critical role in informing post-fire ecosystem restoration and more effective prevention of future catastrophic wildfires. 

Posted: 10.25.2012

Alex Koltunov and Tao Cheng highlighted in ASPRS Newsletter

Alex Koltunov and Tao Cheng of CSTARS have been highlighted in a published Northern California Region of ASPRS newsletter for their participation in the Fire Remote Sensing Technical Session held Augusth 8th 2012 at McClellan AFB near Sacramento CA.  Read the newsletter.  Learn more about ASPRS.

Posted: 08.30.2012

Second Lake Tahoe eMAS sensor overflight occurred Thursday August 30 2012

Field crews were back at Lake Tahoe on Thursday August 30 2012 to support the eMAS sensor overflight at Lake Tahoe.  Sun photometer and radio sonde measurements were acquired from shore as well as lake water temperature, thermal and radiometer surface reflectance measurements near the center of the lake near buoy TB4.

Posted: 08.30.2012

First Lake Tahoe eMAS sensor overflight occurred Tuesday August 28 2012

Posted: 08.20.2012

Our own graduate team student Jenna Rodriguez received the 2012 W.D. Farr Scholarships from the National Cattlemen's Foundation, it recognize superior achievements in academics and leadership. This award will allow Jenna  Rodriguez to continue her research in irrigation techniques and remote  sensing to address better water management and information in the state  of California and around the world (Chile and Australia at least). Take a  moment to read a brief summary of the ceremony award event in Denver  Colorado, and the press release with a short bio of her achivements, research and interest.

Posted: 10.06.2013

ASPRS Vice President Steve Barton

CSTARS technical staff Steve Barton has been elected as vice president of the Northern California region chapter of the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing.

Posted: 09.04.2014

2014 HyspIRI Science and Applications Workshop

California Institute of Technology, Pasadena California

October 14, 2014 starting at 8am to October 16, 2014, ending at 5pm

200 E California Blvd
Pasadena, CA 91125

The primary objective of this workshop will be to interact with the broad science and applications communities interested in imaging spectroscopy and thermal infrared measurements and review the past and planned activities of the HyspIRI mission concept, as called for by the National Research Council in the Decadal Survey: Earth Science and Applications from Space.

Posted: 09.10.2014

New NASA Probe Will Study Earth’s Forests in 3-D

Remote Agricultural UAV Sensing wins 2014 CITRIS Sustainability Award at UC Davis

The Remote Agricultural UAV Sensing project has won the 2014 CITRIS Sustainability Award at UC Davis. Led by Aerospace Engineering undergraduate students Robert Arlen, Guillermo Valdivia, David Kruger, with faculty mentor Dr. Susan Ustin, the group is designing and building a fixed-wing electric aircraft outfitted with lightweight terrestrial and environmental sensors. Their research project will test the feasibility and utility of micro-UAVs in sustainable agriculture. Remote on-board sensing equipment along with data collection software will monitor changes in soil-moisture content and plant stress over certain plots of land at the Agricultural Sustainability Institute’s (ASI) Russell Ranch Research Facility at UC Davis.

Collecting data between irrigation schedules will provide useful information on how and where water propagates throughout a field. By measuring plant growth behavior with varied natural precipitation and soil moisture content, the team can evaluate the risk of plant stress, improve sustainable management practices and ultimately increase crop yields. The UAV is designed for plug-and-play compatibility with other sensing instruments for a variety of useful applications over different agricultural areas in the California Central Valley and other regions.

The team will present their results and flying UAV at the UC Davis Engineering Design Showcase held in June 2015.

Posted: 02.20.2015

Ecology and Evolution Seminar :Landscape in transition? Climate change and disturbance regimes in Greater Yellowstone

Monica Turner will be giving the Ecology and Evolution Seminar (which is also a Major Issues in Modern Biology Seminar sponsored by the Storer Endowment) on Thursday February 26.The title is:  Landscape in transition? Climate change and disturbance regimes in Greater Yellowstone



Biographical Sketch


Monica G. Turner

(January 2015)


Dr. Monica G. Turner is the Eugene P. Odum Professor of Ecology in the Department of Zoology, University of Wisconsin-Madison. A native New Yorker, Turner received her BS in Biology in 1980 from Fordham University, Bronx, NY, graduating summa cum laude. She obtained her PhD in Ecology in 1985 from the University of Georgia (UGA), where she studied disturbances and ecosystem processes in a salt marsh on Cumberland Island National Seashort, Georgia. She completed a 2-yr postdoc at UGA working on a landscape-level study of change in the Georgia landscape. Turner spent seven years as a research scientist at Oak Ridge National Laboratory then joined the faculty of UW-Madison in 1994. Her research emphasizes causes and consequences of spatial heterogeneity in ecological systems, focusing primarily on forest ecosystem and landscape ecology. She has conducted research on disturbance regimes, vegetation dynamics, nutrient cycling, and climate change in Greater Yellowstone for over 25 years, including long-term studies of the 1988 Yellowstone Fires. Turner also studies land-water interactions in Wisconsin, effects of current and past land use on Southern Appalachian forest landscapes, and spatial patterns of ecosystem services.  She has published over 220 scientific papers; authored or edited six books, including Landscape Ecology in Theory and Practice; and is co-editor in chief of Ecosystems. Turner was elected to the US National Academy of Sciences in 2004, and she received both the ECI Prize in Terrestrial Ecology and the Ecological Society of America’s Robert H. MacArthur Award in 2008. She is currently President-elect of the Ecological Society of America.


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