Welcome to the kellylab page!

Our motto is "mapping for a changing California", and we use a range of mapping techniques - remote sensing, object-based image analysis, geospatial modeling, lidar analysis, participatory mapping, web visualization, and field-based monitoring - to answer applied questions about how and why California landscapes are changing, and what that means for the people who live on, derive sustenance from, and manage them. Here you will find information on people in our lab, our projects, and some connections to other groups and sites of interest. For more on geospatial technology on campus, check out the geospatial innovation facility (GIF) and the GIS@Berkeley website. Enjoy, check out the blog, and stay in touch.


What we are working on this semester...

We have many things on the hot deck this fall, as well as some important transitions with staff and students. Among other things, we are working on...

Fun in Spatial Data Science

This semester sees the kick-off of several exciting initiatives that revolve around developing capacity for excellence in spatial data science and mapping:

  • Environment and Society: Data Science for the 21st Century (DS421) is a new National Science Foundation Research Traineeship (NRT) interdisciplinary graduate training program at UC Berkeley at the interface of data, social and natural sciences. We kick off in September!
  • Google @ the GIF, a Geospatial Technology Workshop in August at the Geospatial Innovation Facility led by instructors from Google Earth Outreach and Google Earth Engine, to teach highly practical tools which can be used to collect, host, analyze, visualize, and publish map data using the power of the cloud.
  • GIS Day, in November in Mulford Hall, and 
  • Bootcamp on ESRI Open Source Mapping tools in December, most likely. 

Stay tuned to this website and the GIF!


Our nearly 10 year project to establish an adaptive management process in the Sierra Nevada is coming to an end this year. We have learned so much, and our final report is complete and being reviewed by stakeholders, partners and other peer scientists. SNAMP has taught me personally so much, and given grist for the very talented mills of several students, most notably Shufei Lei (PhD 2014) and Marek Jakubowski (PhD 2012). The connections we have made through the decade of work will be ongoing. 

VTM collection

Like old maps? Have we got a project for you... For more than 10 years now I have been working on and obsessed with the maps and data from the Wieslander Vegetation Type Mapping project. The original collection has been digitized, and both the analog and digital version are finally being reunited under the auspices of HOLOS

IGIS Program

IGIS is a new ANR Statewide Program established in 2012 to provide geospatial support, software, data and training to the ANR continuum.  We are interested in developing, delivering and using data-driven geospatial tools for effective decision-making across the ANR Strategic Initiatives. Our fall 2015 Training series, coordinated with the GIF, is here. IGIS is also working on developing databases gathered from "dark"-ish sources found at our Research and Extension Centers across the state. 

GIS coordination on campus

I have been working across campus to coordinate geospatial education at Berkeley. Currently, we now have a Minor and Graduate Certificate in Geographic Information Science and Technology:

Owls and Lidar, and more broadly remote sensing of owl habitat

What is the best way to map owl habitat? Owls need canopy cover, moderate tree sizes, and large residual trees. What is the best way to map these forest characteristics over large scales? We are working with the Forest Service owl biologists to understand how owls use Sierra Nevada forests. Stefania Di Tomasso is part of this effort, and collaborating with Anu Kramer.