Maggi Kelly - Professor and Cooperative Extension Specialist

Maggi has been at UC Berkeley since 1999 as a Professor and Cooperative Extension Specialist. Her working life is dedicated to all things geospatial. She loves maps! She works to bringing cutting-edge mapping technology, training, and research support to the ANR and UC network of students, staff, faculty, and the public. Her group of students, staff, and postdocs (from UC Berkeley and UCANR) use a range of geospatial analysis approaches using data from numerous sources - spatial models, remote sensing, drones, lidar, historical archives, surveys, participatory mapping, and the field - to gain insights about how and why California landscapes are changing, and what that change means for those who live on, use, cherish, and manage our lands. The spatial data science field is evolving quickly, and Maggi actively works to build community around applied geospatial research and outreach locally at UC Berkeley and across the state. She is Faculty Director of the UCB Geospatial Innovation Facility (GIF) and Director of the ANR Statewide Program in Informatics and Geographic Information Systems (IGIS), both of which are dedicated to research, outreach and service in support of applied geospatial data and analysis.


Christine Wilkinson - PhD Student

Christine Wilkinson is a National Geographic Explorer and NSF Fellow whose research interests include multidisciplinary mapping, human-wildlife conflict, carnivore movement ecology, and participatory methods. She has spent several years working in conservation biology and natural resource management around the USA and in East Africa. Before attending UC Berkeley, Christine was an informal educator who piloted and implemented dynamic programs for teens and young adults at the California Academy of Sciences and in Uganda. During her experiences as an educator, she has developed a passion for conducting applied participatory research and for empowering community-created solutions to our world’s conservation challenges. For her current research, Christine is using remote sensing and GIS analyses in conjunction with participatory mapping to understand landscape permeability for carnivores, the dynamics of livestock predation instances and perceived human-hyena conflict risk, and the intersection between human and carnivore resource needs in and around Lake Nakuru National Park, Kenya. 


Chippie Kislik - PhD Student

Chippie Kislik is fascinated by the applications of remote sensing in water quality analysis and resource management. As a previous manager of the DEVELOP Program at the NASA Ames Research Center, as well as a Fulbright researcher in Ecuador, Chippie has utilized satellite imagery and GIS to conduct studies related to harmful algal blooms, forest health, and fire risk. Chippie’s current research focuses on how unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs, also known as drones) can detect water stress in vegetation and floating algae in freshwater systems of California. She completed her Bachelor’s degree at UC Berkeley as a Conservation and Resource Studies major and Geospatial Information Science and Technology minor, and has returned to Cal for more. She is a recipient of the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP), and a member of the NSF-funded Data Science for the 21st Century (DS421) program. Chippie enjoys engaging in environmental education, as well as hiking, whistling, speaking Spanish, and watching a good Coen brothers film. 


Annie Taylor - PhD Student

Annie is an ecologist, applied conservationist, and integrative geographer. She has worked extensively in Google Earth Engine, a powerful remote sensing API, to study ecosystem change over time and space. Annie comes to us after three years as a GIS Analyst at Peninsula Open Space Trust, an environmental nonprofit working to conserve parks, farmland, and open spaces in the Bay Area. She has also partnered with The Nature Conservancy’s California chapter to conduct research analyzing forest mortality on Santa Cruz Island in the California Channel Islands. Prior to that, she spent four years in Vermont at Middlebury College where she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Biology with a minor Spanish language. She is dedicated to applying her skills in remote sensing, ecology, and GIS to study the earth and promote environmental justice.


Jie Pei - Visiting Student

Jie is a visiting student researcher from University of Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing. He is interested in analyzing environmental change using remote sensing and other geospatial data. The human-environment nexus is his primary research focus. Currently, he is working on tracking and attributing vegetation dynamics in karst landscapes of southwest China using time-series satellite imagery. He also has tremendous interest in cultural exchange between the United States and China.


Yinan He - Postdoctoral Scholar

Yinan He is an environmental geographer and interdisciplinary scholar specializing in the application of signal information science, remote sensing and geospatial science in natural environment management at broad scales. He will be joining the California Heartbeat Initiative team with Todd Dawson, David Ackerly, and Maggi Kelly as a postdoctoral fellow, with a focus on freshwater resources and ecological and hydrological change detection. Yinan’s expertise is focused on utilizing multi-sensor remote sensing (e.g., LiDAR, high-spatial resolution, and hyperspectral data), spatial analysis/modeling, and innovative techniques (e.g., GEOBIA and machine learning) to understand the human-environment interaction between the geographic phenomena and dynamic patterns presented in our landscape. Yinan is committed to increasing our understanding of the interacting environmental disturbances (i.e., plant disease and wildfire) in forest ecosystems through remote sensing technology. In addition, Yinan is also interested in using remote sensing and GIS for a greater understanding of wetland functional assessment (i.e., hydrology, water quality, and habitat). Yinan earned a bachelor’s degree in information engineering, a master’s degree in photogrammetry and remote sensing in China. He completed his Ph.D. in geography in UNC Charlotte.


Former Kellylab Graduate Students (15)

  • Kelly Easterday, PhD. ESPM-UCB. 2018. “Historical legacies shape contemporary forests and woodlands: a study of California landscapes integrating historical and modern ecological data

  • Jenny Palomino, PhD. ESPM-UCB. Co-Advisor (with M Potts). 2018. “Spatial Data Science for addressing environmental challenges in the 21st century

  • Anu Kramer, PhD. ESPM-UCB. Co-Advisor (with Scott Stephens). 2016: “Not seeing the forest for the points: Novel LiDAR metrics elucidate forest structure

  • Shufei Lei, PhD. ESPM-UCB. Co-Advisor (with Alastair Illes). 2014: "Mapping Webs of Information, Conversation, and Social Connections: Evaluating the Mechanics of Collaborative Adaptive Management in the Sierra Nevada Forests

  • Miriam Tsalyuk, PhD. ESPM-UCB. Co-Advisor (with Wayne Getz). 2014: “The Effect of Landscape Parameters on African Elephants (Loxodonta africana) Movement Decisions”

  • Sarah Lewis, PhD. ESPM-UCB. Advisor. 2013: “Geospatial strategies to optimize placement of advanced biofuels in marginal landscapes

  • Marek Jakubowski, PhD. ESPM-UCB. Advisor. 2012: “Using lidar in wildfire ecology of the California Sierra-Nevada forests

  • Lisa Schile, PhD. ESPM-UCB. Advisor. 2012: “Tidal Wetland Vegetation in the San Francisco Bay Estuary: Modeling Species Distributions with Sea-Level Rise

  • Shasta Ferranto, PhD. ESPM-UCB. Co-Advisor (with Lynn Huntsinger). 2012: “Land use change in the working landscapes of California

  • Esther Zeledon, PhD. ESPM-UCB. Advisor. 2010: “The Effect of War and Its Aftermath on Land Use and Land Cover in Jinotega Nicaragua

  • Tim DeChant, PhD. ESPM-UCB. Advisor. 2009: “Merging tree physiology and landscape ecology: examining the effects of urbanization on California’s oak woodlands

  • Karin Tuxen, Ph.D. ESPM-UCB. Advisor. 2007: “Functional mapping of wetland vegetation for monitoring and management

  • Desheng Liu, Ph.D. ESPM-UCB. Advisor. 2006: “Spatio-temporal modeling and mapping of Sudden Oak Death in California

  • Qinghua Guo, Ph.D. ESPM-UCB. Co-Advisor (with J. Battles). 2005: “Development of geospatial techniques for ecological analysis: A case study of Sudden Oak Death in California

  • Kristin Byrd, PhD. ESPM-UCB. Advisor. 2005: “Temporal and Spatial Linkages between Watershed Land Use and Wetland Vegetation Response in the Elkhorn Slough Watershed, Monterey County, California

Former Kellylab Postdoctoral Scholars

  • Alice Kelly 2013-2016; Patrick McIntyre 2012-2014; Jessica O’Connell 2012-2013; Feng Zhao 2010-2012; Lina Cao 2010-2011; Oliver Sonnentag 2008-2011

Former Kellylab Masters Students

  • Matt Wacker, M.S. ESPM-UCB. Graduate Advisor. Graduated Fall 2002. Thesis: “Land use vegetation change on El Dorado County, CA rangelands: implications for rangeland conservation.” Currently Land Steward at Marin Agricultural Land Trust

  • Travis Freed, M. S. ESPM-UCB. Co-Advisor (with S. Stephens)

Former Kellylab Undergraduate Students

  • Sophie Kolding, Jonah Lipsitt, John Dingman, Susan Nawbury, Andrea Kristof, Daniel Song

Former Kellylab Visitors

  • Proxima DasMohapatra, Ovidiu Csillik, Lauren Heumann, Jose Pena-Barragan, Celia Garcia, Alessandro Montaghi, Ken-ichi Ueda, Oscar Fernandez-Manso, Travis Freed, Faith Kearns, Javier Lozano, Wanxiao Sun

Former Kellylab Staff

  • Stefania Di Tomasso, Jason Su, Sam Blanchard, John Connors, Brent Pedersen, Casey Cleve, Elsie Windes, Julian Metcalf, Mindy Syfert, Lauren McGee, Eric Waller, David Shaari, Henna Chou