Chippie Kislik

Chippie Kislik will be joining us in Fall 2017. Chippie is fascinated by coastal land and water management, freshwater resource usage, and how climatic variation will affect water quality in Latin America and California. As previous manager of the DEVELOP Program at the NASA Ames Research Center, as well as a Fulbright researcher in Ecuador, Chippie has utilized remote sensing and GIS to conduct projects related to forest health, fire risk, and harmful algal blooms. Chippie’s research will focus on coastal vulnerability of marine and estuarine populations due to water quality issues in the upcoming century. 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. In June 2018, she will join the third cohort of students in the NSF-funded Data Science for the 21st Century (DS421) program. Chippie enjoys hiking, whistling, playing tennis, and speaking Spanish, and she always loves a good Coen brothers film. 


Kelly Easterday

Kelly is interested in protected land conservation, climate change, and historical ecology. Global climate change and associated increases in the frequency and severity of disturbance events (e.g. flood, fire and disease) will play a defining role in the future of California’s landscapes. Historical data can help inform ranges of variability, thresholds, and triggers that influence the outcome of today’s landscapes. Such research is critical to helping land managers maintain resilient landscapes and better prepare for the future. My research proposes to use historical vegetation maps and field data from the Wieslander Vegetation Type Mapping project  in concert with modern resurveys and remotely sensed classified vegetation maps.


Jenny Palomino

Jenny is interested in GIS technologies, land use and land cover change analysis, and spatial planning of multi-use landscapes. Jenny is co-advised withMatthew Potts. I spend much of my time writing scripts to geoprocess spatial data in Python and R as well as administering PostgreSQL databases (with and without PostGIS). My dissertation focuses on understanding how landscapes within National Park Service (NPS) units in the Pacific West Region are influenced by surrounding areas. There are many spatial datasets critical to understanding these dynamics, including access (e.g., roads and trails entering park units), adjacent landownership and land use (e.g., public/private, size), adjacent population dynamics and social-economic characteristics, and biogeographic characteristics of the parks.


Christine Wilkinson

Christine 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). 


Former Kellylab Graduate Students

  • Anu Kramer, ESPM-UCB. Co-Advisor (with Scott Stephens). Graduated May 2016: “Not seeing the forest for the points: Novel LiDAR metrics elucidate forest structure”
  • Shufei Lei, ESPM-UCB. Co-Advisor (with Alastair Illes). Graduated December 2014: "Mapping Webs of Information, Conversation, and Social Connections: Evaluating the Mechanics of Collaborative Adaptive Management in the Sierra Nevada Forests”
  • Miriam Tsalyuk, ESPM-UCB. Co-Advisor (with Wayne Getz). Graduated Summer 2014: “The Effect of Landscape Parameters on African Elephants (Loxodonta africana) Movement Decisions”
  • Sarah Lewis, ESPM-UCB. Advisor. Graduated Summer 2013: “Geospatial strategies to optimize placement of advanced biofuels in marginal landscapes”
  • Marek Jakubowski, ESPM-UCB. Advisor. Graduated December 2012: “Using lidar in wildfire ecology of the California Sierra-Nevada forests”
  • Lisa Schile, ESPM-UCB.  Advisor. Graduated December 2012: “Tidal Wetland Vegetation in the San Francisco Bay Estuary: Modeling Species Distributions with Sea-Level Rise”
  • Shasta Ferranto, ESPM-UCB. Co-Advisor (with Lynn Huntsinger). Graduated Spring 2012: “Land use change in the working landscapes of California”
  • Esther Zeledon, ESPM-UCB. Advisor. Graduated Summer 2010: “The Effect of War and Its Aftermath on Land Use and Land Cover in Jinotega Nicaragua”
  • Tim DeChant, PhD. ESPM-UCB. Advisor. Graduated Spring 2009: “Merging tree physiology and landscape ecology: examining the effects of urbanization on California’s oak woodlands”
  • Karin Tuxen, Ph.D. ESPM-UCB. Advisor. Graduated: Spring 2007: “Functional mapping of wetland vegetation for monitoring and management”
  • Desheng Liu, Ph.D. ESPM-UCB. Advisor. Graduated Summer 2006: “Spatio-temporal modeling and mapping of Sudden Oak Death in California”
  • Qinghua Guo, Ph.D. ESPM-UCB. Co-Advisor (with J. Battles). Graduated Summer 2005: “Development of geospatial techniques for ecological analysis: A case study of Sudden Oak Death in California”
  • Kristin Byrd, PhD. ESPM-UCB. Advisor. Graduated Spring 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