Outreach and events
Wheatland Seminar Series
The Barbara Wheatland Seminar Series seeks to recruit prominent speakers on advanced, cutting-edge research and applications of geospatial science and technology as they relate to forestry, conservation, climate change, and other areas of concern with the natural world.
The Barbara Wheatland Geospatial Seminar Series is supported by a grant from the Maine Timberlands Charitable Trust.
Upcoming seminars are currently being rescheduled for fall 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Date Seminar Title Speaker Title Affiliation Wednesday April 17, 2019 Foliar Traits and Ecosystem Function at Broad Spatial Scales using NEON and NASA Imaging Spectroscopy Phil Townsend Professor Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology | University of Wisconsin Wednesday April 3, 2019 Finding Maine’s Smallest Wetlands: Remote sensing, LiDAR, and the Elusive Vernal Pool Justin Schlawin Ecologist Maine Natural Areas Program Wednesday March 13, 2019 Monitoring current and future forest carbon stores in the northwestern USA from Landsat time series, airborne lidar, and inventory plot data Andrew Hudak Research Forester Research and Development | USDA Forest Service Wednesday February 6, 2019 Forest inventories for New England, derived using airborne laser scanning (LiDAR) and artificial intelligence Elias Ayrey PhD Candidate School of Forest Resources | University of Maine Friday December 7, 2018 UMaine Intelligent GeoSolutions: high-value, low-cost geoinformatics for the management and study of complex landscapes Kasey Legaard Assistant Research Professor Center for Research on Sustainable Forests & School of Forest Resources | University of Maine Friday November 30, 2018 The Drones are Here Jarlath O’Neil-Dunne Director Spatial Analysis Laboratory | University of Vermont & USDA Forest Service Friday November 9, 2018 Adaptive management and planning for the conservation of species in a changing climate Jiban Chandra Deb Postdoctoral Fellow Forestry and Environmental Management | University of New Brunswick Friday October 12, 2018 Process-based modeling of spruce budworm dispersal and disturbance Brian Sturtevant Research Landscape Ecologist Northern Research Station | USDA Forest Service Wednesday May 2, 2018 Hierarchical models for sparsely sampled high-dimensional LiDAR and forest variables: An interior Alaska FIA case study Andrew Finley Associate Professor of Forest Management and Modeling Departments of Forestry & Geography | Michigan State University Wednesday April 25, 2018 State of the Carbon Cycle of North America Richard Birdsey Senior Scientist Woods Hole Research Center Wednesday April 18, 2018 Remote sensing techniques for detection and diagnosis of vegetation stress or damage Parinaz Rahimzadeh Assistant Research Professor of Remote Sensing School of Forest Resources | University of Maine Wednesday March 28, 2018 Using ALS and Space LiDARs for Forest Inventory Ross Nelson Physical Scientist Earth Sciences | NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Wednesday December 6, 2017 Wow..I didn’t know remote sensing could do that! Nicholas Coops Associate Dean, Research and Innovation & Canada Research Chair in Remote Sensing University of British Columbia Friday November 17, 2017 Applying Spatial Ecology to Ecosystem Management of the Northern Sierra Nevada Matthew Johnson USDA Forest Service Wednesday November 15, 2017 Designing a climate-resilient conservation network for reptiles and amphibians in the northeastern United States Cynthia Loftin Unit Leader & Associate Professor of Wildlife Ecology USGS Maine Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit & Dept. of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Conservation Biology | University of Maine Wednesday October 18, 2017 Is terrestrial net primary production a planetary boundary for the carbon cycle? Steven Running Regents Professor of Ecology University of Montana Wednesday October 4, 2017 An overview of research progress on NASA’s Arctic Boreal Vulnerability Experiment (ABoVE) Scott Goetz Professor School of Informatics, Computing and Cyber Systems | Northern Arizona University Wednesday September 13, 2017 Carbon cycle complexity on land and in the air: Challenges and solutions Kenneth Davis Professor of Meteorology Penn State Wednesday April 19, 2017 Adoption of Carbon Credit Programs among SFI Participants in Maine Alison Truesdale Coordinator Keeping Maine’s Forests Wednesday March 22, 2017 Earth’s Dynamic Forests: Pushing the Limits of Change Detectability with Remote Sensing Warren Cohen Professor Oregon State University Wednesday February 22, 2017 The Future of US Forest Service Research and Development in Northern Forests Christopher Woodall Project Leader Northern Forest Science and Applications – Northern Research Station | USDA Forest Service Wednesday November 30, 2016 Lidar-based Forest Inventory: From the Stand Level to the Globe Sean Healey Research Ecologist Rocky Mountain Research Station | USDA Forest Service Friday November 4, 2016 Progress Towards Understanding the Magnitude of the Permafrost Carbon Feedback Dave McGuire Senior Scientist & Professor of Ecology USGS Alaska Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit & University of Alaska Fairbanks Wednesday October 26, 2016 Canopy reflectance, carbon assimilation and mysteries lurking in the light we cannot see Scott Ollinger Professor of Natural Resources and Earth System Science University of New Hampshire Wednesday October 12, 2016 What is Lidar and how can we use it for Natural Resource Management Brent Mitchell Lidar Specialist & Contract Leader RedCastle Resources, Inc. Wednesday September 21, 2016 Drones, Lasers and Images: Remote Sensing to Manage Hardwoods Better at the Northern Hardwoods Research Institute Eduardo Bittencourt Research Chair in Precision Forestry Northern Hardwoods Research Institute Wednesday September 7, 2016 Maine’s Geographic Information: Past, Present, and Future Joseph Young Director Maine Office of GIS & Maine Library of Geographic Information Thursday May 5, 2016 Improving Fire Behavior Modeling through Remote Sensing Scott Goodrick Research Meteorologist Southern Research Station | USDA Forest Service