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.


Seminars are currently being scheduled virtually due to the coronavirus pandemic.


Previous seminars

DateSeminar TitleSpeakerTitleAffiliation
Wednesday December 1, 2021From film to pixels and 3-dimensional maps: An introduction to Sewall Company’s aerial photograph collection at Fogler LibraryPaul Smitherman & Dave SandilandsLibrary Special Collections Specialist | Aerial Survey Pilot & Remote Sensing TechnicianFogler Library & Wheatland Geospatial Lab
Wednesday November 17, 2021Practical drone applications in cultural and natural resource managementStefan ClaessonPrincipal, Certified UAS Mapping ScientistNearview, LLC
Wednesday September 22, 2021Maine’s landscape of light: studying ecology from ground and skyPeter NelsonForest Ecology Program DirectorSchoodic Institute
Wednesday May 12, 2021LiDAR Enhanced Forest Inventory – DemystifiedTony GuayRemote Sensing Specialist & InstructorWheatland Geospatial Lab | School of Forest Resources | University of Maine
Wednesday April 14, 2021Seeing leaf spectra in light of evolutionJose Eduardo MeirelesAssistant Professor of Plant Evolution and SystematicsSchool of Biology and Ecology | University of Maine
Wednesday November 18, 2020

Spectroscopy of plants – What light spectra can tell us about functional, taxonomic, and phylogenetic plant biodiversity

Anna K. SchweigerPostdoctoral ResearcherUniversity of Zurich & Université de Montréal
Wednesday November 4, 2020

Leveraging High Resolution Forest Inventory and Satellites to Predict Fire Damage Severity at the Micro-Stand Level

Cassidy RankineDirector of Remote SensingHigh Resolution Inventory Solutions (HRIS)
Wednesday October 14, 2020

Moving Beyond Enhanced Forest Inventory: Accelerating the Digitalization of the Forest Value-Chain

Adam DickForest Research Project LeaderCanadian Wood Fibre Centre | Canadian Forest Service
Wednesday April 17, 2019Foliar Traits and Ecosystem Function at Broad Spatial Scales using NEON and NASA Imaging SpectroscopyPhil TownsendProfessorDepartment of Forest and Wildlife Ecology | University of Wisconsin
Wednesday April 3, 2019Finding Maine’s Smallest Wetlands: Remote sensing, LiDAR, and the Elusive Vernal PoolJustin SchlawinEcologistMaine Natural Areas Program
Wednesday March 13, 2019Monitoring current and future forest carbon stores in the northwestern USA from Landsat time series, airborne lidar, and inventory plot dataAndrew HudakResearch ForesterResearch and Development | USDA Forest Service
Wednesday February 6, 2019Forest inventories for New England, derived using airborne laser scanning (LiDAR) and artificial intelligenceElias AyreyPhD CandidateSchool of Forest Resources | University of Maine
Friday December 7, 2018UMaine Intelligent GeoSolutions: high-value, low-cost geoinformatics for the management and study of complex landscapesKasey LegaardAssistant Research ProfessorCenter for Research on Sustainable Forests & School of Forest Resources | University of Maine
Friday November 30, 2018The Drones are HereJarlath O’Neil-DunneDirectorSpatial Analysis Laboratory | University of Vermont & USDA Forest Service
Friday November 9, 2018Adaptive management and planning for the conservation of species in a changing climateJiban Chandra DebPostdoctoral FellowForestry and Environmental Management | University of New Brunswick
Friday October 12, 2018Process-based modeling of spruce budworm dispersal and disturbanceBrian SturtevantResearch Landscape EcologistNorthern Research Station | USDA Forest Service
Wednesday May 2, 2018Hierarchical models for sparsely sampled high-dimensional LiDAR and forest variables: An interior Alaska FIA case studyAndrew FinleyAssociate Professor of Forest Management and ModelingDepartments of Forestry & Geography | Michigan State University
Wednesday April 25, 2018State of the Carbon Cycle of North AmericaRichard BirdseySenior ScientistWoods Hole Research Center
Wednesday April 18, 2018Remote sensing techniques for detection and diagnosis of vegetation stress or damageParinaz RahimzadehAssistant Research Professor of Remote SensingSchool of Forest Resources | University of Maine
Wednesday March 28, 2018Using ALS and Space LiDARs for Forest InventoryRoss NelsonPhysical ScientistEarth Sciences | NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Wednesday December 6, 2017Wow..I didn’t know remote sensing could do that!Nicholas CoopsAssociate Dean, Research and Innovation & Canada Research Chair in Remote SensingUniversity of British Columbia
Friday November 17, 2017Applying Spatial Ecology to Ecosystem Management of the Northern Sierra NevadaMatthew JohnsonUSDA Forest Service
Wednesday November 15, 2017Designing a climate-resilient conservation network for reptiles and amphibians in the northeastern United StatesCynthia LoftinUnit Leader & Associate Professor of Wildlife EcologyUSGS Maine Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit & Dept. of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Conservation Biology | University of Maine
Wednesday October 18, 2017Is terrestrial net primary production a planetary boundary for the carbon cycle?Steven RunningRegents Professor of EcologyUniversity of Montana
Wednesday October 4, 2017An overview of research progress on NASA’s Arctic Boreal Vulnerability Experiment (ABoVE)Scott GoetzProfessorSchool of Informatics, Computing and Cyber Systems | Northern Arizona University
Wednesday September 13, 2017Carbon cycle complexity on land and in the air: Challenges and solutionsKenneth DavisProfessor of MeteorologyPenn State
Wednesday April 19, 2017Adoption of Carbon Credit Programs among SFI Participants in MaineAlison TruesdaleCoordinatorKeeping Maine’s Forests
Wednesday March 22, 2017Earth’s Dynamic Forests: Pushing the Limits of Change Detectability with Remote SensingWarren CohenProfessorOregon State University
Wednesday February 22, 2017The Future of US Forest Service Research and Development in Northern ForestsChristopher WoodallProject LeaderNorthern Forest Science and Applications – Northern Research Station | USDA Forest Service
Wednesday November 30, 2016Lidar-based Forest Inventory: From the Stand Level to the GlobeSean HealeyResearch EcologistRocky Mountain Research Station | USDA Forest Service
Friday November 4, 2016Progress Towards Understanding the Magnitude of the Permafrost Carbon FeedbackDave McGuireSenior Scientist & Professor of EcologyUSGS Alaska Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit & University of Alaska Fairbanks
Wednesday October 26, 2016Canopy reflectance, carbon assimilation and mysteries lurking in the light we cannot seeScott OllingerProfessor of Natural Resources and Earth System ScienceUniversity of New Hampshire
Wednesday October 12, 2016What is Lidar and how can we use it for Natural Resource ManagementBrent MitchellLidar Specialist & Contract LeaderRedCastle Resources, Inc.
Wednesday September 21, 2016Drones, Lasers and Images: Remote Sensing to Manage Hardwoods Better at the Northern Hardwoods Research InstituteEduardo BittencourtResearch Chair in Precision ForestryNorthern Hardwoods Research Institute
Wednesday September 7, 2016Maine’s Geographic Information: Past, Present, and FutureJoseph YoungDirectorMaine Office of GIS & Maine Library of Geographic Information
Thursday May 5, 2016Improving Fire Behavior Modeling through Remote SensingScott GoodrickResearch MeteorologistSouthern Research Station | USDA Forest Service