Live from the Field: Remote Sensing of Growth & Diversity

Bring researchers into your classroom and give students a window into the process of scientific inquiry. Join us for an informal chat with researchers examining how various forms of remote sensing can be used to study biodiversity and growth in California, Maine, and Pennsylvania. Find out who they are, how they got interested in this research, and the scientific questions they are asking. Instructor guide and event resources available. Watch recorded event here: Live from the Field: Remote Sensing of Growth & Diversity, April 1, 2021 *If you are an instructor who used this for your class, please take this short survey


Researchers from field stations across the country:

  • Fairfield Osborn Preserve, Center for Environmental Inquiry, Sonoma State University:  Matt Clark, Professor & Director, Center for Interdisciplinary Geospatial Analysis (CIGA), Department of Geography, Environment, & Planning
  • Powdermill Nature Reserve, Carnegie Museum of Natural History:  James Whitacre, GIS Research Scientist
  • Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park:  Hannah Webber, Marine Ecology Program Director 

Moderated by: John Wenzel, Director, Powdermill Nature Reserve, Carnegie Museum of Natural History


"Live from the Field" events are 50-minute events where researchers with three field sites describe their interests and research in 8-minute videos, then participants join a live moderated Q&A session with the researchers. Events are recorded for asynchronous instructional use, and available to all at

In this event, researchers will talk about their work on remote sensing & bioacoustics bird monitoring, measuring successional forest growth with drones and photogrammetry, and using drone technology to distinguish different macroalgae.

“Live from the Field” events are international collaborations led by the Center for Environmental Inquiry that give students virtual field experiences in ecosystems all over the world. Events are informal and open to everyone to generate opportunities to speak with researchers and develop a personal interest in doing research. All are welcome. For more information: Dr. Claudia Luke, Sonoma State University, sends e-mail)

How to Sign Up

Register at the link below. Each participant should register separately. Registration is free.

Event times listed are in Pacific Daylight Time.

This event is geared toward undergraduate level college students who have taken at least one Biology course, but all are welcome.

Zoom meeting details will be sent to you upon registration. If you have not used Zoom before, please allow time to download and install the application before the event. Please log-in a few minutes early.

About the Center

Sonoma State University’s Center for Environmental Inquiry empowers university students to work with community members on the environmental challenges of the North Bay. Our mission is to create an engaged and environmentally ready society, one where all people have the skills to find solutions to the challenges facing our earth. SSU Preserves are open to everyone engaged in education or research. Reservations are required.

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Thursday, April, 1, 2021, 10:00am to 11:00am