Susan Meerdink, Remote Sensing PhD Candidate

Visualization and Image Processing for Environmental Research (VIPER) Lab

Department of Geography

University of California Santa Barbara

3611 Ellison Hall, Santa Barbara, CA 93106, USA

Email: susanmeerdink@geog.ucsb.edu or susan.meerdink@gmail.com

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/susan-meerdink/

Git repositories: https://github.com/susanmeerdink and https://gitlab.com/susanmeerdink


I study the ability to map plant species across seasons in the dynamic and diverse Southern California Mediterranean ecosystem. I use various technologies to study plant health across environmental gradients and physiology's effect on optical properties of plant species. I am broadly trained in plant physiology, remote sensing, and ecosystem science. My research leverages a number of tools including novel quantitative methods, land surface temperature, and leaf and imaging spectroscopy in the optical and thermal domain.


  • M.A. Geography, University of California Santa Barbara, 2014
  • B.S. Geographical Information Science, University of Northern Iowa, 2012
  • B.A. Ecology and Systematics Honors Research, University of Northern Iowa, 2012