Susan Meerdink, PhD 

Visualization and Image Processing for Environmental Research (VIPER) Lab

Department of Geography

University of California Santa Barbara

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.


  • Ph.D. Geography, University of California Santa Barbara, 2018
  • 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