• "Biodiversity Science" - Prof. Jeannine Cavender-Bares, University  of Minnesota
  • "Remote Sensing Physics and Measurements" - Prof. Kyle McDonald, CCNY-CUNY/JPL
  • "Imaging Spectroscopy from Space" - Prof. Phil Townsend, University of Wisconsin
  • "Species Distribution Modeling" - Dr. Robert Guralnick, Florida Museum of Natural History
  • "Biodiversity Policy and Assessing Progress Toward Policy Goals" - Dr. Gary Geller, JPL


Biodiversity science integrates processes across varying temporal and spatial scales. The use of remote sensing techniques utilizing datasets from Earth-orbiting satellites to characterize and monitor biodiversity across broad, remote and logistically challenging ecosystems is emerging as a promising approach for supporting biodiversity assessment with the potential for significant breakthroughs in associated biological and Earth sciences. This short course will cover fundamentals of biodiversity science, associated biological concepts, and species distribution modeling, and will discuss the utility of remote sensing measurements for supporting biodiversity science. Remote sensing technologies discussed include imaging spectroscopy, microwave sensors, lidar, and SIF. The course provides an introduction to critical fundamental concepts and technologies for science policy as related to biodiversity science.

An informal lunch will follow for all attendees. Seating is limited and is first come, first served.

Short Course Presentations

Jeannine Cavender-Bares
University  of Minnesota
Biodiversity Science
(223 MB .pdf)
Kyle McDonald
Remote Sensing Physics and Measurements
(6 MB .pdf)
Phil Townsend
University of Wisconsin
Imaging Spectroscopy from Space
(146 MB .pdf)
Robert Guralnick
Florida Museum of Natural History
Species Distribution Modeling
(3.8 MB .pdf)
Gary Geller
Biodiversity Policy and Assessing Progress Towards Policy Goals
(2.27 MB .pdf)