The ability of ecosystems to provide sufficient resources and ecosystem services, such as clean water and air, is strongly influenced by plant health. The health of plants is adversely affected by a wide variety of unfavorable conditions that cause plant physiological functions to decline from their hypothetical optimum and cause plant stress. Though plant stress is a natural part of forest ecosystems there is mounting evidence that the frequency and severity of stress events might increase due to global climate change. My research interest is in developing remote sensing tools and techniques to offer timely, accurate, and cost-effective information for monitoring spatial and temporal dynamic plant health and guiding management decisions.
Eitel, J.U.H., Vierling, L.A., Litvak, M.E., Long, D.S., Schulthess, U., Ager, A.A., Krofcheck, D.J., Stoscheck, L. 2011. Broadband, red-edge information from satellites improves early stress detection in a New Mexico conifer woodland. Remote Sensing of Environment, 115, 3640-3646.