“More Crop Per Drop”:
Advancing Food Security Decision
Support Using Remote Sensing
Dr. Michael Marshall, Mendenhall Research Fellow,
Southwest Geographic Science Team, USGS
Monday, November 19 at 4:00 p.m.
MacMillan Hall, Room 115
Michael is broadly interested in how coupled land surface-atmospheric processes impact agrarian society. He received a B.S. in physics from UCSD and then served as a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer in Tanzania. Before completing an M.A. in Environmental Science and Policy at Clark University, he received a Fulbright Fellowship to evaluate the socioeconomic impacts of climate change on the spread of malaria and cholera around Lake Victoria. He received his Ph.D. in Geography from UC Santa Barbara in 2010.
His dissertation titled, Modeling Evapotranspiration in sub-Saharan Africa: A Tool for Food Security Analysis synthesized remote sensing and land surface reanalysis to estimate evapotranspiration. He was recently awarded a Mendenhall Research Fellowship through the U.S. Geological Survey to combine ground, hyper- spatial and spectral remote sensing, and ancillary spatial data to estimate and evaluate crop water productivity for key crops in the Central Valley of California.