Ecological modeling remote sensing, forest ecology
Before this most recent appointment as a visiting scientist at GESTAR, Dr. Amanda H. Armstrong was a postdoctoral research fellow in the Biospheric Sciences Lab at NASA GSFC with the NASA Postdocotral Program (administered by Oak Ridge Associated Universities). Her research applied methods in remote sensing and economic research in conjunction with ecological modeling applications to track and project patterns of land use change associated with staple food markets on the island nation of Madagascar. Amanda received her Doctorate in Environmental Sciences in 2009 from the University of Virginia with a focus on forest ecology of tropical rainforests. After her Ph.D, she was an adjunct assistant professor of environmental studies at Washington and Lee University for one year before accepting a postdoctoral research associate position at the University of Maryland in 2011. Her previous research fellowship at UMD was focused on scaling down an large scale ecosystem model as part of year one of the NASA Carbon Monitoring Systems (CMS) program in 2011.