Who We Are

Lola Fatoyinbo, Ph.D. is a remote sensing research physical scientist at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) that collaborates on mangrove research and conservation initiatives. She is our fearless leader in Mangrove Science.

Current Members

Celio Resende De Sousa, Ph.D.

Celio is an Associate Research Scientist at NASA GSFC. He received his doctorate from Oregon State University in Forest Ecosystems & Society. His research focus is on using cloud-computing and multi-temporal/ multi-sensor data to characterize & quantify land cover extent & change in tropical regions along with its biophysical and socioeconomic impacts.

Nathan Thomas, Ph.D.

Nathan is a Assistant Research Scientist UMD/NASA Goddard. His research is focused on the remote sensing of land cover type, extent, and change in order to understand its relationship with ecosystem function, biomass, and carbon. He is interested in processing big datasets to generate country- and global-scale products so that they can play a role in policy design and implementation.

Atticus Stovall, Ph.D.

Atticus is a NASA Postdoctoral Program Fellow at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Atticus is working to understand the driving forces behind the three-dimensional architecture of forests, from the individual tree to the continental scale. Now, he is working directly with the GEDI science team to improve forest structure calibration with a global
database of laser scanning acquisitions

Liza Goldberg

Liza is a first-year student at Stanford University and a research assistant at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. Her research interests include remote sensing-based monitoring of global mangrove and wetland vulnerability. In collaboration with NASA & Google, she created an educational program called Cloud to Classroom that uses satellite imagery to make the science of global climate and environmental change simpler and more accessible.

Abigail Barenblitt

Abigail Barenblitt is our most recent addition to the team. As a research assistant, she creates tools for science communication through the development of Google Earth Engine programming tutorials and interactive map applications. She holds an M.S. in Wildlife & Fisheries Science and her M.S. research focused on the relationship between forest complexity and species richness of avian species of conservation concern.

Isamar Marie Cortés

Isamar is a current Ph.D. student at the Montclair State University Coastal Dynamics Lab and NASA Pre-Doctoral fellow in our lab. Her research focus is on climate change impacts on mangrove ecosystems in the Caribbean using a data fusion and numerical modeling approach. She is also a proud member of several organizations like GeoLatinas bringing her Latinx culture to the sciences.

Anthony Campbell, Ph.D

Anthony Campbell is a NASA Postdoctoral Fellow. He is conducting a global change analysis of salt marsh environments and quantifying the impact on carbon stocks. He is interested in applying remote sensing to understand how critical socio-ecological systems are changing.

Cheryl Doughty, Ph.D.

Cheryl is a NASA Postdoctoral Program Fellow through the Goddard Space Flight Center. She uses remote sensing to study how coastal salt marsh and mangrove ecosystems are responding to climate change across spatial scales. Her current research focus is high-resolution mapping in dynamic, climate-sensitive ecotones where tropical mangroves meet temperate salt marshes in order to capture changes in mangrove extent and structure that have implications for Blue Carbon.

Paulo Murillo, Ph.D

Paulo uses dense remote sensing time-series to assess & capture changes in landscapes associated with the complex co-evolution of natural and social systems. Using different change detection methods, he monitors agriculture systems, forest transitions, and their connection with socio-environmental issues such as armed conflict and illicit land activities.

Priscilla Baltezar

Priscilla is a Faculty Research Assistant with the University of Maryland and NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. Her research is focused on efficient land use and land cover monitoring methodologies for agricultural, coastal wetland, and forest carbon ecosystems. She is also passionate about diversity & inclusion in STEM as a member of NASA’s Hispanic Advisory Committee for Employees and GeoLatinas.

Carl C. Trettin, Ph.D.

 Dr. Trettin is a Supervisory Research Soil Scientist and Team Leader at the US Forest Service Southern Research Station under the Center for Forested Wetlands Research. He is concerned with carbon cycle science in forested wetlands.

Marc Simard, Ph.D.

Dr. Simard is a Senior Engineer in JPL’s Radar Science & Engineering Section. His research focuses on advancing radar and lidar remote sensing techniques to quantify 3D vegetation structure, biomass, and ecosystem richness.

David Lagomasino, Ph.D.

David is an Assistant Professor at East Carolina University in the Department of Coastal Studies. He has a background in coastal hydrogeology and is concerned with land-water-atmosphere carbon cycle interactions of transitional coastal environments. David is working to improve monitoring, reporting, and verification of Coastal Blue Carbon ecosystems in collaboration with local and international partners.

Previous Members

Seung-Kuk Lee, Ph.D.

Seung-Kuk Lee is a former NASA Postdoctoral Fellow with NASA GSFC. He was interested in 3-D forest parameter estimation using polarimetric SAR interferometry techniques & analysis for terrestrial ecosystem applications. He is now a professor with Pukyong National University, South Korea.

Selena Chavez

Selena Chaves is a Research Assistant in the geodesy lab at Florida International University. She previously worked as a student research intern at NASA GSFC. Her research interests include modeling and monitoring coastal wetlands and ecosystems.

Emanuelle Feliciano, Ph.D.

Former Postdoctoral Research Scientist with the NASA Postdoctoral Program. He was interested in the natural and anthropogenic factors that affect wetland ecosystems. He has since left to work for the National Geospatial Agency.


2 thoughts on “Who We Are

  1. Hello, I am quite impressed with the Mangrovescience projects. Seeing some great minds who are interested in protecting the earth is quite commendable.
    I have been looking for a good institution and direction to take in pursuing my PhD. I studied Geography (focus on Climate Change) at the University of Lagos.
    Please, how can I intern with your Centre ? Do you have partnership Universities or can apply directly for internship?


  2. Hello Emeka. We are so sorry we just didn’t get back to you! I recently became an admin on this website and we always welcome comments and networking. Even though this is a late response, please let me know how you are doing, and perhaps I can recommend some interning/fellowship opportunities. I hope you were able to find an ideal Ph.D. program. Feel free to email me directly.


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