Henebry becomes the GIScCE SDSU Co-Director

After serving a year as interim Co-Director of the GIScCE, Dr. Geoff Henebry was selected to serve as the second SDSU Co-Director of the GIScCE. The University news release can be found here:

Dr. Lara Prihodko joins GIScCE faculty

In August 2011, Dr. Lara Prihodko joined the GIScCE as an Assistant Research Professor.  Lara obtained her PhD in Ecology from Colorado State University where she worked on modeling land surface-atmosphere interactions for climate system models with Dr. A. S. Denning.  At GIScCE she will be continuing her NSF-funded research modeling pyrogenic nitrogen transfers in the atmosphere and fire-induced teleconnections among ecosystems. Lara is also collaborating with Niall Hanan on carbon cycle modeling for Africa and ecohydrological studies in grazing systems.

New Post-doctoral Research Associate

Dr. Armel Kaptue joined the GIScCE to work on an NSF-funded Coupled Natural and Human Systems project focused on pastoral grazing systems in the Sahel of Africa.  Armel will be working with GIScCE faculty Niall Hanan and Lara Prihodko to explore the ecohydrological implications and feedbacks of pastoral land use and climate change in the Sahel.

New Book on Global Savannas

A book entitled “Ecosystem Function in Savannas: measurement and modeling at landscape to global scales”, edited by Michael Hill and Niall Hanan was recently published by CRC Press.  With 27 peer-reviewed chapters, this book provides comprehensive reviews of global savanna systems with papers focusing on modeling and remote sensing approaches of savanna ecology and dynamics, biogeochemical cycles and human dimensions.

Student paper published

GIScCE Ph.D. student Sanath Kumar had his first peer reviewed journal paper published: Kumar, S.S., Roy, D.P., Boschetti, L., Kremens, R., 2011, Exploiting the power law distribution properties of satellite fire radiative power retrievals - a method to estimate fire radiative energy and biomass burned from sparse satellite observations, Journal of Geophysical Research, 116, D19303, doi:10.1029/2011JD015676.

Student paper published

Current post-doctoral fellow and recent GSE graduate Valeriy Kovalskyy had two peer-reviewed papers recently appear from his dissertation work:  Kovalskyy V and GM Henebry. 2012. A new concept for simulation of vegetated land surface dynamics: The Event Driven Phenology Model Part I. Biogeosciences 9:141-159; doi:10.5194/bg-9-141-2012. Available online: Kovalskyy V and GM Henebry. 2012. Alternative methods to predict actual evapotranspiration illustrate the importance of accounting for phenology: The Event Driven Phenology Model Part II. Biogeosciences 9:161-177; doi:10.5194/bg-9-161-2012. Available online: