I was born and raised in Ottawa, Ontario. I studied at Carleton University (BSc Geology, 1995) and the Nova Scotia College of Geographic Sciences (Diploma of Remote Sensing, 1997). Over the course of spring/summer 2016 I completed 39 hours of training in Private Pilot Ground School (FAA Part 61) and obtained a Remote Pilot Airman Certificate (FAA Part 107).
My latest work has me focused on deploying a suite of instruments — including the Piccolo Dual-view Spectrometer and NanoHyperspec imaging spectrometer — on a heavy-lift UAV. My hope is that this platform will help “fill the gaps” between leaf- and pixel-level spectroscopic measurements. I’ve also partnered with Wisconsin DNR’s Aeronautics Team to install and operate our newly acquired full-range imaging spectrometer system (Norsk Elektro Optikk HySpex) on a Cessna Skywagon 180.
In addition, I oversee EcoSIS.org, a system for documenting and distributing environmental spectroscopy data and metadata, and manage the development of SpecDAL, a Python library that makes working with spectral data easier.
I provide support for much of the research that happens here, but my primary focus is linking remote sensing, field spectroscopy, and ecological data. I’m interested in using remote sensing technology, in-situ data, quantitative methods, and statistical modeling to learn about how ecosystems function.
In recent history, I used AVIRIS imagery to map aspen genotypes in MN, WI, MI, CO, and UT. Previously, I’ve used multi- and hyperspectral imagery to characterize the effects of midge emergence from lakes in Iceland on the surrounding landscape.
In my free time I enjoy cycling, canoeing, camping, and playing hockey.
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Cotrozzi, L., Couture, J.J., Cavender-Bares, J., Kingdon, C.C., Fallon, B., Pilz, G., Pellegrini, E., Nali, C., Townsend, P.A., 2017. Using foliar spectral properties to assess the effects of drought on plant water potential. Tree Physiol 37, 1582–1591. DOI: 10.1093/treephys/tpx106
Cavender-Bares, J., J. E. Meireles, J. J. Couture, M. A. Kaproth, C. C. Kingdon, A. Singh, S. P. Serbin, A. Center, E. Zuniga, G. Pilz, and P. A. Townsend. 2016. Associations of Leaf Spectra with Genetic and Phylogenetic Variation in Oaks: Prospects for Remote Detection of Biodiversity. Remote Sensing 8:221. DOI: 10.3390/rs8030221
Serbin, S. P., Singh, A., Desai, A. R., Dubois, S. G., Jablonski, A. D., Kingdon, C. C., Kruger, E.L., Townsend, P. A., 2015. Remotely estimating photosynthetic capacity, and its response to temperature, in vegetation canopies using imaging spectroscopy. Remote Sensing of Environment. 167, 78–87. DOI: 10.1016/j.rse.2015.05.024
Singh, A., Serbin, S. P., McNeil, B. E., Kingdon, C. C., & Townsend, P. A., 2015. Imaging spectroscopy algorithms for mapping canopy foliar chemical and morphological traits and their uncertainties. Ecological Applications. 25, 2180-2197. DOI: 10.1890/14-2098.1
Serbin, S.P., Singh, A., McNeil, B.E., Kingdon, C.C., Townsend, P.A., 2014. Spectroscopic determination of leaf morphological and biochemical traits for northern temperate and boreal tree species. Ecological Applications. 24, 1651-1669. DOI: 10.1890/13-2110.1
Madritch, M.D., Kingdon, C.C., Singh, A., Mock, K.E., Lindroth, R.L., Townsend, P.A., 2013. Imaging spectroscopy links aspen genotype with belowground processes at landscape scales. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society Biological Sciences. 369(1643), 20130194. DOI: 10.1098/rstb.2013.0194