Matthew Garcia

Hometown: Trenton, NJGarcia

Research Description: Landsat-based forest disturbance mapping, recovery tracking, and their impacts on atmospheric and hydrologic processes.



I was born and raised in Trenton, NJ, and consider myself a native of the Northeast Corridor. After college in northern NJ, I have lived in Colorado, Maryland, Arizona, Missouri, and now Wisconsin. I love both the eastern cities and the Rocky Mountains. I was married, now divorced, and have a tween daughter who lives in Missouri. I enjoy hiking, mountain biking, baseball, live music, and movies usually considered too slow and boring for most people.

Academic and Professional

I have an academic background in Physics and Geosciences (B.S. at Montclair State University, 1996), Atmospheric Science (M.S. at Colorado State University, 1999) and Hydrology (M.S. in Civil Engineering, also CSU, 2003). I worked for four years (2004-2008) as a Research Associate in the Hydrological Sciences Branch at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) on several projects, including software for the spatial interpolation of precipitation for land surface modeling applications in the NASA-GSFC Land Information System (LIS). I served for two years (2008-2010) as Project Manager for the Arizona Hydrologic Information System (AHIS) effort, initially with the Arizona Water Institute and later with SAHRA and the Department of Hydrology and Water Resources at the University of Arizona. I began my Ph.D. work at UW-Madison in Forest Ecology in 2011 with an emphasis on Landsat-based mapping and discrimination of forest disturbances and their impact on atmospheric and hydrologic processes. I am aiming for dissertation completion and graduation in 2016. I specialize in Earth and physical sciences, climate and weather, hydrology and water resource processes, surface water studies, programming and numerical modeling (Fortran, JS, Python), remote sensing, geography and mapping (Google Maps and ArcGIS), a lot of ecology, a dash of geology, lots of data collection and analysis (Matlab), authoring for proposals and reports and publication (professional journals and web), and information management for web-based visualization and dissemination. I keep a blog at where my CV is also available.


Forest Disturbance