About me

Ian is a Geospatial Analytics PhD student at NC State University, where he is a NASA Future Investigator (FINESST) researching near real-time monitoring of deforestation as part of the Spatial Ecosystems Analytics Lab under Dr. Josh Gray. Prior to his FINESST tenure, Ian analyzed phenology and carbon flux responses to climate change as a graduate research assistant with Dr. Gray. Before his time at NC State, Ian worked as a research analyst with the Smithsonian’s Forest Global Earth Observatory (ForestGEO), and earned degrees from the University of Oxford (MSc) and the University of California Berkeley (BSc). His environmental policy and field experience span the US, northern Europe, and central Africa, with a primary focus in forest ecology. Outside of research, Ian is an avid musician, botanist, and hiker.

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  • Forest ecology
  • Remote sensing
  • National parks
  • PhD in Geospatial Analytics, 2019 - present

    North Carolina State University

  • MSc in Environmental Change and Management, 2017

    University of Oxford

  • BSc in Conservation and Resource Studies; Society and Environment, 2015

    University of California, Berkeley


Google Earth Engine
Remote sensing

Other Publications

(2022). Using GitHub Actions continuous integration to automate quality assurance and control of data on ecological dynamics. Methods in Ecology and Evolution.

PDF Project

(2022). Satellite observations underestimate the effect of growing season length on global vegetation productivity (in review). Global Biogeochemical Cycles.

PDF Project

(2022). Thermal sensitivity across forest vertical profiles: patterns, mechanisms, and ecological implications (accepted). NewPhyt.


(2022). The blsp R package with a Bayesian land surface phenology model. In Zenodo.

Cite Dataset

(2021). Chemical similarity of co-occurring trees decreases with precipitation and temperature in North American forests. In Front. Ecol. Evol..

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External Funding


NASA Future Investigator in Earth and Space Science and Technology (FINESST)

  • 135,000 USD
  • Term: 2020-2023 (3 years)

US Geospatial Intelligence Foundation Doctoral Scholarship

  • 5,000 USD
  • Term: 2020-2021 (1 year)

NC Space Grant Graduate Research Fellow

  • 10,000 USD
  • Term: 2020-2021 (1 year)

International Association for Landscape Ecology North America (IALE-NA) Student Travel Award

  • 700 USD

NCSU Center for Geospatial Analytics Travel Award

  • 800 USD