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Investigating Coral Reef Ecosystems in Support of NASA’s Earth Science Program
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The Team

Liane S. Guild, Ph.D. – Primary Investigator

Dr. Liane Guild is an ecosystems research scientist in the Earth Science Division at NASA Ames Research Center.  She received her Ph.D. from Oregon State University in 2000 in ecosystems ecology where she studied deforestation and fire in the Amazon and, in addition, she worked on a project studying upstream land use run off and predation impacts on the barrier reef off Belize.  Currently, Liane is conducting research to map tropical coral reef ecosystems using NASA remote sensing data and is studying reef variability and change by linking in situ spectra with airborne hyperspectral data.  Liane has led two NASA AVIRIS airborne missions over Caribbean coral reefs in 2004 and 2005 and co-led an AVIRIS mission in the Pacific in 2005. 

Bradley Lobitz – Remote Sensing Specialist

Brad Lobitz (Foundation of CSU Monterey Bay) is a research scientist associated with the Earth Science Division at NASA Ames Research Center. He received his MLA from Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, in 1994 where he studied the effect of landscape composition on the thermal structure of cities using satellite imagery. He is a remote sensing specialist with extensive expertise using remote sensing and GIS technologies to address a number of research areas with airborne and satellite data. Currently, Brad is working with multispectral and hyperspectral imagery to support disaster assessment and tropical coral reef research mapping efforts.

Jeremy Kerr – Coral Reef Scientist Intern

Jeremy Kerr is a student at CSU Monterey Bay. While attending CSUMB, he studies Earth System Science and Policy and Mathematics and works as a Mathematics tutor for the Academic Skills Achievement Program. In 2006, Jeremy worked as a Teaching Assistant for the Institute for Tropical Marine Ecology, Inc. in the Commonwealth of Dominica, Lesser Antilles, where he studied and taught coral reef ecology. Currently, Jeremy is collaborating with Dr. Sascha Steiner on a publication describing the impact of the 2005 Caribbean-wide bleaching event on the community structure of Dominica's coral reefs, as well as, working as a Research Assistant for Dr. Liane Guild.

More information is coming soon on the team members below:

  • Randy Berthold – Lead Research Diver and Ames Diving Safety Officer

  • John Preston – Research Diver, EMT



Research funded by NASA’s Ocean Biology and Biogeochemistry Program
and NASA’s Interdisciplinary Research in Earth Science Program