People

Dr. Greg McDermid, P.I.

PhD (University of Waterloo), MSc, BSc (University of Calgary)

Greg is a geospatial scientist whose research activities revolve around the application of remote sensing and other geospatial technologies to environmental monitoring and ecology. He is involved in a wide variety of interdisciplinary research collaborations in the fields of wildlife ecology, biodiversity assessment, ecological monitoring, plant-phenology assessment, and vegetation mapping. He's interested in a broad range of remote sensing and other GIScience pursuits, including UAVs, cloud computing, environmental modelling, and data fusion/integration.

mcdermid@ucalgary.ca |                   | UCalgary Website

Post-Docs

Eleanor Bash, Postdoctoral Fellow

PhD, MSc (University of Calgary), BA (Gustavus Adolphus College)

Eleanor is a glaciologist specializing in structure-from-motion for monitoring glacier melt and modelling of glacier mass change. She has worked extensively with UAV mapping in mountain environments and is interested in streamlining structure-from-motion workflows. Currently, she is working on integrating glacier melt and hydrology modelling with time lapse imagery to understand glacier surges in the St. Elias Mountains, Yukon Territory. In addition to her research, Eleanor serves as President of the Board for the Girls on Ice Canada Society, a Revelstoke-based non-profit whose aim is to give high school girls opportunities to explore field science in the mountains of Western Canada.

earbash@ucalgary.ca | @glaciergirlie

PhD (University of Calgary); MSc, BSc (Trent University)

Lucy Poley, Postdoctoral Fellow

Lucy is a spatial ecologist and geographer with strong interests in using remotely-sensed data to quantify wildlife-habitat relationships and make conservation decisions.  Merging her background in wildlife ecology with the Applied Geospatial Research Group's strengths in remote sensing, her PhD project involves using data from Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) to quantify bison forage vegetation biomass in Banff National Park. In her spare time, Lucy enjoys exploring the mountains, rock climbing and playing soccer, hanging with her dog and husband, and creating art.

Graduate Students

Silvia Alejandra Losada, MSc Student

BSc Zoology, BSc Environmental Science (University of Calgary)

Silvia is a newly admitted graduate student with a background in environmental science and zoology. She is passionate about the integration and application of novel remote sensing approaches, to advance the mapping and monitoring of human disturbances within the boreal forest. Her Master’s thesis, is centered around enhanced forest inventory and furthering ways of measuring and mapping understory vegetation. Silvia enjoys travelling and discovering new places, meeting people, wildlife encounters, and exploring the natural world.

BSc Hons Ecology (University of Calgary)

Colette Shellian, MSc Student

Colette is a Master’s student and joined the lab as a summer research assistant during her undergraduate degree. Colette is interested in forest ecology and using remote sensing techniques to understand forest regeneration in fragmented landscapes. Her current research investigates factors that influence seedling growth on seismic lines in Northern Alberta. In her spare time, Colette loves spending time in the mountains- whether it be hiking, paddle boarding, kayaking or skiing.

Taylor McKeeman, MSc Student

BSc (University of Calgary)

Taylor is a Masters student and has been involved with the group since 2014, when he started as a summer research assistant during his undergraduate degree. His current research is focused on the use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) based remote sensing for earlier detection of mountain pine beetle infected trees. His side interests in research include computational geography, UAVs in environmental applications, image processing and analysis, geographic information systems (GIS), and photogrammetry. Otherwise, his hobbies include programming, robotics, sports, and various outdoor activities.

Visiting Students

Ian Perry, MSc Student

BA (University of Victoria), Environmental Technology Diploma (SAIT)

Ian Perry is a visiting student researcher from Royal Roads University. He is studying toward his MSc. in Environment and Management. He started in the McDermid Lab as an assistant with the bison reintroduction project in Banff National Park. Ian is now working alongside Parks Canada on a project in fire severity mapping. Ian hosts a radio program at the University of Calgary’s CJSW entitled Keeping Green. His guests include experts in sustainability and conservation. Ian enjoys ski touring and landscaping at his family ranch in BC. He lives in Calgary with his partner Rachel and their dog Stella (bo-bella).  

Staff

Jennifer Hird, Remote Sensing Scientist

MSc, BSc (University of Calgary)

Jen is a geographer and remote sensing scientist, who has worked in the Department of Geography, University of Calgary, and for the Alberta Biodiversity Monitoring Institute (ABMI), since 2008. Her research interests focus on the use of diverse geospatial tools for a variety of ecological and environmental applications. These have included: the remote sensing of vegetation phenology, land cover and landscape dynamics mapping and monitoring, and the exploitation of cloud-computing resources and open-access satellite data sets in support of large-area land surface information product development (most recently, wetland mapping and forest spectral regeneration in harvested areas). When not in the pursuit of science, Jen enjoys the outdoors, dabbling in anything even remotely creative or artistic, and convincing her children to eat their vegetables.

Mir Mustafizur Rahman, Research Associate

PhD (University of Calgary), MSc (Asian Institue of Technology),

BSc (Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology)

Mustafiz envisions himself as a Geospatial Scientist, developing innovative geospatial solutions for understanding and monitoring the physical environment at different scales, whether within multi-faced and diverse urban settings or broader natural settings. Consequently, he is involved in a variety of multidisciplinary research projects in the field of ecological modeling, wetland and vegetation mapping, grassland mapping and plant phenology analysis, and Urban Planning and Urban Energy Budget. The ultimate goal of his research works is to continue working towards a flexible and holistic approach to the use of geospatial tools for large-area resource management.

Richard Zeng, Research Associate

PhD (University of Calgary), MSc (Asian Institue of Technology),

BSc (Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology)

Richard is working in role of Geospatial Research Technician for BERA Project, providing technical support for team members as well as developing software tools to manage and analyze geospatial data generated during research activities. Richard has rich experiences in remote sensing and GIS on both software development and data processing. He is interested in web-based geospatial data analysis, machine learning applications in remote sensing and drone related data automation.

Claudia Maurer, Research Admin Assisstant

Bachelor's Degree (Architecture)

Claudia Maurer is the administration assistant for three research teams in the department of Geology at the University of Calgary, including the group of Dr. Greg McDermid. Originally from Germany, where she received a degree in Architecture, she changed careers in 2011 and joined the University of Calgary. She held various administrative roles and has gained expert understanding of the University’s systems and processes both from the operational and research side. In her spare time she enjoys reading, gardening, skiing, and spending time with her family and friends.

Recent Graduates

Gus Lopes Queiroz, MSc (2019)

Thesis: Remote sensing of boreal coarse woody debris

Where is she now: Gus works as a GIS analyst at CGG in Calgary.

Shannon Blackadder, MSc (2019)

Thesis: Modelling Whitebark Pine Distribution in the Crown of the Continent Ecosystem

Where is she now: Shannon works at the University of Calgary.

Annie He, MSc (2018)

Thesis: Estimating peatland shrub biomass from allometrics and UAV imagery

Where is she now: Annie is a small-business owner in her hometown of Calgary!

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Julie Lovitt, MSc (2017)

Thesis: UAV photogrammetry to characterize peatland microtopography

Where is she now: Julie is a Geomatics Environmental Analyst at Natural Resources Canada in Ottawa, Ontario.

Shijuan Chen, MSc (2017)

MSc (University of Calgary), BE (Wuhan University)

ThesisCharacterizing Vegetation Structure on Anthropogenic Features in Alberta’s Boreal Forest with UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles)

Where is she now: Shijuan begins her PhD at Boston University in fall 2017.

Grad Student Alumni

 
 
 
 
 
 

Name

Lucy Poley

Gus Lopes

Shannon Blackadder

Annie He

Shijuan Chen

David Laskin

Corey Feduck

Adam McLane

Tania Garcia Bravo 

Tariq Munir 

Nils Kaplan

Raul Wood

Brent Smith

Allison Zimmer

Chunhua Zhang

Jeff Wielki

William McInnis

Adrian Faraguna

David Birkigt

Andrea Ram

Julia Linke

Erin Latham

Aleksandra Sobol

Ben Curry

Shadan Sanii

Jennifer Hird

Iain Smith

Sarah Miall

Adam McLane

Katie Yalte

Dan Austin

Prasanna Man Shrestha

Sangeeta Guha 

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Thesis Summary

Remote sensing of bison forage biomass 

Remote sensing of coarse woody debris 

Whitebark pine distribution modelling

Peatlands shrub biomass estimation

UAV photogrammetry

Remote sensing of plant phenology

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

Clark's nutcracker habitat modelling

Peatland restoration
Peatland functioning
Habitat modelling of bull and cutthroat trout
Climate Change Impacts on Hydrology
Grasslands mapping
Habitat modelling of cattle
Object-based accuracy assessment
Fire severity mapping
Native grasslands mapping
Mountain pine beetle susceptibility
Aquatic biomass estimation
Changes in Alberta grizzly bear habitat
Grizzly bear habitat monitoring
Changes in Sierra-Nevada sheep habitat
Grizzly bear home range delineation
Forest disturbance mapping and detection
LiDAR data processing
Analysis of NDVI time series for phenology
Mapping whitebark pine in Waterton Lakes
Knowledge formulation: pixels vs objects
Processing LiDAR data for canopy closure
Relative change  detection
Object and  pixel-based classification
Spatial modeling of  vegetation structure
Quantification of depression storage

Research Associates 

 

Name

Dr. David Laskin

Dr. Julia Linke
Dr. Jordan Eamer
Dr. Mustafizur Rahman
Shannon Blackadder
Jennifer Hird
Alessandro Montaghi 
Dr. Guillermo Castilla
Will McInnes
Deep Mazumdar
Tracy Timmins
Dr. Anna Hernando
David Laskin
Adam McLane

Role

Research associate, Parks Canada

Science Coordinator, BERA 

Research associate, CloudUAV 
Research associate, Biodiversity monitoring

Research associate, ecological indicators    
Research associate, biodiversity monitoring

Post-doc, LiDAR remote sensing    
Post-doc, biodiversity monitoring    
Research associate, ecological indicators
Research associate, biodiversity monitoring
Research associate, ecological indicators

Post-doc, object-based analysis    
Research associate, bear habitat modelling
Research associate, caribou habitat modelling

Years Active

2017-present

2016-present
2016-2017
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2013-present
2009-present
2014-2016
2009-2014
2012-2013
2011-2012
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