People

Eduardo is an Academy of Finland Research Fellow and a Docent in remote sensing at the Department of Geosciences and Geography. He is a science enthusiast with particular interest in applying geospatial technology to understand the relations between nature and humans. He leads and coordinates several research projects as well as international collaboration with leading scientists in Brazil, Australia, Japan and many European countries. His current research topics focus on the understanding of environmental changes in terrestrial ecosystems, mainly using remote sensing and modelling tools.

Matheus is a postdoctoral researcher in the Earth Change Observation Lab since April 2019, whose research focuses on understanding what determines the structure and function of plant communities. His work uses remote sensing and field surveys to explore how tropical vegetation responds to global changes. His current project revolves around the use of terrestrial LiDAR to predict the effects of climate and fragmentation on tree canopies and ecosystem functioning in the Amazon, Malaysian Borneo and Kenyan forests. He received his PhD in Plant Sciences from the University of Cambridge in March 2019, where he used airborne LiDAR and field spectroscopy to investigate forest responses to El Niño events and oil palm expansion.

Yhasmin is a Remote Sensing researcher and an avid book-lover, whose work is inspired by ecological and environmental functioning and how natural ecosystems will face the daunting task of assessing climate change. She holds a Royal Society Newton International Fellowship at the Centre for Landscape and Climate Change (CLCR), University of Leicester – UK. Her project aims to unveil vegetation functioning and carbon dynamics over degraded and secondary forests in the Amazon. 

 

Iris finished her Master’s studies in Geoinformatics in July 2020. In her thesis she studied the microclimatological differences of varying tree canopy covers in Taita Hills, Kenya, using remote sensing and field measurements. Her interests lay in agriculture, forestry and climate change, and her next plan is to pursue a PhD to further expand her expertise in these topics. 

Erone is a PhD student at the University of Helsinki, whose research focuses on investigating the logging effects on Borneo's forests through the use of Terrestrial Laser Scanners (TLS). He is a Forest Engineer from the University of Santa Catarina and obtained his master's degree in Remote Sensing from the National Institute for Space Research in Brazil. 

Hanna is a second year MSc student in geoinformatics who is mainly interested in remote sensing. She studies elephant damage on the savanna tree architecture in Taita Hills Wildlife Sanctuary in Kenya using terrestrial LiDAR along with airborne LiDAR data. She also did her BSc thesis of the same area about biodiversity regeneration after elephant damage and assisted in a biomass field campaign for the TAITASMART-project in 2018. Hanna has worked as a teacher for the practical exercises of a remote sensing course in 2019 and 2020 and as a field course assistant in Taita Hills in 2020.

Lukas is pursuing an internship at the Tree-D Lab, as part of his B.Sc. in International Forest Ecosystem Management at the University for Sustainable Development Eberswalde. His research interests lay in climate change, the interaction of ecosystems with climate and the effect of human activities on this interaction. His research during the internship focuses on the effects of different land uses on the temperature of fragmented Amazonian forests.