Christopher Hakkenberg


PhD Candidate, Curriculum for Ecology and the Environment, UNC Chapel Hill

I am a PhD Candidate in the Curriculum for the Environment and Ecology (CEE) at UNC Chapel Hill and a NASA Earth and Space Science Fellow. I did my BA at Reed College and an MA at Harvard University on China’s forestry policy. Currently, my PhD research is focused on assessing the ability of different remote sensing technologies to derive forest community structure, from which emergent properties like species diversity can be estimated. Specifically, I am interested in the fusion of LiDAR and image spectroscopy, as well as time series analysis of medium-resolution optical imagery. This research is driven by a conviction in the critical role of model validation from detailed field data, as well as the explicit assessment of model bias and uncertainty.