Catherine has broad interest ranging from agriculture remote sensing, food security to climate change. She leads NASA Harvest Eastern Africa-Hub + Mali activities capacity building in the use of Earth Observations (EO) data (remotes sensing and electronic field data) for agriculture monitoring in support of food security in the GEOGLAM context. Catherine works national ministries of agriculture in  Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, and Mali and regional agencies ICPAC and RCMRD and with development partners including LWR, World Bank, UNDP, JRC, FAO, WFP, and FEWSNET. Catherine pioneered the repurposing of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) from agricultural monitoring, to the survey of major refugee resettlements in Uganda.

Degrees

  • Degree Type
    PhD
    Degree Details
    Geographical Sciences, Department of Geographical Sciences, University of Maryland College Park
  • Degree Type
    MS
    Degree Details
    Geography and Environmental Engineering, The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland
  • Degree Type
    BS
    Degree Details
    Environmental Sciences, Makerere University, Kampala
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