Jamis is a father, rock climber, musician, and PhD student in the Geographical Sciences department at the University of Maryland, College Park.  He works as a full time GRA on the GEDI mission, assisting with calibration and validation efforts, and develops and manages GEDI's ancillary data products and layers.  His PhD research integrates GEDI observations of forest structure, an ecosystem model (FORMIND) and forest inventory data, and is aimed at understanding how successional dynamics within secondary forests in the northeast US influences aboveground biomass dynamics. 

Areas of Interest

  • Ecological Succession
  • Forest ecology and structure
  • Carbon cycling
  • Topoclimate
  • Treeline dynamics
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  • Degree Type
    Degree Details
    2016, Environmental Science, Western Washington University
  • Degree Type
    Degree Details
    2013, Physics, Colgate University

Research Topics

  • Geospatial-Information Science and Remote Sensing
  • Carbon, Vegetation Dynamics and Landscape-Scale Processes
1150 LeFrak
Department of Geographical Sciences
jamis [at] terpmail.umd.edu