Jamis is a father, rock climber, musician, and PhD candidate in the Geographical Sciences department at the University of Maryland, College Park.  He is a 2021 NASA FINESST Award recipient for his PhD research, the 2021 GEOG Jingli Yang Fellow, and a 2020 UMD Summer Research Fellow. Jamis uses GEDI lidar observations, forest ecosystem models, and forest inventory data from the US Forest Service to better understand how forest dynamics impact the global carbon cycle.  He also works as a part time GRA on the GEDI mission, assisting with biomass modeling (GEDI L4A) and mapping (GEDI L4B), and leads the development and management of GEDI's ancillary data products.  

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


  • 2021-09-01
  • 2021-06-01
    GEOG Jingli Yang Fellow
  • 2020-06-01
    UMD Summer Research Fellow

Research Topics

  • Geospatial-Information Science and Remote Sensing
  • Carbon, Vegetation Dynamics and Landscape-Scale Processes
4600 River Road, Suite 347E2 (send mail to 2181 LeFrak)
Department of Geographical Sciences
jamis [at] terpmail.umd.edu