I am a PhD candidate working with Ralph Dubayah. I am interested in examining the impacts of sea level rise on coastal upland forests using LiDAR and other remote sensing techniques. I was awarded the NOAA Margaret Davidson Fellowship for years 2020-2022 to fund this research! This research will help determine if there are initial effects to the forest structure in areas of increased salt water inundation and provide information for wetland management. 

Areas of Interest

  • Coastal Forests, Lidar, Forest structure, marsh migration, sea level rise


  • Degree Type
    Degree Details
    Environmental Science
  • Degree Type
    Degree Details
    Environmental Science


  • 2020-08-01
    NOAA Margaret Davidson Fellowship


  • Powell, E. B., Laurent, K. A. S., & Dubayah, R. (2022). Lidar-Imagery Fusion Reveals Rapid Coastal Forest Loss in Delaware Bay Consistent with Marsh Migration. Remote Sensing, 14(18), 4577.
  • Powell, E. B., Krause, J. R., Martin, R. M., & Watson, E. B. (2020). Pond excavation reduces coastal wetland carbon dioxide assimilation. Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences, 125, e2019JG005187. https://doi.org/10.1029/2019JG005187

Research Topics

  • Land Cover - Land Use Change
  • Carbon, Vegetation Dynamics and Landscape-Scale Processes
Elisabeth (Lizzy) Powell
4600 River Road, Suite 347E1 (send mail to 2181 LeFrak)
Department of Geographical Sciences
epowell1 [at] terpmail.umd.edu