Danielle earned her bachelor's degree in International Affairs/Environmental Resources from George Washington University, and her master's degree in Forestry from Yale University in 2012, where she focused her studies on tropical forest ecology and restoration. She is currently working towards her PhD in Geographical Sciences where she uses emerging remote sensing and modeling techniques to explore the relationships between land-use change, vegetation, carbon and biodiversity across the Amazon Arc of Deforestation.  Her research is being supported by a NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship and a National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Improvement award. 


  • MF
    Forest Ecology and Management - Yale University
  • BA
    International Affairs and Environmental Resources - George Washington University


  • Behavioral and Social Sciences Dean's Fellowship, University of Maryland
  • Doctoral Dissertation Enrichment Grant, National Science Foundation
  • Earth and Space Science Fellowship, NASA
  • Predoctoral Fellowship, Ford Foundation

Research Topics

  • Geospatial-Information Science and Remote Sensing
  • Land Cover - Land Use Change
  • Carbon, Vegetation Dynamics and Landscape-Scale Processes
Danielle Rappaport
Department of Geographical Sciences
danielle.rappap [at] gmail.com