Alison Thieme is a remote sensing scientist and ecologist. Her research has focused on the applications of remote sensing in policy making. In 2016 and 2017, Alison worked with NASA DEVELOP on a series of projects in various application areas of NASA's Earth Sciences.  Collaborations include work with the Amazon Conservation Association, Amazon Conservation Team, Global Environment Facility, USDA-ARS, USGS, USEPA, Maryland Department of Agriculture, University of Puerto Rico, Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, and the Wildlife Conservation Society. Alison began focusing on conservation while serving in the Peace Corps in Madagascar. 

Alison's current research focuses on mapping winter cover crops and their nutrient uptake in Maryland. 

While away from the computer, Ms. Thieme volunteers with UMD's Space Systems Laboratory as a science diver testing robotics for the NASA OSAM-1 mission to extend satellites' lifespans in orbit. 


  • Degree Type
    Degree Details
    Geographic Information Science for Development and Environment, Clark University
  • Degree Type
    Degree Details
    Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, UCLA
  • Degree Type
    Degree Details
    Quantic School of Business and Technology


  • 2018-12-07
    AGU Data Visualization and Storytelling Contest

Research Topics

  • Geospatial-Information Science and Remote Sensing
  • Human Dimensions of Global Change - Coupled Human and Natural Systems
  • International
    Peace Corps Madagascar
James Web Space Telescope Alison Thieme Portrait
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