|4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
South Mudd 365
Bringing ecosystem science and remote sensing “down to earth” for environmental and land-use decision-making in drylands from Africa to California
Earth Research Institute,
UC Santa Barbara,
Dr. Mayes is a geoscientist who studies land-use and climate change effects on terrestrial ecosystems, particularly how vegetation changes affect carbon, water and nutrient cycles in semi-arid landscapes. His work focuses on applied science questions targeted to inform decision-making about land, water and climate-change adaptation challenges across East Africa (Tanzania, Kenya, Zambia) and in the southwestern United States. Marc's background combines ecosystem science (Ph.D., Earth and Environmental Sciences, Brown University-MBL Joint Program, 2016) and environmental management (M.S., Environment and Resources, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2011). From 2016-2018 Marc was a Nature Conservancy NatureNet Science Fellow and worked with the TNC-Africa program to facilitate use of land cover change analyses in regional and national-scale land-use planning initiatives in Zambia. Since the 2017 Thomas Fire and Jan 9 debris flows in Santa Barbara, Marc has led drone imaging campaigns to provide infrastructure and environmental data to inform watershed recovery and future fire and flood hazard mitigation efforts. Marc is currently a research scientist at the Earth Research Institute, University of California-Santa Barbara, based in the WAVES lab led by Dr. Kelly Caylor.