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Neal J Pastick, PhD

Neal Pastick is a Research Physical Scientist with the Earth Resources and Observation Science (EROS) Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. 

Dr. Pastick has conducted data science research for environmental applications over the past 15 years, in close collaboration with a diverse set of geoscientists from industry, federal, and academic institutions. His work primarily focuses on the comprehensive characterization of Earth systems by integrating field observations, ecological insights, remote sensing technologies, and cutting-edge advancements in Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning. This multidisciplinary approach has yielded significant contributions to our understanding of landscape dynamics and environmental change. Recently, this research has focused on several key areas related to climate change and environmental disturbances:

  • Investigating the effects on the cryosphere, hydrology, and vegetation across northern circumpolar regions.
  • Studying land cover conditions and the spread of invasive annual grasses in drylands of the western United States.
  • Monitoring and mapping the distribution of soil properties and conditions in Alaska and other regions. 

Dr. Pastick has authored over 30 referred publications and contributed to approximately 50 presentations given at scientific meetings. His research has been covered by numerous news agencies (e.g., the Guardian, the Washington Post) and popular magazines (e.g., Scientific American).