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Melanie Vanderhoof

Melanie Vanderhoof is a Research Geographer with the USGS, Geosciences and Environmental Change Science Center in Denver, CO. Her research focuses on using satellite imagery to understand how ecosystems change over time. She is particularly interested in surface water dynamics and disturbance events, such as fire and insect outbreaks. 

She received her B.S. degree in Biology and Society from Cornell University in 2004 and a M.S. degree in Geography from San Francisco State University in 2007. After working as a biologist for several years, she pursued graduate school and received a PhD in Geography from Clark University in 2014. Following an ORISE Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Research and Development, she joined the U.S. Geological Survey as a research geographer in 2015.



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