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Monica Palaseanu-Lovejoy is a Research Geographer at GMEG Science Center. Since joining the USGS in 2006, Monica has devoted her career to studying coastal environments and more. Presently her research focuses on erosion and landslides in coastal cliffs and bluffs, structure from motion using satellite imagery, and satellite derived bathymetry.
Monica has a BS and MS in Geology and Geophysics from the University of Bucharest, Bucharest, Romania, a MS in Environmental
Science and Policy from the University of South Florida, Tampa, FL, and a PhD in Geography from the University of Manchester, Manchester, United Kingdom. Monica has devoted her career to studying coastal environments and specializes in spatial statistics and exploratory data analysis, GIS technologies, remote sensing, primarily lidar, satellite imagery and structure-from-motion, and geospatial data.
Monica has investigated and analyzed impacts of extreme storm events in the Gulf of Mexico, focusing on land loss, vulnerability and sea-level rise, as well as sea cliffs / bluff erosion and episodic land-slides in California and northern slope of Alaska. Currently she is a task lead for the USGS Coastal National Elevation Database (CoNED) Applications Project.
Her research focus is environmental modelling, with a specialization in exploratory spatial data analysis, spatial statistics and modelling, Monte Carlo simulation and Bayesian modelling, pattern and cluster analysis as well as GIS, and remote sensing, including lidar and structure-from-motion. One of her strengths is population distribution analysis and linking patterns and trends to probable factors influencing or generating the data.
CURRENT RESEARCH FOCUS
2018-present: Research Geographer, Geology, Mineralogy, Energy, Geophysics (GMEG) Science Center, U.S. Geological Survey, Reston, VA.
2012-2018: Research Geographer, Eastern Geographic Science Center, U.S. Geological Survey, Reston, VA.
2006-2012: Contractor; Physical Scientist, St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center, U.S. Geological Survey, St. Petersburg, FL
2005-2006: Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Florida, Research and Education Center, IFAS, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
2003-2005: Environmental Scientist, Greater Manchester Geological Unit, Manchester, United Kingdom
1997-1998: Director Assistant, United Nations Development Program, National Centre for Sustainable Development, Bucharest, Romania
1992-1997: Curator and Research Assistant, Bucharest University, Faculty of Geology and Geophysics, Bucharest, Romania
1990-1992: Engineer Geologist, S.C. Prospectiuni S.A., Hydrocarbons Geological Survey, Bucharest, Romania
Ph.D. 2005, Geography, The University of Manchester, Manchester, United Kingdom
MSc. 2001, Environmental Science and Policy, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL
J. William Fulbright Scholar (1999 -2000), University of South Florida, Tampa, FL
BS. and MSc., 1990, Geology and Geophysics, University of Bucharest, Bucharest, Romania