Julia Yang

Geography and Development

I am a graduate student in the School of Geography and Development, and I study forest fluxes of carbon and water to determine how ecosystem dynamics respond to changing environmental drivers.  My research looks across scales—from leaf, to canopy, to satellite—to link field-based understanding of physiology with novel remote sensing proxies of photosynthesis and plant stress.  With the support of the WiSSC travel grant, I was able to attend a meeting hosted by the European Space Agency focused on the development of methods in the remote sensing of chlorophyll fluorescence.  By attending this meeting I gained new hands-on skills and expanded my technical knowledge in the methods I am using in my research.  Receiving the WiSSC grant allowed me to travel to Europe, where I was able to initiate international connections that will continue to advance my professional development far into the future.