Suzanne Marselis joined the Institute of Environmental Sciences (CML) as a postdoctoral researcher on the Liveable Planet Project in March 2021.
Suzanne received her PhD in Geographical Sciences from the University of Maryland in the United States of America. She studied the potential use of spaceborne full-waveform lidar data for mapping tree species diversity in the tropics. Her PhD was funded through the NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship program. She also worked as a research assistant on the Global Ecosystem Dynamics Investigation (GEDI) mission: a lidar mission designed to map global biomass. Suzanne assisted with model development and the collation of a large field- and lidar database used for the calibration of biomass models. Additionally, she provided support for the mission website and published team meeting summaries in NASA’s Earth Observer magazine. After her PhD she worked as a data scientist at a large international IT company where she developed applications for object detection algorithms on remotely sensed imagery to solve client’s spatial challenges.
Suzanne’s current research revolves around the topics of biodiversity and sustainability.