PhD Graduate Student in the Graduate Group in Ecology at the University of California, Davis, in the Ecosystems and Landscape Ecology Area of Emphasis focusing on the “Remote Sensing of Bioindicators for Forest Health Assessment” in the Spanish Pyrenees and California, and currently funded by the NASA Earth and Space Science Graduate Student Research Fellowship.
Advanced to Candidacy September 28, 2009, expected graduation June 2012.
Masters of Science in Ecology Completed September 2008 with an Ecosystems and Landscape Ecology Area of Emphasis (AOE) at the University of California at Davis in the Graduate Group in Ecology, GPA 3.66.
hesis Title:Assessing Tropospheric Ozone Impacts on Bio-Indicator Species Using Imaging Spectroscopy and GIS in Yosemite and Sequoia/King’s CanyonNational Parks.
Bachelor of Arts in Biology: Completed June 2001 At RhodesCollege in Memphis, TN, Major in Biology, Minor in Spanish, GPA 3.48.
- NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship for Graduate Research 09/2009-present
- UNESCO Young Professionals Program Finalist 2009
- Jastro Shields Award for Field Research Funding in Ecology 2005 & 2009
- US Student Fulbright Fellowship to Spain 09/2006-06/2007
- Spanish Fulbright Commission 3 Month Extension Grant 06/2007-09/2007
- Ecology Graduate Group Block Grant Funding Fall Quarter, 2005
- NASA/California Space Institute Space Grant Award for Graduate Research 2006 & 2009
- IEEE IGARSS 2006 Travel Grant and Student Competition Finalist Awards
- University Scholarship, RhodesCollege (1997-2001)
Student Airborne Research Program Mentor (Summer 2009 and 2010) UC Irvine-based program for gifted and talented undergraduate and graduate students managed by the National Suborbital Education and Research Center of the University of North Dakota funded by NASA including field and airborne data collection, processing and presentation for thermal remote sensing techniques for estimation of evapotranspiration for agricultural water management.
UC Davis Graduate Student Teaching Assistantship (Spring Quarter 2006 and Spring Quarter 2009) University of California at Davis, One Shields Avenue, Davis, CA 95616. Instruction of laboratory component of Environmental Resource Science Course 186 - Environmental Remote Sensing with Professor Susan L. Ustin on multispectral and hyperspectral imagery analysis using ENVI, field spectroscopy and remote sensing ground truth data collection.
UC Davis Graduate Student Teaching Assistantship (Winter Quarter 2006 and Winter Quarter 2009) University of California at Davis, One Shields Avenue, Davis, CA 95616. Working with Dr. Mike Whiting teaching Environmental Resource Science 185 – Aerial Photography Interpretation including preparation laboratory presentations, grading assignments, organization of laboratory materials, and laboratory instruction of aerial photography techniques.
Academic Research/Employment Experience:
Graduate Student Research Assistantship (01-2010 to 03-2010): Center for Spatial Technologies and Remote Sensing; University of California at Davis, One Shields Avenue, Davis, CA95616.Development of a free online remote sensing course using freely available software and incorporating the program into Smartsite; funded by CalView.
Graduate Student Research Assistantship (11-2007 to 03-2009 and 09-2004 to 07-2005): Center for Spatial Technologies and Remote Sensing; University of California at Davis, One Shields Avenue, Davis, CA95616.Directed by Dr. Susan L. Ustin in the large-scale mapping of submerged and emergent invasive aquatic weed species in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta using hyperspectral imaging mapping techniques.
Graduate Student Internship (01-2008 to 09-2009): Santa Clara Valley Water District, Santa Clara, CA.Development, application and training of satellite mapping methods for cost-effective classification of agricultural lands to be used for the yearly monitoring and assessment of agriculture water use by crop for the Llagas Valley.
Graduate Student Research Assistantship (07-2005 to 09-2006): National Institute for Global Environmental Change Western Region; University of California at Davis, One Shields Avenue, Davis, CA95616.Working with Dr. Susan L. Ustin and Dr. Michael Whiting conducting research at the Mojave Global Change Facility in Mercury, Nevada on using imaging and field spectroscopy to detect the response of biological soil crusts to disturbance, increased nitrogen and water availability climate change scenarios.
Post-Graduate Researcher (01-2002 to 12-2003): Center for Spatial Technologies and Remote Sensing; University of California at Davis, One Shields Avenue, Davis, CA95616.Employed under Dr. Susan L. Ustin as the field projects leader, equipment manager and outreach coordinator in addition to conducting scientific research on the following projects:
- Early detection of drought-induced ecotone shifts in pinon/juniper woodlands of Los Alamos, NM using spectral analysis of conifer needles.
- Testing the effects of heavy metals and crude oil on the spectral reflectance properties of marsh plants from the San FranciscoBay area in a greenhouse and controlled environment.
- Cotton precision agriculture with the AG20/20 project in Lemoore, CA, including improved irrigation management and mid-season yield prediction.
- Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program mapping of invasive weed species on military bases in CA, AZ, WA, FL, MD, GA.
- Detection of ozone-induced foliar injury and ecosystem impacts in Sequoia/Kings Canyon and YosemiteNational parks.
Foreign Education/Research Experience:
US Student Fulbright Fellowship Grantee 06-07: (09-2006 to 09-2007) Barcelona, Spain Working with Dr. Josep Peñuelas at the Centre de Recerca Ecológica i Aplicacions Forestals, (Center for Ecological Research and Forestry Applications) Unitat d'Ecofisiologia i Canvi Global CREAF-CEAB-CSIC of the Autonomous University of Barcelona.
Project title: Air Pollution and Climate Change Impacts on Forest Health in the Pyrenees.
Volunteer Field Work Assistant and Spanish Translator, Ecuador (7-31-2001 to 10-1-2001) for Ph.D. thesis project of Jonathan Greenberg at Pontifica Universidad Catolica de Ecuador Scientific Research Station in Yasuní National Park, Ecuador documenting various local land-use practices and measuring forest canopy architecture and geographical position for analysis of a multispectral satellite imagery time series of deforestation patterns.
Denmark’s International Study (DIS) Abroad Program, Denmark (Spring, 2000) -Core courses were Marine Biology and Human Impact and Ecology in the North and Baltic Seas, and additionally Danish language and culture with the University of Copenhagen, and an internship in Human Health and Disease at the Central Hospital in Copenhagen.
Duke University/Organization for Tropical Studies (OTS) Undergraduate Semester Abroad, Costa Rica (Fall, 1999) - A four month program in Costa Rica focusing on tropical biology, tropical ecology field research, environmental studies in Central America, and Spanish language and culture. Program courses were taught on-site at multiple OTS tropical research stations, local farming cooperatives, and other conservation-oriented research institutes.
Coral Reef Ecology, Honduras (May, 1998) – Roatán Institute of Marine Sciences.The course included adding data to ongoing bio-monitoring research projects on local reef ecosystems, individual research projects, and forming a geological map of the Roatan Island, Honduras.
Other Work Experience:
Event Coordinator and Resident Advisor (05-2001 to 09-2001)
International Cotton Institute; Rhodes College 2000 N. Parkway, Memphis, TN38112.
Prepared catering for special events, audio-visual technical support for guest speakers and teachers, preparing field trips, and general office functions. In addition, the position also required resident advising to the 40+ students from 18 different countries attending the International Cotton Institute, which were housed in the RhodesCollege dormitories for the duration of the summer.
Student Office and Teacher's Assistant (09-1997 to 05-2001)
MeemanCenter for Lifelong Learning; Rhodes College 2000 N. Parkway, Memphis, TN38112.
Performed various secretarial office duties in maintaining the daily functioning of the MeemanCenter for Lifelong Learning including responding to phone calls, taking reservations for
courses, selling class supplies, reproducing class documents, preparation for classes and audio-visual support for professors.
- NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship for Graduate Student Research 2009-present
- UNESCO Young Professionals Program Finalist 2008
- US Student Fulbright Fellowship Recipient 2006-7
- IEEE IGARSS06 Student Prize Paper Competition Finalist 2006
- University Scholarship, RhodesCollege (1997-2001)
- “One Minute Maalox Award” for Fast-Acting Heroism 1997
- Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc. Student Member
- Ecological Society of America Student Member
- American Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing Student Member
- Ecology Graduate Group Mardi Gras Fundraiser Ball Committee 2004, ‘05, ‘08, ‘09
- Theatrical Translation and English Coaching for “Mil Tigres Tristes” 2006
- Election Poll Monitor/Assistant at UC Davis Campus, 2004, 2008
- Volunteer Spanish Translator and Field Assistant in Ecuador, 2002
- RhodesCollege Recycling Coordinator, 1997-1999
- Pi Kappa Alpha Community Service Chair, 1997-1999
- Surfrider Foundation Lifetime Member since 1997
- English – native language
- Spanish – read, write, and speak professionally
- Catalan –intermediate communication skills, Council of Europe Level A2 Certificate
Technical Skills and Software Programs:
- Microsoft Office XPAdobe
- Acrobat and Photoshop CS
- ESRI ARC GIS 9.3
- Trimble Pathfinder GPS Systems
- RSI ENVI 4.7
- ASD Field Spec Pro RS3
- JMP 8 and R Statistics Packages
- Miramon GIS and RS software
- ERDAS Imagine 9.0
- ASD Field Pro Spectrometer
- GER 2600 y 1500 Spectrometers
- ACORN (Atmospheric Correction Now)
- American Red Cross First Aid and CPR
- US Sailing Basic Keelboat
- UCDTeaching ResourceCenter “Think Before You Teach” Certificate
Kefauver, Shawn C.2008. Assessing Tropospheric Ozone Impacts on Bio-Indicator Species Using Imaging Spectroscopy and GIS in Yosemite and Sequoia/Kings Canyon National Parks.Master of Science Thesis in the Graduate Group in Ecology at the University of California at Davis.
Peer-Reviewed Scientific Publications:
Ustin, Susan L. Phillip G. Valko, Shawn C. Kefauver, Maria J. Santos, Jeff F. Zimpfer and Stanley D. Smith.2009. Remote Sensing of Biological Soil Crust Under Simulated Climate Change Manipulations in the Mojave Desert. Remote Sensing of the Environment 113:317-328.
Underwood, Emma, Melinda J. Mulitisch, Jonathan A. Greenberg, Mike L. Whiting, Susan L. Ustin, Shawn C. Kefauver.2005.Large scale mapping of invasive aquatic vegetation in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta using hyperspectral imagery. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment 121(1-3):47-64.
Stimson, Hugh C., David D. Breshears, Shawn C. Kefauver, Susan L. Ustin.2005. Spectral sensing of foliar water conditions in two co-occurring conifer species:Pinus edulis and Juniperus monosperma. Remote Sensing of Environment 96(1): 108-118.
Greenberg, Jonathan A, Shawn C Kefauver, Hugh C Stimson, Corey J Yeaton, and Susan L. Ustin. 2005. Survival analysis of a neotropical rainforest using multitemporal satellite imagery.Remote Sensing of Environment 92(2): 202-211.
Professional Presentations, Conferences, Seminars and Agency Reports:
Kefauver, Shawn. 2011. Análisis del impacto de contaminación del aire en bosques mediterráneos con sensores aéreos hiperspectrales y SIG.Seminar at the Masters program in Remote Sensing and GIS, University of Alcalá de Henares, Alcalá, Spain
Roy, Sagarika, Ustin, Susan, Kefauver, Shawn.2009.Poster: Estimation of Evapotranspiration of Almond orchards using Remote Sensing based SEBAL model in Central Valley, California. Fall Meeting of the American Geophysical Union, San Francisco, CA December 14-18, 2009.
Kefauver, Shawn, Angela Ribas and Josep Peñuelas. 2007. Remote Sensing of Air Pollution and Climate Change Impacts on Pinus uncinata in the Pyrenees of Catalonia. Proceedings from the 2007 IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium, Barcelona, Spain, July 23 -27, 2007.
Josep Peñuelas, Marc Estiarte, Romà Ogaya, Iolanda Filella, Alistair Jump, Martín Garbulsky, Jordi Sardans, Joan LLusià, Roger Seco, Giorgio Alessio, Jenny Hunt, Sue Owen, Dolores Asensio, Patricia Prieto, Angela Ribas, Benjamin Carrillo, Salvador Blanch, Marta Coll, Shawn Kefauver, Constanti Stefanescu, Francisco Lloret, Jaume Terradas. 2007. "Climate change effects on Mediterranean forests: from observations to experimentation, from genetics to remote sensing". Afforestation and sustainable forests as means to combat desertification. 16-19 April Jerusalem, Israel, pàg 50.
Kefauver, S.C., J Greenberg, S.L. Ustin.2006Hyperspectral Remote Sensing of Air Pollution Impacts on Forest Health Using Bio-Indicators.Proceedings from the 2006 IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium and 27th Canadian Symposium on Remote Sensing.Student Prize Paper Sesssion, Denver, CO, USA 31 July - 4 August 2006.
Kefauver, S.C., J Greenberg, S.L. Ustin.2006Remote Sensing of Tropospheric Ozone Impacts on Bio-Indicator Species Using Imaging Spectroscopy.Proceeding from the 5th European Congress on Regional Geoscientific Cartography and Information Systems: Earth and Water.Barcelona, Spain,June 13 -16, 2006.
Kefauver, S.C., S. Mastrangelo, S.L. Ustin.2005.Anthropogenic and climate change impacts on Sequoia-KingsCanyon and YosemiteNational Parks using AVIRIS. Proceedings of the 15th Earth Science Airborne Workshop, JetPropulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA 28 March-April 1, 2005.
Kefauver, SC.2005. Remote Sensing and GIS.RhodesCollege Biology Seminar Series.February 20, 2005Memphis, TN.
Ustin, S.L., E.C. Underwood, M.J. Mulitsch, J.A. Greenberg,S.C. Kefauver, M.L. Whiting, C.A. Rueda, C.M. Ramirez, G.J. Scheer, and L.F. Ross.2004.Mapping invasive plant species in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta region using hyperspectral imagery.Report Submitted to California Department of Boating and Waterways. 2000 Evergreen Street, Sacramento, California95815.
Ustin, S.L., Darling, D., Kefauver, S.C., Greenberg, J., Cheng, Y.-B., and Whiting, M.L. Remotely sensed estimates of crop water demand.International Symposium on Optical Science and Technology, 49th Annual Meeting.Denver, Colorado, August 2-6, 2004.
Kefauver, S.C.2003. The basics of atmospheric correction.Lecture at the Strategic
Environmental Research and Development Program Training Workshop Nov.12-13, 2003.CSTARS Lab, University of California, Davis.
Kefauver, S.C.2003.An introduction to field spectrometry techniques and instrumentation.Lecture at the Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program Training Workshop Nov.12-13, 2003.CSTARS Lab, University California, Davis.
Kefauver, S.C., J.M. Kefauver.2003.SAMS: Spectral Analysis and Management System.Lecture at the Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program Training Workshop Nov.12-13, 2003.CSTARS Lab, University of California, Davis.
Ustin, S.L. and S.C. Kefauver. 2003. Estimating mid-season cotton yield variability.Precision Agriculture Field Day #2 July 24, 2003 Ted Sheely's Farm Lemoore, CA.
Whiting, M. L., L. Li, S.L. Ustin, M.C. Lay, and S.C. Kefauver.2003. Mapping clay mineral contents in soil surfaces with hyperspectral images.Precision Agriculture Field Day #2 July 24, 2003 Ted Sheely's Farm, Lemoore, CA.
Kefauver, S.C., P. Zarco-Tejada, and S.L. Ustin.2003. AG20/20: Cotton Growth Modeling using Multispectal and Hyperspectral Imagery: Plans for 2003 Ag20/20 Meeting May 29, 2003 Kings County CES Office Hanford, CA.
USA Work Address:
120 Veihmeyer Hall
University of California, Davis
One Shields Avenue
Phone: +001 530-752-5092
FAX: +001 530-754-5491
Spain Work Address:
Campus de Bellaterra (UAB)
08193 Cerdanyola del Vallés
Phone: +34 93-581-1312
Fax: +34 93-581-4151