Jackie Dean is a Research Assistant who studies how changes in forests over time intersect with communities and other natural systems. At Woodwell, she applies her knowledge of remote sensing, data management, and modeling to arctic systems.
Dean has a background in forest ecology. Her master’s research explored land cover and control change and industrial agriculture in Indonesia. During her undergraduate degree at Cornell, she also conducted field work relating to forest dynamics and translated that experience to land cover studies that use remote sensing and mapping.
She first got excited about using geospatial data to help answer place-based questions when she started learning about mapping technologies. She hopes her research will help investigate the causes and effects of climate issues and help guide decision makers.
In her free time, she can be found rock climbing or engaging in other outdoor activities like backpacking, surfing, or ice climbing.