Swenson's research tracks changes in terrestrial Earth's living surface at the landscape to region scale with remote sensing and geospatial analysis. Her interest include: how patterns and canopy structure are effected by drought, afforestation, and deforestation, patterns and climate shifts of ecosystem biodiversity, and providing access to practitioners to remotely sensed data and analysis. Prior to her 13 years in Duke's Nicholas School of the Environment, she held positions in NGOs (NatureServe, EcoCiencia), as well as in the US Federal Government (US Forest Service, National Park Service). Her research has been supported by NASA, NSF, USDA and other institutions.

School Division

Environmental Sciences & Policy


  • Ph.D., Oregon State University (2003)
  • M.A., San Diego State University (1995)
  • B.A., University of California Santa Barbara (1990)