Danica Schaffer-Smith

Danica Schaffer-Smith

I am interested in global change ecology and natural resource management. My dissertation research uses satellite remote sensing and geospatial tools to describe the extent and variability of inland surface waters used by migratory shorebirds in California, and assess how shorebirds respond to interannual habitat fluctuations and cyclical droughts.


Austin, KG, González-Roglich, M, Schaffer-Smith, D, Schwantes, AM, and Swenson, JJ. "Trends in size of tropical deforestation events signal increasing dominance of industrial-scale drivers." Environmental Research Letters 12, no. 5 (May 9, 2017).
Schaffer-Smith, D, Swenson, JJ, Barbaree, B, and Reiter, ME. "Three decades of Landsat-derived spring surface water dynamics in an agricultural wetland mosaic; Implications for migratory shorebirds." Remote Sensing of Environment 193 (May 2017): 180-192.
Schaffer-Smith, D, and Swenson, JJ. "Open Source Remote Sensing and (Some) GIS for Ecologists." Landscape Ecology 32, no. 2 (February 2017): 461-463.
SCHAFFER-SMITH, DANICA, SWENSON, JENNIFERJ, and BÓVEDA-PENALBA, ANTONIOJ. "Rapid conservation assessment for endangered species using habitat connectivity models." Environmental Conservation (2016): 1-10.

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PhD program: Environment

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