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.


Schaffer Smith, Danica, and Jennifer Swenson. “Data and scripts from: Migratory shorebird response to non-tidal wetland dynamics at an internationally important inland Pacific Flyway stopover,” February 23, 2018. https://doi.org/10.7924/r47w6b882.
Austin, K. G., M. González-Roglich, D. Schaffer-Smith, A. M. Schwantes, and J. J. Swenson. “Trends in size of tropical deforestation events signal increasing dominance of industrial-scale drivers.” Environmental Research Letters 12, no. 5 (May 9, 2017). https://doi.org/10.1088/1748-9326/aa6a88.
Schaffer-Smith, Danica, Jennifer J. Swenson, Blake Barbaree, and Matthew E. Reiter. “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): 180–92. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.rse.2017.02.016.
Schaffer-Smith, Danica, and Jennifer J. Swenson. “Open Source Remote Sensing and (Some) GIS for Ecologists.” Landscape Ecology 32, no. 2 (February 2017): 461–63. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10980-016-0468-5.
SCHAFFER-SMITH, D. A. N. I. C. A., J. E. N. N. I. F. E. R. J. SWENSON, and A. N. T. O. N. I. O. J. BÓVEDA-PENALBA. “Rapid conservation assessment for endangered species using habitat connectivity models.” Environmental Conservation, 2016, 1–10. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0376892915000405.

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PhD program: Environment

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