I am a wildfire scientist with a focus on GIS and LiDAR, and a passion for teaching and outreach.
I am broadly interested in applying the technologies of remote sensing and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to improve the coexistance between people, ecosystems, and wildfire. How might these tools be used to enhance our knowledge of the wildfire, society, and the built environment? How can we conserve habitat and forest resilience in the face of inevitable wildfire? How can we use these data to inform policy and guide our decisions about potential futures?
Anu has the technical experience, positivity, and compassion of an exceptional leader. During the nine months that I assisted on her research in the SILVIS Lab, I knew her to always be upbeat, organized, and open to provide help and feedback. With regular check-ins and weekly meetings, Anu set up a great space for my coworkers and I to exchange tips, brainstorm solutions, and decide which tasks to prioritize. I felt comfortable talking to her about both professional and personal decisions, and even chose her as my mentor for an independent project after my job ended. As my mentor, Anu consistently gave great research advice, always had a list of helpful resources, and suggested creative questions that greatly shaped the final goals of my project. It is clear that Anu cares deeply not only about her work but about helping the people around her grow and prosper. I have no doubt that she will make an excellent leader, whether as a researcher, supervisor, or professor.
~ Caroline Armer
January 31, 2018