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Brian Lee

headshot of Brian Lee

PhD Student

Bren Hall 1001

brianlee52@bren.ucsb.edu

Education
Master of Environmental Management in Ecology, Yale University, Connecticut
BS, Biology, Pacific Union College, California

Bio
Brian graduated from Pacific Union College in 2012 with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. He spent the next three years in Rwanda as a Peace Corps Volunteer working both as a high school science teacher and as a conservationist protecting mountain gorillas in the Virunga Massif. Brian then went on to receive his Masters in Environmental Management from the School of Forestry at Yale University, where he focused on all things spatial ecology, including remote sensing and GIS. Most recently, Brian spent the last year working at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, where he was the calibration/validation lead for the ECOSTRESS sensor on the ISS under Dr. Josh Fisher. At Bren, Brian is interested in studying land-use change and deforestation in the tropics, with the hopes of forecasting future deforestation based on past trends and socioeconomic drivers. Brian has a deep appreciation for the natural world, long bicycle rides, and carrot cake.

Year Admitted
2019

Research Areas 
Spatial Ecology, Remote Sensing, Land-use Change, Deforestation

Faculty Advisor
Ashley Larsen