Remote Sensing and Endangered Species
Dr. Xulin Guo studies the remote sensing of grasslands in effort to monitor productivity and examine habitats for endangered species.
Grassland ecology, forest ecology, and biogeochemical cycles are utilized to understand and track changing landscapes and the resulting effects for animal health, particularly those species at risk of becoming endangered. The effects of disturbances such as fire and grazing have been funded by Parks Canada to analyze grazing effects of animal populations and the burn effects of wildfires.
Dr. Guo has received funding from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) to examine the heterogeneity of grassland using temporal and spatial systems. Fieldwork has taken place in Grasslands National Park for the last decade which has also served as the grounds for graduate student training for fieldwork. Another project of Dr. Guo’s, the Northern Ecosystem Monitoring Program, uses satellites to monitor an area over a number of years to observe the effects of climate change. Future research interests for Guo include investigating the connection between the spread of West Nile Virus and landscape.