2019 SCGIS 22nd Annual Conference
July 16, 2019 -- CBI's Rebecca Degagne presents at this year's SCGIS Conference


Rebecca Degagne, M.S.
Geospatial Scientist, Conservation Biologist

In 2013, CBI and SCGIS began a collaborative effort to share internal projects, research, and tool training. CBI regularly hosts two annual SCGIS webinar series: one in the fall and another in the spring. The primary goal of these webinars is to share our high quality scientific products with the agencies, practitioners, policy makers and stakeholders who need these products to do their work.

This week, Rebecca Degagne (Geospatial Scientist, Conservation Biologist, and CBI's Remote-Sensing expert) presented some of CBI's current work at the 2019 SCGIS 22nd Annual Conference. In her first presentation, Rebecca shared CBI's efforts to conserve the endangered Stephens’ kangaroo rat (Dipodomys stephensi), by developing innovative habitat maps using satellite imagery. Rebecca's second talk - titled "Mapping Mississippi Forests with Sentinel Satellites and Machine Learning" - described the processing of Sentinel satellite data, random forest modeling, field work, and online tools developed for the USDA and how this methodology can be used elsewhere to map forest attributes in the US.


Group picture from the 2019 SCGIS 22nd Annual Conference


SKR Habitat suitability model
CBI is teaming up with Riverside County’s Habitat Conservation Agency to create a habitat suitability model for the Stephens’ kangaroo rat (SKR) in Western Riverside and San Diego Counties, the species last stronghold.

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