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Christopher Anderson

Christopher Anderson

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Chris is a PhD student at Stanford's Department of Biology and the Center for Conservation Biology. His dissertation work is focused on how to develop ecologically-based biodiversity monitoring systems using ecological scaling principles. It includes both conceptual and applied components, with chapters mapping individual tree crowns to the species scale using airborne imagery, and mapping the niche and distribution the mosquito disease vectors Aedes aegypti and Ae. albopictus with satellite imagery. These applications span several orders of biological magnitude, mapping some of the largest (trees) and smallest (mosquitoes) terrestrial macro-organisms, demonstrating the power of integrating ecological scaling principles into remote sensing analyses. From this work emerges an actionable approach for measuring, monitoring, and forecasting biodiversity change, highlighting opportunities to establish EO as the backbone of global biodiversity monitoring. Chris previously worked at the Carnegie Institute for Science in the Department of Global Ecology, and is the co-founder of Salo Sciences, a conservation analytics & monitoring company.