Erin Hestir joined NC State in August 2014 as a Chancellor’s Excellence Program cluster hire in Geospatial Analytics. She is an assistant professor in the Department of Marine, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences and a faculty fellow in the Center for Geospatial Analytics. Her research focuses on earth observations to address the multiple stressors acting upon the earth’s systems under threat for water and food security and biodiversity. Hestir’s expertise is in using geospatial technologies and techniques such as airborne high spectral and high spatial imaging spectroscopy, LiDAR and satellite remote sensing coupled with in situ sensor networks and long term monitoring programs. These technologies all provide large amounts of spatially and temporally explicit earth observations. These big data can provide new opportunities to quantify ecosystem and water responses to environmental and climate change at regional to continental scales.
Hestir is an adjunct Senior Lecturer at the University of Southern Queensland, Australia. She is also a member of the international GEO Biodiversity Observation Network Freshwater working group and the GEO Inland and Coastal Water Quality working group. She received a Ph.D. in geography from UC Davis under the supervision of Susan L. Ustin, and a bachelor of arts in physical geography from UC Berkeley. Previously, Hestir was a postdoctoral fellow in Environmental Earth Observation in Australia’s national science agency, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation. There, she led a research program to improve systematic monitoring of water quality and aquatic ecosystems using earth observations, which was used to influence national sustainable resource management activities. She was a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Land, Air and Water Resources at the University of California, Davis, where she investigated harmful algal blooms in the San Francisco estuary using remote sensing.