Dr. Susan L. Ustin is a Professor in the Department of Land, Air, and Water Resources at the University of California Davis for 26 years and is Director of the Center for Spatial Technologies and Remote Sensing (CSTARS). She received a Ph.D. in Botany from the University of California Davis (1983) in the area of plant physiological ecology (salinity stess) and M.A. and B.S. degrees in Biology from the California State University Hayward (1974, 1978). She has more than 30 year experience with NASA’s earth remote sensing programs and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Zurich in 2010 for her scientific contributions.
She is the Director of the UCD Center of Excellence for UAS Safety, one of the six core members of the ASSURE UAS Consortium. She was a pioneer in the development of imaging spectrometery, working with the Jet Propulsion Lab’s Airborne Imaging Spectrometery (AIS) program since 1983 and is an expert on ecological applications of this data. She has published more than 200 scientific papers related to agricultural and ecological remote sensing and has worked with most of the U.S. airborne and spaceborne systems. A current member of the MODIS science team, HyspIRI Science Working Group for a proposed satellite imaging spectrometer and a member of the HyspIRI Prototype Study. She has served on numerous national and international committees and was a scientific advisor to Northrup-Grumman for NPOESS and has consulted for Boeing, Ball Aerospace and Space Sciences, among others.