Associate Director of Research, Muir Institute
Distinguished Professor, Environmental and Resource Science; Vice Chair, Department of Land, Air, and Water Resources; Director, Center for Spatial Technologies and Remote Sensing (CSTARS); Ph.D, Botany (UC Davis); M.S. Biology (CSU Hayward); B.S. Biology (CSU Hayward).
Ustin has more than 35 years of experience working with satellite and airborne earth observing
remote sensing programs, including extensive field – based methods (spectral signature
development, radiance/reflectance calibration, quantifying biophysical condition of targets).
Ustin was a pioneer in the development of environmental applications of imaging spectroscopy
data from spectral mixture analysis to leaf radiative transfer models and has worked on a wide range of terrestrial, freshwater, and near – shore aquatic ecosystems, advancing community scale
mapping and more recently of species mapping, development of methods for quantifying
Over the past 25 years, Ustin has served on or led several NASA satellite proposals to fly an
imaging spectrometer in space. She has received various awards for her work, most notably being
awarded an honorary Doctorate from the University of Zurich in 2010. She has managed two
educational outreach programs, the UCD Space Grant (NASA) and CalView (USGS AmericaView) programs, and has published more than 200 peer reviewed journal articles and 130 scientific proceedings, among various other documents.