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Ying Sun, PhD


Principal Investigator

Dr. Sun is an Assistant Professor at School of Integrative Plant Science, Soil and Crop Sciences Section at Cornell. She is also a Faculty Fellow for Atkinson Center for Sustainable Future. She received her Ph.D. in Climate Science from the University of Texas at Austin in 2013, and her B.S. in GIS and Remote Sensing from Beijing Normal University in China in 2008. Her research seeks to understand how plant eco-physiological processes govern the interaction and feedbacks between terrestrial ecosystems (both natural and managed) and climate.

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Christine Chang, PhD


Research Associate

(USDA NIFA Postdoc Fellow, 2018-2020)

Dr. Chang received her B.A. in Biology from Barnard College in 2009 and her Ph.D. in Plant Physiology from the University of Toronto in 2016. Her research lies at the nexus of plant physiology, climate change, and remote sensing with a focus on developing new tools for precision agriculture.

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Oz Kira, PhD


Postdoc Associate

(BARD Postdoc Fellow)

Dr. Kira received two B.Sc. degrees (Chemical Engineering and Chemistry) from Ben Gurion University of the Negev, and M.Sc. and Ph.D. (Environmental Engineering) from the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology. His research interests concentrate on in-situ and remote sensing of plants, soil and the atmosphere in the agro-environment, for promoting sustainable agriculture.

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Jimei Han, PhD


Postdoc Associate

Dr. Han received her Ph.D. in Agriculture from Shihezi University in China in 2019. Her research interest focuses on  plant ecophysiology and photosynthetic physiology, especially chlorophyll a fluorescence emission and light reaction model of photosynthesis.

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Gerardo Soto, PhD


Postdoc Associate

Dr. Soto has B.S. and Professional degrees in Environmental Engineering from the Universidad de Santiago de Chile, and earned his Ph.D. in Natural Resources at Cornell University. His past research focuses on the application of multiple workflows to address ecological questions regarding biodiversity loss. His current research focuses on crop modeling in Earth System Models.

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Jiaming Wen


PhD Candidate

Mr. Wen received his B.E. degree in Hydrology and Hydraulic Engineering from Tsinghua University in 2017, and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. degree at Cornell. His research focuses on applying Solar-Induced chlorophyll Fluorescence (SIF) satellite observations to study terrestrial ecosystem dynamics, climate-carbon feedbacks, and crop yield prediction.


Master of Professional Study (MPS)

Mr. Xie received his B.S.S in Geography in 2019 from the National University of Singapore. He is currently pursuing a Masters’ of Professional Study in Agriculture and Life Sciences specializing in geospatial applications. He is interested in analyzing remote sensing data, specifically through the incorporation of deep learning for crop type classification.


Zhiming Hong


Visiting Student

Mr. Hong received his B.S. in Information and Computational Science in 2015 and is pursuing his Ph.D. degree in photogrammetry and remote sensing, both from WUHAN University. Now he is a visiting student in Cornell University. His research interests lie in the Remote Sensing of Agriculture, especially for Drought Monitoring.