Rodolfo Martinez Morales
B.Sc. in Agronomy and Soil Science, University of Chapingo, Mexico (1989)
M. Sc. in Agronomy and Soil Science, University of Hawaii (1994)
Ph.D. in Forestry, GIS and Remote Sensing, University of Hawaii (2010)
Environmental Monitoring: use of satellite imagery and image processing
technologies for classification and land cover mapping. GIS database design,
geo-statistics and visualization of geospatial data for spatial pattern
Landscape and Ecosystem Ecology:
use of remote sensing and GIS technologies for studies of ecosystem
structure, function and biodiversity in the context of conservation and
management. Biophysical and biochemical information extraction from satellite
imagery for landscape and regional characterization of forest health and
productivity, invasive species and fires using multi-scale approaches.
Other Achievements, Honors, Awards
Best PhD research in 2008 and 2010, Department of Natural Resources and
Environmental Management, University of Hawaii at Manoa.
Big-picture Career Goal
To determine how various landscape-scale land, vegetation and
hydrological processes are changing due to climate change effects and how forest
management actions are mitigating short and long term changes.
Rodolfo enjoys hiking, picnicking, soccer and dancing salsa.
Martinez Morales, R. (2012). Using Remotely Sensed
Imagery for Forest Resource Assessment and Inventory, in Forest Ecosystems-More
than Just Trees (Eds. Juan A. Blanco and Yueh-Hsin Lo,
http://www.intechopen.com/books/forest-ecosystems-more-than-just-trees), INTECH, Open Access Company, Rijeka,
Martinez Morales, R., Idol, T. and Chen, Q. (2012). Classification of
Koa (Acacia koa) forest stands across an environmental gradient in Hawai‘i
using fine resolution remotely sensed imagery, International
Journal of Remote Sensing, 33(11), 3492-3511.
Martinez Morales, R., Idol, T. and Friday, J.B. (2011). Remote sensing
of Acacia koa forest health across elevation and climate gradients in Hawaii, Sensors, 11, 5677-5694; doi:10.3390/s110605677.
Martinez Morales, R. and Idol, T. (2010). Using remote sensing to
assess forest structure and growth at the tree level. Hawaii
Forest Journal, Vol. 5, August 2010.
Martinez Morales, R., Miura T, and Idol TW. (2008). An assessment of
Hawaiian dry forest condition and restoration potential with fine resolution
remote sensing. Forest Ecology and Management,
Current and Future Projects
Full Curriculum Vitae
- Effects of
the 2000s drought on forest hydrology in Northern Arizona.
- Impacts of
fires and other forest mortality agents on key components of state and
- Do past and
current management actions help to maintain water availability during
drought for the forest itself and for other ecosystems and people?.
- What are the
key interactions between past and current forest management and climate
change that would help to address forest management needs in critical areas.