Pulakesh Das is currently working as a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the School of Forest Sources at University of Maine, USA. He received PhD degree from the Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur in July 2019. Previously, Pulakesh worked as a Program Manager in the Sustainable Landscapes and Restoration program at World Resources Institute India. He taught for two years (2017-2019) as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Remote Sensing and GIS at Vidyasagar University, India. He is currently working on White Pine Needle Damage (WPND) detection using satellite remote sensing and machine learning algorithms. His broad research interests include spatial ecology, vegetation dynamics, and remote sensing and GIS applications in land surface modeling.
Parinaz Rahimzadeh-Bajgiran is an Associate Professor in the School of Forest Sources at the University of Maine. Dr Rahimzadeh received her PhD from the University of Tokyo, Japan in 2011. She was a postdoctoral research associate at the Dept. of Geography, University of Guelph in Canada, from 2011 to 2013. Her research focus has been on forest health and productivity estimation, forest disturbance studies, and drought and evapotranspiration measurement using optical, radar and thermal infrared satellite sensors. Dr Rahimzadeh currently has several active projects to address sustainable forest management issues related to forest health and productivity modelling in the Northeastern forests of Canada and the USA.