Remote Sensing Team

The remote sensing team’s strategic priorities are restoration assessment and restoration monitoring

Greg McDermid, Remote Sensing Team Lead

Greg is a geospatial scientist whose research activities revolve around the application of remote sensing and other geospatial technologies to environmental monitoring and ecology. He is involved in a wide variety of interdisciplinary research collaborations in the fields of wildlife ecology, biodiversity assessment, ecological monitoring, plant-phenology assessment, and vegetation mapping. He’s interested in a broad range of remote sensing and other GIScience pursuits, including UAVs, cloud computing, environmental modelling, and data fusion/integration.

Irina Terentieva, Postdoctoral Fellow

Irina is a postdoctoral fellow who joined BERA in Spring 2022. Her past work involved organizing and carrying out field investigations of peatlands, floodplains, lakes, and arctic areas of Western Siberia with a focus on large-scale greenhouse gas emission estimates and remote sensing. Her current research applies neural networks for object detection of seedlings using drone imagery. In her spare time, Irina enjoys traveling in remote locations and experiencing local cultures. Irina has also participated in speleological expeditions to the deepest caves, spending many days underground!


Colette Shellian, PhD Student

Colette is a PhD student with interests in forest ecology and using remote sensing techniques to understand forest regeneration in fragmented landscapes. She also completed her MSc in the BERA program, investigating factors that influence seedling growth on seismic lines. In her spare time, Colette loves spending time in the mountains- whether it be hiking, paddle boarding, kayaking or skiing.

Nicole Byford, MSc Student

Nicole is a Master’s student joining BERA’s remote sensing team under the supervision of Greg McDermid. Her research is focused on using aerial remote sensing technologies to assess vegetation recovery along seismic lines in northern Alberta. In her spare time, Nicole enjoys hiking, cross-country skiing, and reading.

Xue Yan Chan, MSc Student

Xue Yan is a Master’s student joining BERA’s remote sensing team in Fall 2022. Xue Yan is a drone operator and her research is focused on linking plant traits to drone-based remote sensing datasets. She’s interested in using machine learning methods for 2-D and 3-D image analysis.

Tanya Yeomans, MSc Student

Tanya comes from a multidisciplinary background and is looking forward to working with spectral time series data in Google Earth Engine to track vegetation recovery on boreal disturbances.

Yusif Abdullai, MSc Student

Yusif is a Master’s student from Ghana. He joined the lab in Fall 2021. He is using LiDAR-based change detection to monitor natural recovery along seismic lines. In his spare time Yusif loves to go kayaking and play tennis

Felix Weimer, MSc Student

Felix is a MSc student from Ludwig Maximilians University of Munich, and the latest of a series of LMU student to participate in BERA through the Alberta-Bavaria Research Network. Felix’s research uses LiDAR to characterize surface morphology on and around seismic lines.