March 2, 2021 at 9:15 pm

Plant Biology Colloquium | Spectroscopy of Plants, March 12

Anna Schweiger, portrait

Dr. Anna Schweiger

The Environmental & Plant Biology Colloquium Series presents Dr. Anna Schweiger discussing “Spectroscopy of plants – What light spectra can tell us about functional, taxonomic, and phylogenetic dimensions of plant biodiversity” on Friday, March 12, at 11:50 a.m. via Zoom.

Schweiger is a Postdoctoral Researcher in Remote Sensing Laboratories in the Department of Geography at the University of Zurich in Switzerland.

The host is the Plant Biology graduate students, and the contact is Brett Fredericksen.

Abstract: Spectroscopy has made its way from lab analysis to biodiversity discovery tool used in airborne and future space borne Earth observation campaigns. In this talk, I’m going to present some spectroscopy basics; the use of spectrometers across scales (from leaves, to individual plants, and plant communities); applications of imaging spectroscopy for mapping plant functional traits, community composition, and the detection of plant species and disease; and recent developments that utilize spectra as integrative measure of plant phenotypes. Spectroscopy not only allows modeling, predicting and mapping functional, taxonomic, and phylogenetic plant biodiversity continuously and repeatedly, it also integrates previously disparate sectors of biodiversity science and remote sensing, which is critical at this time of rapid global change.

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