GEOG 883
Remote Sensing Image Analysis and Applications

Jarlath - Instructor Info


Video: Remote Sensing Certification Program at Penn State (1:12)

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Hi, my name is Jarlath O'Neil-Dunne. I teach some of the online remote sensing courses at Penn State. I got my start using geospatial technologies as an undergraduate forestry major when I took a course from a professor in which, at the very end, he talked about how he used satellite imagery to map high elevation forests decline. And I became his research assistant and was just really amazed by how we can use imagery acquired hundreds of miles above the Earth's surface to map things, and in some cases, we couldn't even see with our own eyes.

I spent four years after I graduated serving in the infantry in the United States Marine Corps. Came back, went to graduate school, and have really just continued my career in geospatial technology. On my day job, I manage a team that does everything from make 3D models of trees and urban areas so that planners can better understand their green infrastructure, to deploying with our drone team for emergencies, to map natural disasters. On my personal side, I live in Vermont and I'm a year-round bike commuter. And no matter what the weather, you'll find me making my 5 and 1/2 mile journey to and from work each and every day. And I look forward to seeing you online.


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Jarlath O’Neil-Dunne is a lecturer for the Online Geospatial Education Program at Penn State. He is also a faculty member at the University of Vermont where he is the Director of the Spatial Analysis Laboratory (SAL) and holds a joint position with the US Forest Service. He serves on the Board of Directors for AmericaView, a nationwide remote sensing consortium, and on the Board of Directors for the Vermont Center for Geographic Information (VCGI).

Jarlath has over 15 years' experience with geospatial technology and is recognized as a leading expert on the design and application of automated systems for extracting features from complex geospatial datasets. Jarlath has been received numerous awards for his work including the Vermont Spatial Data Partnership's Outstanding Achievement Award, the New York State GIS Partnership Award, the eCognition Black Belt (awarded by Nobel Laureate Dr. Gerd Binnig), and the US Forest Service Northern Research Station's 2010 award for Excellence in Science and Technology. For over a decade, Jarlath served as an officer in the United States Marine Corps (active and reserve), with tours in the Middle East, the Asia-Pacific region, and East Africa.

Jarlath received his Bachelor's degree in Forest Science from the University of New Hampshire, his Master's degree in Water Resources from the University of Vermont, and a Certificate in Leadership & Management from the University of Vermont. In addition, he received certificates in hyperspectral imaging and joint geospatial operations from the National Geospatial-Intelligence College.

You can read more of his musings about geospatial technology on his blog site, Letters from the SAL.