Greg Asner of the Department of Global Ecology has been picked by Popular Science magazine as one of its annual “Brillant 10.” According to the magazine’s November issue, Brilliant 10 researchers “challenge what we thought it was possible to know,” and Asner “created a new way to map the environment and everything in it.” The article highlights his remote-sensing work in Hawaii, noting that the techniques he developed enable him to map the nitrogen, water, and carbon levels in vegetation covering areas up to 40,000 acres a day. These data can be used to track the spread of invasive species, monitor the effects of droughts, and guide tree-planting projects intended to counter global warming.

Read the Popular Science article here.

Read the coverage in USA Today here.