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Erin Questad

Professor Erin Questad works to promote and restore native species to their natural habitats. Current projects in California and Hawaii involve using remote sensing data to test questions related to landscape planning and invasive plant dynamics for restoration and reintroduction. Her projects combine high-resolution remote sensing data with field-based studies to improve restoration outcomes in dry ecosystems. Following wildfires in the Angeles National Forest, one project is mapping vegetation change to identify sites that might have the best success with human intervention. A second project is testing how to select which restoration treatments to use in different areas of the Angeles National Forest.

Recent Grants and Fellowships:

  • Agricultural Research Institute at Cal Poly Pomona, “Novel methods for post-fire restoration and management in California wildlands,” $176,664, with N. Stavros (Co-PI, NASA JPL), 2018-2020
  • NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory funding for HBCU/MI, “Remote sensing ground truth for imaging spectroscopy in the Angeles National Forest,” $50,000 ($40,000 to Cal Poly Pomona), with D. Schimel (PI, NASA JPL) and S. Bonfield (Co-PI, Environment for the Americas), 2018
  • National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, “Assessment, Prioritization, and Planning for Restoration and Conservation Activities on the Angeles National Forest, $287,547 ($51,297 to Cal Poly Pomona), with S. Bonfield (PI) and D. Schimel (Co-PI), 2018-2019
  • Agricultural Research Institute at Cal Poly, Pomona, “Uses of Southern California Black Walnut (Juglans californica) in landscaping, restoration, and control of weedy plant species,” $363,085., PI with Co-PI’s E. Bobich and K. Bozak, 2014-2018
  • Department of Defense Environmental Security Technology Certification Program, “Remote sensing technology for threatened and endangered plant species recovery,” $1,389,910 ($474,356 to Cal Poly, Pomona), PI with Co-PI’s J. Kellner and S. Cordell, 2012-2017

Selected Publications:



Ph.D. with honors in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Kansas, 2008

B.S., Biology, Penn State University, 1997

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