Post-Doctoral Researchers

Jose Francisco Ruiz-Munoz Jose Francisco Ruiz-Munoz

Post-Doctorial Researcher at the University of Florida
Advisor: Alina Zare

Doctor of Engineering
Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Manizales, Colombia
2017

Master of Engineering
Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Manizales, Colombia
2012

Electronic Engineering
Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Manizales, Colombia
2010

His main research interests include pattern recognition, digital signal processing, multi-instance learning and dictionary learning, and their applications to analysis and classification of images and acoustic data. From August-2010 to May-2017, he was a member of the Signal Processing and Recognition Group from Universidad Nacional de Colombia. In 2014, he served as a research intern at Oregon State University Bioacoustics Group, OR. Jose has taught undergraduate courses on Electrical Circuits, Digital Electronic, and Analog Electronics, at Universidad Nacional de Colombia (Manizales, Colombia), and Instituto Tecnologico Metropolitano (Medellin, Colombia).

Susan Meerdink Susan Meerdink

Post-Doctorial Researcher at the University of Florida
Advisor: Alina Zare
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Ph.D. Geography
University of California Santa Barbara
2018

M.A. Geography
University of California Santa Barbara
2014

B.S. Geographical Information Science
University of Northern Iowa
2012

B.A. Ecology & Systematics Honors Research
University of Northern Iowa
2012

She studies the ability to map plant species across seasons in diverse ecosystems. She uses various technologies to study plant health across environmental gradients and physiology’s effect on optical properties of plant species. She is broadly trained in plant physiology, remote sensing, and ecosystem science. Her research leverages a number of tools including novel quantitative methods, land surface temperature, and leaf and imaging spectroscopy in the optical and thermal domain.