Erin Hestir is an Associate Professor in Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of California, Merced. Dr. Hestir earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of California Berkeley, and her Ph.D. from UC Davis. Her research focuses on aquatic ecosystems under threat from competing pressures to meet societal needs for water and food security while sustaining biodiversity and other ecosystem services such as water quality. She has expertise in geospatial analytics, hyperspectral and satellite remote sensing and sensor networks for inland and coastal waters and wetlands. Dr. Hestir also has expertise in the application of remote sensing for water resources and ecosystem management, and in facilitating the adoption of remote sensing for environmental reporting.