Sharmistha Swain, Graduate Research Assistant
Sharmistha Swain joined the NDMC as a Ph.D. student pursuing a degree in geography at the beginning of the 2008-2009 academic year. Her advisors are Brian Wardlow, who leads the NDMC’s GIScience program area, and Dr. Sunil Narumalani at the Center for Advanced Land Management Information Technology, which is also based in the School of Natural Resources at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Sharmistha is specializing in remote sensing and GIS applications for environmental monitoring and her dissertation research will focus on the use of traditional, satellite-based vegetation index data and thermal observations for drought monitoring.
Sharmistha, from India, earned an M.A. in geography from Utkal University in 1998; an M. Phil. in geography from the same university in 1999; and an M. Sc. in integrated watershed development and management from the Asian Institute of Technology in Bangkok, Thailand, in 2001.
From 2002 to 2007, she was a research assistant, involved in mangrove vegetation mapping and change detection studies using satellite data, which was funded by the Indian Council of Social Science Research.
In her spare time, Sharmistha says, "I love to visit places. I'm a geographer. I watch the Discovery Channel and see people and places all over the world." She also enjoys movies, both American and Indian.