April 30 – May 3: Educational Program | May 1 - 3: Exhibits

Karen Joyce

She Flies/ James Cook University


I graduated in 2005 with a PhD in Geographical Sciences from the University of Queensland. My focus was on mapping live coral cover using remote sensing. Using my remote sensing expertise for a variety of applications, I have since worked as a Geomatic Engineering Officer in the Australian Army, developed models for spatially explicit mapping of recreation opportunities across New Zealand’s conservation estate, and developed techniques for integrating remote sensing into all phases of the disaster management cycle. My primary area of interest is in creating, applying and automating remote sensing tools for environmental monitoring and management problems. While the environmental target may vary from marine and coastal through to savanna ecosystems, my common approach is to optimise models for rapid quantitative information extraction and communication purposes. I am currently the Senior Lecturer in Remote Sensing and GIS at James Cook University in Cairns, Australia. I am also the Co-Founder of She Flies - an initiative designed to encourage more women and girls to engage in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) through the world of drones.


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