Research Team

Ian McDonald

MSc Student,

Ian McDonald is a MSc student in the ReSEC Lab and is a recipient of the Graduate Entry Scholarship in Gepgraphy. His research focuses on monitoring ecosystem features in wetlands and farmlands (e.g., vegetation growth and heath status) using multi-type remote sensing technologies. Part of his research focuses on monitoring ground subsidence and bog surface oscillation using differential interferometric synthetic aperture radar (DInSAR). Before coming to SFU, he attended the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire (US) for his undergraduate degree in Geography. He also worked full-time as an Ecological Restoration Technician and GIS Intern in the Chicagoland area in the US.


Lilian Yang

PhD Student,

Lilian Yang is a PhD student in the ReSEC Lab and is a recipient of the Graduate Entry Scholarship in Geography. Her research interests include using remote sensing for monitoring environmental features and wildfire-land analysis. She holds a BSc in Earth Science from University of California-Santa Barbara and an MA Degree in Geography from California State University-Long Beach. Lilian was an intern for NASA DEVELOP at the National Center for Environmental Information (NCEI) before joining SFU. In her spare time, Lilian likes traveling, hiking, and going to the gym.


Dr. Ali Jamali

Postdoctoral Fellow,

Dr. Ali Jamali holds a Ph.D. degree in Geoinformatics earned from Universiti Teknologi Malaysia. During his doctoral research, he developed several advanced data analysis models, including interval-valued homotopy continuation and 3D Generative Adversarial Networks. Over the past several years, he has also developed machine learning algorithms to address current Canadian environmental issues, including ecological mapping (i.e., wetland mapping). To date, Dr. Jamali has published more than 40 articles and conference papers in top remote sensing journals and conferences. At SFU, his research will focus on mapping crop features using remote sensing in conjunction with advanced machine learning and deep learning models. Outside of his academic pursuits, Ali used to be a martial artist with several national and provincial medals in grappling and boxing. During his leisure time, Ali remains dedicated to high-intensity training activities.




Dr. Parisa Ahmadi

Postdoctoral Fellow,

Dr. Parisa Ahmadi is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the ReSEC Lab at SFU. She holds a PhD in Geomatics from University of Putra Malaysia. Parisa is specialized in GIS and remote sensing. Her recent research experience is mainly related to using UAV and satellite imagery to obtain valuable information about the environment, plants, soils, and climate change. She has kept exploring machine learning and AI with Python in the past few years to gather new insights into the remote sensing image analysis. Parisa has published several papers on the development of python-based tools for processing drone images with the aim of early detections of Ganoderma in oil palm. Apart from research, she is interested in painting, hiking and playing tennis in her free time.


Dr. Christopher Ilori

Research Assistant (Postdoc),

Christopher was raised in the southern part of Nigeria. His current research focuses on species classification in coastal marshes using WorldView-3 imagery and atmospheric correction of Sentinel-3 imagery for monitoring water quality. Christopher obtained a PhD degree in Geography at SFU and researched the use of multispectral imagery for mapping water depth using physics-based methods. He also obtained a BSc degree in Geography at Obafemi Awolowo University (Nigeria), a Post-graduate Diploma in GIS at the University of Nottingham (UK), and a MSc Degree in Natural Resources at University of Greenwich (UK).


Lucie Dehier-Francescutto

Undergraduate Research Assistant,

Lucie Dehier is a 4th year undergraduate student at SFU working towards a BSc in physical geography with an emphasis in spatial information science. She is a winner of the Undergraduate Student Research Awards (USRA) of 2021, offered by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC). She is currently working as a Research Assistant in the ReSEC Lab and her research focuses on species mapping in Burns Bog and British Columbia’s south coast using remote sensing. She is also interested in establishing digital twins of wetlands using remote sensing, internet of things (IoT), and GIS for supporting ecosystem monitoring and management.


Uday Singh

Work-Study Student,

Uday Singh is a 4th year undergraduate student at SFU pursuing a BSc in Physical Geography and Spatial Information Science. He was a Work-Study student in the ReSEC Lab and focused his research on evaluating the impacts of oil spills on coastal ecosystems. Uday has also worked on a range of environmental monitoring projects using ArcGIS, ENVI and QGIS. Apart from his work, Uday loves hiking and outdoors. He also worked as a model for fashion agencies.


Irene Ho

Work-Study Student,

Irene Ho is an undergraduate student majoring in Physical Geography with a focus on Biogeophysical science. She worked as a Work-Study student in the ReSEC Lab. Irene’s research centered around monitor wildfires and the associated air pollution using remote sensing. She is passionate about environmental issues and learning more about the natural world. In her free time, Irene enjoys hiking, gardening, and telling people to stop using single-use disposable products.