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Nancy Glenn
Department of Geosciences, Idaho State University

Spaceward Bound Expedition Idaho 2011

Who I am
I am a civil and geological engineer by formal training but work in a Department of Geosciences where I study vegetation, soils, surface processes and image processing! Needless to say, I am interested in working across disciplines and with a variety of scientists and engineers.

I’ve worked in the Department of Geosciences at Idaho State University since 2000. I am a professor and director of the Boise Center Aerospace Laboratory (BCAL) (

I have two young children and am active in a new public charter school, Sage International School of Boise. I enjoy dedicating my time to the school in the capacity of grant writing.

I enjoy spending time with my family in the outdoors (especially mountain biking and skate skiing), traveling, reading, and gardening.

What I like most about my job
I love my job because I work with talented and fun people. My lab is full of energetic scientists and all-around great people. We work hard, and strive to be the best we can be without taking ourselves too seriously. I also love my job because it is rewarding to have our research published, have a project idea funded, work in a team environment, and help students gain experience that helps them grow in both the short and long-term.

My Research Interests
My lab’s research interests include pushing the limits of what remote sensing data tell us about a vegetation species, soil type, earth surface process, and how these all interact across the landscape, especially with disturbance such as fire. For these investigations, I use hyperspectral (visible to shortwave infrared) and LiDAR (laser) sensors from satellites, airplanes and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). I’m interested in developing new methods for feature extraction in remote sensing imagery and teaching others how to do this. Another aspect of my research is visualization and data fusion. We integrate different remote sensing datasets and visualize them in 3D to extract quantitative information about how the landscape has changed over time. My lab also creates 3D visualizations for K12 and the public:

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Last Updated: June 2011