Informatics and GIS Program
University of California
Informatics and GIS Program

DroneCamp Instructors

Dr. Sean Hogan

Sean Hogan is the founder and Director of the IGIS Drone Service Center. He has extensive experience in a wide range of UAS drone mapping and data collection projects, and is an expert on several drone platforms. He is also the UC ANR designated authority for drone operations. Sean developed the IGIS drone workshop model combining theory, equipment familiarization, regulations, hands-on flight practice, and data processing and analysis. Sean received his PhD in Geography at UC Davis. He was also a member of the UC Davis Center for Spatial Technology and Remote Sensing, providing GIS and remote sensing support for interests in precision agriculture, monitoring natural resources and calibration of NASA's airborne imagers. His favorite drone is the eBee Plus.

Shane Feirer

Shane Feirer is the head of the GIS Service Center within IGIS, where he manages dozens of GIS projects for UC researchers. Based at the Hopland Research and Extension Center, Shane has a broad background in GIS applications for natural resources. As an IT manager, he maintains GIS and remote sensing software for UCANR, and is the architect of an online drone data repository based on ArcGIS Portal. At Hopland, Shane coordinates a longitudinal post-fire vegetation monitoring program with repeated drone imagery. His favorite drone is the Phantom IV Pro.   

Jacob Flanagan

Jacob Flanagan is a Drone Technician and Data Analyst with IGIS. For the last several years he has used LiDAR and other remote sensing technologies to better acquire data and understand the environment, especially utilizing small UASs for precision applications. As a software and system developer, he has been working to combine multiple remote sensing methods that has led to new technologies and applications in this industry while making existing technologies more affordable. Jacob is a patient flight instructor, and has a passion for connecting with people to discuss and develop new applications that are practical and could help shape the future. His favorite drone is the eBee X.

Robert Johnson

Robert Johnson is a GIS Programmer and Analyst with IGIS. Based at the Kearney Research and Extension Center, he has a broad background in all things GIS and specializes in programming and custom application development. He supports IGIS drone projects through flight operations, data management, post-processing, and equipment maintenance and repairs. An expert with the new ArcGIS Pro, Robert has developed many of the exercises at IGIS workshops. He holds a Part 107 Remote Pilot License, and his favorite drone is the DJI Inspire 1.

Dr. Maggi Kelly

Maggi Kelly is a Professor and Cooperative Extension Specialist based at UC Berkeley. She is an accomplished geospatial data and analysis innovator. She has expertise in using data from spatial models, remote sensing, drones, lidar, historical archives, surveys, participatory mapping, and the field to gain insights about how and why California landscapes are changing, and what that change means for those who live on, use, and manage our lands. She is Faculty Director of the UCB Geospatial Innovation Facility (GIF) and Director of the ANR Statewide Program in Informatics and Geographic Information Systems (IGIS), both of which are dedicated to research, outreach and service in support of applied geospatial data and analysis. She holds a Part 107 Remote Pilot Certificate, and her favorite drone is the Mavic Pro.

Chippie Kislik

Chippie Kislik
Chippie Kislik is a graduate student in the Kelly Lab at UC Berkeley. Her research focuses primarily on the applications of unmanned aerial vehicles in terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems, with an emphasis on how multispectral imagery can identify nutrient and water availability in native oak species, as well as primary producers (algae & macrophytes) in the Klamath River. Chippie has a Part 107 Remote Pilot certification, and she loves to fly her Phantom 4 Pro drone. She is also exploring the capabilities of the Parrot Sequoia multispectral camera in her work.

Dr. Andy Lyons

Andy Lyons is Program Coordinator for the IGIS Program. He has a Part 107 Remote Pilot certification and supports IGIS drone projects through flights, data analysis, teaching, and development of open source tools for data management and mission planning. An alumni of UC Berkeley, Andy has taught classes at Berkeley and Stanford in population modeling, spatial analysis using open source software, cryptography, GIS, environmental problem solving, sustainability, African studies, and environmental narratives in science fiction film. His favorite drone is the Phantom IV Pro.

Dr. Brandon Stark

Brandon Stark is the director of the University of California’s Center of Excellence on Unmanned Aircraft System Safety, where he provides system-wide UAS expertise to all 10 of its campuses, cooperative extension network, field stations, and the UC’s Natural Reserve System. He is an expert on UAS technology, their use in research and commercial operations, regulations and policy, and risk assessment. He developed the UC UAS Safety Management System as an infrastructure to support and train UC staff, faculty and students for regulatory compliance, risk assessments and safety. He is also the chief policy writer for the UC system drone policy, and architect for UC UAS training programs and fleet management. As a grad student at UC Merced, Brandon built and crashed over 100 experimental drones. His favorite drone is....

Flight Instructors

Dr. Becca Fenwick

Becca Fenwick
Becca Fenwick is the Director of the Environmental Information and Technology Program for the University of California Natural Reserve System (UC NRS) and leads the statewide environmental and climate-monitoring California Heartbeat Initiative (CHI). Based at UC Santa Cruz, Becca manages a geographically-dispersed IT team who work with reserve staff, researchers, and the public to support all of the needs that come with using technology in the great outdoors. In partnership with researchers at Berkeley and UC ANR IGIS, Becca has been spearheading the development of CHI, a long term environmental monitoring program on the UC NRS and RECs using UAV's, environmental sensors and satellite imagery to look at the health of the state's ecosystems. CHI is currently funded by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. Becca earned her Ph.D in Marine Geology and Geophysics from Scripps Institution of Oceanography (UCSD). Previously, she served as the Director of two UC NRS reserves (Yosemite, Sequoia-Kings Canyon, and James San Jacinto Mountains), and her favorite drone is the eBeeX.

Jonathan Rivas

Jonathan Rivas
Jonathan Rivas is a fourth-year undergrad studying Computer Science and Engineering at UC Merced. He holds a Part 107 Remote Pilot Certification and gained the majority of his flight experience as a drone operator for the Mechatronics, Embedded Systems and Automation (MESA) lab at UC Merced, and the UC Center for Unmanned Aircraft System Safety. He holds a 107.29 exemption allowing him to fly at night and his operations vary from inspecting buildings and recording campus events to mapping out caves and detecting/monitoring invasive plant species. His favorite drone is the Mavic 2 Zoom.

Andy Wong

Andy Wong
Andy Wong is a fourth-year Ph.D. student in the JIN Lab at UC Davis. His research focuses on remote sensing of evapotranspiration, which can be used to inform better water management. Since 2015, he has been in charge of all sUAS related projects in the lab, including many engineering tasks such as integrating sensors with drones. This summer, he is collecting data with sUAS and helicopter at Lake Tahoe and is implementing computer vision approaches to identify and to monitor the occurrence of Metaphyton algae. He is also experimenting with the use of sUAS for phenotyping a new lettuce breed. His dream drone is a Matrice 100 with a Pixhawk flight controller and an RTK GPS.

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