MIDAS GROUP

Matt Carleton

Matt was born and raised in the coastal town of Scituate, Massachusetts. Now in his last year as an undergraduate at BU, he is majoring in Ecology and Conservation Biology. He is interested in studying conservation and/or astrobiology at the graduate level. Before deciding on his major, Matt received UROP funding to work at the Large Hadron Collider in the Swiss countryside. Among his tasks there were helping to test detector prototypes with an existing particle accelerator and analyze the tests' data. In his free time, Matt likes to hike, play bass guitar and piano, and travel.

Suchi Gopal

Suchi is a professor in the Department of Geography and Environment at Boston University as well as a research professor at the Center for Cognitive and Neural Systems and Center for Remote Sensing. Suchi's research interests span many areas including spatial analysis, GIS, pattern recognition, regional taxonomy and classification and mutiscale modeling.

Chris Holden

Chris is a Remote Sensing and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) student at Boston University from Danvers, Massachusetts. His research interests include land cover and use changes, remote sensing of forests, biogeochemical cycles, and using GIS for conservation. When away from school, his hobbies include rock climbing, biking, running, and music.

Les Kaufman

Les is a Professor in the Boston University Marine Program. He is also Principal Investigator for the Marine Area Management Science Program of Conservation International. Les' primary expertise is in the biology of fishes and benthic marine organisms. He teaches upper level courses on the ecology of Stellwagen Bank and sustainability. His current research focus is on science for marine ecosystem-based management.

Valerie Pasquarella

Valerie completed both her undergraduate degree in Environmental Science and her MA in Remote Sensing and GIS at Boston University. She has continued her studies at BU, and is now a PhD student in Geography. Throughout her academic career, Valerie's coursework and research has focused on making complex science accessible to the general public through the use of innovative visualization tools. She finds data visualization techniques particularly interesting because they combine her love of art with her passion for science. When not at school, Valerie paints, draws and dabbles in interior decorating. She also enjoys working with younger students and has been involved in numerous outreach programs.

Marta Ribera

Born in Gainesville (Florida) and raised in Barcelona (Spain), Marta studied Biology at the Universidad Auntónoma de Barcelona. After a postgraduate course in GIS, she moved to Panama City (Florida) to work at the NOAA Fisheries Laboratory as part of the Marine Protected Areas (MPA) group. After 5 years in Panama City, she decided to move to Boston to pursue her PhD in the Department of Geography and Environment at Boston University. Marta's research interests include combining fisheries and geography data with the coastal stakeholders interests to ensure the health and availability of the marine resources in the future. While not in school, Marta enjoys traveling, photography, hiking and watching movies.