Doctor of Philosophy (PhD., 2012) University of Edinburgh, UK. Thesis Title: Red Squirrels Habitat Mapping Using Remote Sensing
Master of Science (MSc., 2005) University of Dundee, UK. MSc in Remote Sensing, Image Processing and Applications- Distinction & Class medal for the best performance in the taught element of the course. Thesis Title: Evaluating the use of Artificial Neural Networks and Evidence Pooling to update the Land Cover of Scotland 1988
BSc. in Meteorology, (1990), University of Buenos Aires, Argentina
Adjunct Professor (part-time) - May 2015 - Present. Introduction to Remote Sensing, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, National University of Patagonia San Juan Bosco, Argentina
GIS/Remote Sensing Analyst - June 2013 - Present - Centro Nacional Patagónico (CENPAT - CONICET), Argentina. Design, build and maintain GIS for different river basins, including topography, climate and land use/land cover ( LULC) data, and information on terrestrial and aquatic biodiversity; work with remotely sensed and raster data to evaluate LULC change and habitat characteristics; run scenario-type analyses of the provision of ecosystem services using InVEST; coordinate data sharing and exchange with colleagues within the network and with experts with the Natural Capital Project and with The Nature Conservancy; train researchers and technicians within the network on GIS techniques and applications; create maps for presentations, web pages, posters and general communication purposes; analyze and communicate results both in English and in Spanish.
EMPLOYMENT –ACADEMIC/ RESEARCH RELATED EXPERIENCE (UK)
Course assistant - Earth Surface Systems - January 2009 - April 2010, University of Edinburgh, UK
Assisting the course organizer in planning practical sessions and tutorials; planning course content and in-class assessments; conducting discussion or review sessions; evaluating and commenting on student essays and in-class assessments; providing students with course material and information about practical/tutorials timetable and course content.
Postgraduate Demonstrator/Tutor – July 2008- December 2012,
University of Edinburgh, UK
Postgraduate level: Principles of GIS; Introduction to Spatial Analysis; Introduction to LiDAR remote sensing; GIS & Society; GIS in the field
Undergraduate level: Principles of Ecology; Introduction to GIS; Earth Surface Systems; Soil, Water and Atmosphere Processes; Natural Hazards; Meteorology: Weather & Climate; Meteorology: Atmosphere & Environment; Physical Geography Foundations fieldwork
Research Assistant Remote Sensing/GIS– Miombo Project- March 2007-July 2008, University of Edinburgh, UK
Evaluating land cover change and the relationship between remotely sensed imagery derived products such as Normalized Vegetation Index (NDVI) and biomass values obtained from permanent sample plots in a small community in Mozambique
PREVIOUS EMPLOYMENT (Argentina)
Technical Assistant, National Space Agency (CONAE), Argentina, 2000 – 2004 , Assisting satellite-data users; generating products for environmental emergency management (evaluation of fires, volcanic eruptions, floods, draughts) working in multi-disciplinary research projects; training new staff. Data used: LANDSAT, SPOT, SAC-C, EROS
National Meteorological Service, 1993- 2004, Argentina. Reception and processing of satellite data (NOAA AVHRR and GOES GVAR) for surveillance of severe weather systems; detection and tracking of volcanic ash clouds and icebergs; land cover classification; forest fires detection and monitoring; sea surface temperature (SST) maps production, training new staff
AWARDS and ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENTS
People’s Trust for Endangered Species (PTES), 2010. Funding for field work, Scotland
Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) & Airborne Research and Survey Facility (ARSF), 2008. Collection & delivery of LiDAR data for the PhD on Red Squirrels Habitat Mapping Using Remote Sensing, University of Edinburgh, UK
Torrance Scholarship (University of Edinburgh) and Forestry Commission Funding, 2007. PhD on Red squirrel habitat mapping using remote sensing, University of Edinburgh, UK
Overseas Student Scholarship, 2004. MSc in Remote Sensing, Image Processing and Applications at the University of Dundee, UK
Peer reviewed articles
Pessacg, N.; Flaherty, S.; Brandizi, L.; Rechencq, M.; García Asorey, M.; Castiñeira, L.; Solman, S.; Pascual, M., 2017, Producción de agua en la cuenca del Rio Limay: modelado y calibración, Meteorológica, in Press
Pessacg, N., Flaherty, S., Brandizi, L., Solman, S., Pascual, M., 2015, Getting water right: a case study in water yield modeling based on precipitation data, Science of the Total Environment, Vol. 537, pp 225-234
Flaherty, S.; Lurz, P.W.W. & Patenaude, G., 2014, The use of LiDAR in the conservation management of the endangered Red Squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris L.), Journal of Applied Remote Sensing, Vol. 8, pp 1-15
Flaherty, S.; Patenaude, G., Close A. & Lurz, P. 2012. The impact of forest-stand structure on red squirrel habitat use, Forestry: An International Journal of Forest Research, Vol. 85, No.3, pp 437-444
Aitkenhead, M.J., Flaherty, S., Cutler, M.E.J., 2008, Evaluating Neural Networks and Evidence Pooling for land cover mapping, Photogrammetric Engineering & Remote Sensing, Vol. 74, No. 8, pp. 1019–1032
Zuur, A.F.; Flaherty, S.; Lurz, P.W.W.; Patenaude, G.; Ieno, E.N. & Hilbe, J.M.; 2013. Generalized linear modeling applied to red squirrel data; In A Beginner's Guide to GLM and GLMM with R: A Frequentist and Bayesian Perspective for Ecologists: , Zuur, A.F.; Hilbe, J.M.; Ieno, E.N., Highlands Statistics Ltd., Newburgh, United Kingdom
Pessacg N.; Flaherty S.; Brandizi, L.; Castiñeira, L.; Solman3 S., Pascual1 M. Producción de agua en el Río Limay, XVI Reunión Argentina y VIII Latinoamericana de Agrometeorología, septiembre de 2016; Puerto Madryn, Argentina
Brandizi, L.; Flaherty, S.; Liberoff, A.; Pessacg, N.; García Asorey M.; Pascual, M.; Evaluación de servicios ecosistémicos de regulación hidrológica en el río Chubut. Red Ecofluvial de la Patagonia. II Congreso Internacional de Hidrología de Llanuras (IHLLA), septiembre de 2014; Santa Fe, Argentina
Flaherty, S.; Lurz, P.W.W. & Patenaude, G. Implementation of a general linear model using LiDAR derived explanatory variables: a case study in Scotland, in Proceedings of SPIE 8531, Remote Sensing for Agriculture, Ecosystems, and Hydrology XIV, 853128, October 19, 2012; doi:10.1117/12.977541; http://dx.doi.org/10.1117/12.977541
Flaherty, S.; Patenaude, G., & Lurz, P. The use of LiDAR remote sensing for red squirrel habitat mapping in Abernethy Forest, Scotland. In Proceedings of ForestSat 2010, 7th -9th September, Lugo, Spain
Garret, W.; Tipper, R.; Berry, N.; Harley, R.; Grace, J.; Williams, M.; Ryan, C.; Flaherty, S.; Goodman, L.; Conservation of miombo woodland in Mozambique, Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Management, Edinburgh, N´hambita pilot project: Final report, December 2008
Grace, J.; Williams, M.; Ryan, C.; Flaherty, S.; Carter, S.; Herd, A.; Miombo Community land use & carbon management: N´hambita pilot project, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Annual report, November 2007.
Impacto del Cambio Climático Sobre la Producción de Agua En La Cuenca del Río Chubut, Argentina, Cuarto Congreso Internacional de Servicios Ecosistémicos en los Neotrópicos: de la investigación a la acción, September 30th - October 3rd, 2015, Mar del Plata, Argentina
The Patagonian freshwater network: the Chubut River watershed, The Nature Conservancy All science Meeting, December 2013, San Jose, California, USA
Implementation of a general linear model using LiDAR derived explanatory variables: a case study in Scotland, SPIE 8531, Remote Sensing for Agriculture, Ecosystems, and Hydrology XIV, September 2012, Edinburgh, UK
The impact of forest-stand structure on red squirrel habitat use, Cairngorms Knowledge Exchange Event 2010, November 2010, Aviemore, UK
The use of LiDAR remote sensing for red squirrel habitat mapping in Abernethy Forest, Scotland. ForestSat 2010, September 2010, Lugo, Spain
Red squirrel habitat mapping using remote sensing, Evidence Base for Environmental Management & Conservation Conference, April 2009, University of Stirling, UK
Red squirrel habitat mapping using remote sensing, Royal Geographical Society-IBG Postgraduate Forum Mid-Term Conference, March 2009, University of Plymouth, UK
REVIEWER FOR INTERNATIONAL JOURNALS & CONFERENCES
Journal of Applied Remote Sensing (ISN 1931-3195), United States, since 2013
Biology and Environment: Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy (ISN 0791-7945), Ireland, since 2014
I Congreso Internacional de Tecnologías de la Información Geográfica, (e-book, ISBN 978-987-1937-54-7), 2015, Argentina
Journal Párrafos Geográficos (ISSN 1666-5783), Argentina, since 2016
GeoFocus. Revista Internacional de Ciencia y Tecnología de la Información Geográfica ((ISSN:1578-5157), Spain, since 2016
Teledetección Cuantitativa Aplicada al Estudio y Monitoreo de la Degradación de Tierras, June 2nd -6th, 2014, National University of Patagonia San Juan Bosco, Puerto Madryn, Argentina
Introduction to Field Spectroscopy, 1st - 3rd April, 2009, School of GeoSciences, University of Edinburgh, UK
Principios y aplicaciones de sensores remotos instalados en distintos satélites, second semester 2003, School of Natural Sciences, University of Buenos Aires, Argentina
Nefoanálisis (satellite imagery processing for meteorological applications) 1991, National Weather Service, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Ordenamiento Territorial, October 22nd - 24th, 2014, National Institute of Agricultural Technology (INTA), Trelew, Argentina
R en gotas (basic programming in R),October 2013, Centro Nacional Patagónico, Puerto Madryn, Argentina
Geodatabase (GDB) Construcción, October 22nd - 24th, 2013, Aeroterra, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Introduction to a Natural Capital Approach & InVEST Technical Training Workshop, September 12th-14th, 2013, Centro Nacional Patagónico, Puerto Madryn, Argentina
Fieldwork/Outdoor First Aid, August 5th-6th, 2008 (16 hours), Marlin Training, UK
FIELD WORK EXPERIENCE AND TECHNICAL SKILLS
Extensive field work experience in forestry (tree measurements and conifer species identification) and squirrels ecology (presence/absence and abundance assessment through the use of visual transects, feeding remains identification).
Experience leading and training students on projects involving the use of field-based techniques
Extensive working and teaching knowledge of image processing and GIS packages such as ArcGIS, ERDAS Imagine, ENVI, FUSION, Idrisi, TERASCAN, ER-Mapper
Basic knowledge of field spectroscopy
Extensive experience of Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint
Good working knowledge of the statistics packages MINITAB and R
Working knowledge of UNIX operative system
Basic knowledge of C++ programming language
OTHER SKILLS and INTERESTS
I am fluent in both English and Spanish (mother tongue) and I can understand/communicate in Portuguese
In addition to serving as a reviewer for international journals, I also have experience proofreading & editing students and colleagues work both in English and Spanish
I work well both on my own initiative and as part of a team, under supervision or supervising other people
Living, working and studying abroad has improved my capability to adapt to new situations and to interact well with people from different cultural and educational backgrounds
I have extensive experience working with the public both in the UK and in Argentina
I am fit and I enjoy the outdoors, both in my leisure time or as part of field work
I am a certified advanced scuba diver (2 ** CMAS) with more than 80 open-water dives recorded in my log-book
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