Trina Merrick

Five Minute Research (5MR)- 2019 Postdoctoral Symposium- (Trina Merrick) | English | GEOSET Research Video | September 12, 2019

Dr. Trina Merrick is a Provost’s Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Geography at Florida State University. She is originally from Kentucky, where she attended Murray State University earning degrees in physics, geosciences: remote sensing and GIScience, and education. She completed her joint PhD in Environmental Engineering/Earth & Environmental Sciences at Vanderbilt University in 2018. Most broadly, her research leverages remotely sensed data and geospatial analysis to quantitatively address environmental questions and resilience of landscapes in the face of rapidly changing climate and anthropogenic pressures. To that end, her work revolves around applying the principles of physics to study the interactions between the terrestrial biosphere and atmosphere, i.e. the field of environmental physics. She exploits data from ground, tower, unmanned aerial vehicle, and satellite sensors to understand specific phenomena occurring at the interface of Earth’s Surface and atmosphere, such as relating measurements of plant function and structure to measurements of productivity. Trina enjoys spending time boating, biking, and kayaking with her husband. She also enjoys visiting with and bragging on her two children who are engineers and scientists working in Honolulu, Hawaii and Miami, Florida.