Dr. Troy Magney - The plant kaleidoscope: Looking beyond leaf ‘greenness’ to study the biosphere from space


Troy Magney above trees with hard hat and equipment

The Spring 2020 Biology Seminar Series continues with Dr. Troy Magney's talk, "The plant kaleidoscope: Looking beyond leaf ‘greenness’ to study the biosphere from space."

Troy Magney is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Plant Sciences at the University of California, Davis as of Nov. 2019. Prior to this he was working at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology as a Research Scientist and postdoc. He completed his PhD in the Geospatial Laboratory for Environmental Dynamics at the University of Idaho in 2015 and his undergraduate work at the University of Denver in 2010. He is investigating plant optics: the ways plants absorb, reflect, and emit energy, to understand their functional response to the environment. This work is done across many scales: from the leaf, to the tower, to aircraft and finally the satellite. Most recently, he has been trying to ’see’ photosynthesis from space.