Scientists & Staff

Jarlath O'Neil-Dunne

The University of Vermont Aiken Center; 81 Carrigan Drive
Burlington, VT, 05405
Phone: 802-656-3324

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Current Research

I look at ways to apply cutting-edge geospatial technology to help scientists, public officials, and resource managers make better, more effective, and efficient decisions. I helped developed the Forest Service's Urban Tree Canopy (UTC) Assessment Protocols, which incorporate massive amounts of high-resolution imagery and lidar to provide communities with unprecedented insight into their urban forest. When existing, available imagery is out-of-date or lacks the appropriate characteristics I use drones to construct detailed maps and have employed this technology to assist with disaster response, inventory woody debris in streams, and map insect outbreaks.


  • University of Vermont, Certificate Leadership and Management, 2013
  • University of Vermont, M.S. Water Resources, 2005
  • National Geospatial Intelligence College, Certificate Hyperspectral Data Exploitation, 2002
  • National Geospatial Intelligence College, Certificate GIS Operations, 2002
  • University of New Hampshire, B.S.F. Forest Science, 1996

Awards & Recognition

  • U.S. Forest Service Northern Research Station award for Excellence is Science and Technology , 2010 for the Urban Tree Canopy Assessment Program
  • awarded by Nobel Laureate Dr. Gerd Binning, 2009 eCognition Black Belt
  • Association of Natural Resource Extension Professionals (ANREP). "Innovative Program" category, 2009 Bronze Medal
  • Vermont Spatial Data Partnership , 2008 Outstanding Achievement Award
  • New York State GIS Partnership award , 2008 group award to several organizations
  • Navy-Marine Corps Commendation Medal, 2000

Publications & Products

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