Felicia O. Akinyemi

Felicia O. Akinyemi is a land system and ecological remote sensing researcher. As a certified Geographic Information System Professional (GISP), she combines expertise in GIS, remote sensing, and natural resources analysis. She teaches the special skills courses, “Spatial Modelling and Remote Sensing of Natural Systems I and II” at the Conservation Biology Lab at the Institute of Biology, University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland. Felicia is also an Excellence Fellow of the University of Bern, Switzerland where she works as a Research Associate in Land System and Sustainable Land Management at the Institute of Geography. Using a long-time perspective (multidecadal timescales), her research examines land system change in the context of climate change and the impacts on agro- and forest ecosystems such as land degradation. She is currently leading the development and testing of methods in temperate humid, tropical rainforests and drylands to improve the quality and availability of remote sensing and in situ data for validating estimates of the United Nations Land Degradation Neutrality and Sustainable Development Goal 15.3.1 (that is, the proportion of degraded land over the total land area). A recipient of the Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellowship, as a Postdocresearcher at the Institute of Cartography and Geoinformatics, Leibniz University Hannover, Germany (2004–2007) andas a Visiting Professor at the Centre for Remote Sensing of Land Surfaces, University of Bonn, Germany in 2019. Felicia is actively engaged in providing the scientific basis for policy through her work on the Science Policy Interface group of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification, as a modeller contributing to the operationalization of the IPBES Nature Futures Framework, and member of the IUCN Commission on Ecosystem Management. 

Felicia Akinyemi

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