Michael W. Palace
Environmental Science, Remote Sensing, Geospatial Analysis
Joint Appointment, Dept. of Earth Sciences
Ph.D., University of New Hampshire
Palace is an environmental scientist focusing on vegetation dynamics, landscape ecology, remote sensing, and geospatial science. His research ranges from field studies of vegetation structure to the use of satellite imagery in an effort to predict disease, understand forest dynamics, and find and interpret past human settlement patterns. At UNH, he is the coordinator for the Environmental Science interdisciplinary undergraduate major, and presently leads the Graduate Geospatial Science Certificate Program. He is or has been a Principal Investigator on ten major remote sensing projects, seven completed and three active. His research has received external funding from NASA, NSF, USAID, USDA and USGS. He is actively developing an Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) center at and has deployed UAS systems are for three different field projects around the globe. As a previous affiliate faculty at the University of Brasilia, Palace has aided and hosted visiting Brazilian PhD students. Palace also employs two full-time research scientists and a postdoc in his research lab. He is a former TEDx speaker, where his talked focused on the creative aspects of science the interdisciplinary aspects of scientific studies. At UNH, he teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in geospatial science, remote sensing, environmental science, and tropical ecology. Palace has been active member in the scientific community, leading sessions at conferences, reviewing papers for multiple journals, and serving on review panels for NASA and DOE. Palace has also served on NASA Data Review Panels and DOE planning campaigns.