Dr. Krishna Vadrevu
Krishna Vadrevu is the Deputy Program Manager for the Land Cover/Land Use Change (LCLUC) Program at the Earth Science Division of NASA's Science Mission Directorate. Dr. Vadrevu received his Ph.D. in 2000 while working at the National Remote Sensing Center, Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO). His Ph.D. focused on characterizing land-use and forest-cover dynamics using remote sensing techniques and ecosystem modeling. From 2001-2003 he held Post-Doctoral research position and from 2003-2009 worked as a Research Scientist at the Agroecosystem Management Program of The Ohio State University (OSU). During these years, he worked on agriculture and ecosystem sustainability-related projects using remote sensing. In 2010, Dr. Vadrevu joined the University of Maryland, College Park as an Associate Research Professor in the Department of Geographical Sciences, wherein he worked on various remote sensing projects.
In 2016, Dr. Vadrevu joined NASA as a Remote Sensing Scientist, civil servant position at the Earth Science Office, NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, Alabama, where he is currently located. Dr. Vadrevu served as PI and Co-I on diverse projects funded by NASA, USDA, and NSF on topics addressing LCLUC, fires, biomass burning/greenhouse gas emissions, land-atmospheric interactions, and ecosystem sustainability. He has more than a hundred publications in peer-reviewed journals and one published book on Land Atmospheric Interactions by Springer, while two others are pending publication. He voluntarily serves seven different scientific journals in Editorial roles.
At NASA, Dr. Vadrevu has been contributing and leading the South/Southeast Asia Research Initiative (SARI). As the SARI Lead, he fosters innovative regional research, education, and capacity building activities and has successfully brought the US and international, regional scientists together as a team to tackle outstanding LCLUC science questions. He served as the Fire Implementation Team Lead of the Global Observations of Forests and Land use Dynamics (GOFC-GOLD) program and is currently helping on the GOFC-GOLD, LCLUC and other international coordination. In his capacity as the LCLUC Deputy Program Manager, Dr. Vadrevu enhances the LCLUC programmatic reach globally and manages the logistic and scientific aspects of the Program based on his extensive connections in both academia and non-academic world.