Darren Drewry’s research interests focus on understanding the interactions of terrestrial vegetation with climate, and the associated implications for ecological and hydrological resources, biodiversity and human health. His research approach is centered on the development and application of detailed mechanistic models of the coupled atmosphere-vegetation-soil system, incorporating relevant in-situ and remote sensing observations. Darren comes to Ohio State from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, where he was a research scientist in JPL’s Earth Science Division. There his work centered on studies of vegetation form, health and function using remote sensing technologies spanning the visible, near-, shortwave- and thermal-infrared spectral regions.
Darren’s diverse academic background includes a BS in Physics from Virginia Tech, a master’s degree in Computer Science from the University of Virginia, and a PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Duke University, where he was a NASA Global Change Graduate Student Fellow. He has performed post-doctoral research in the Hydrosystems Laboratory of the University of Illinois, and at the Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry as a National Science Foundation International Research Fellow. Following his undergraduate work Darren spent two years in Mauritania, West Africa, as a Peace Corps volunteer, where he worked on rural agricultural and water resources projects and developed a strong interest in Africa and its responses to climate and land use changes.
BS, Physics, Virginia Tech
MCS, Computer Science, University of Virginia
PhD, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Duke University