• Selch, Donna, Mark Rochelo, and Christian Davenport. 2017. Hutchinson Archaeological Site. A Visual Journey and Documentation of a Pre-Historic Archaeological Dig Unfolding in South Florida. https://arcg.is/H11X8 (link to story map)

  • Selch, Donna, Caiyun Zhang, Anton Oleinik, and Hannah Cooper.  2016.  “Hyperspectral Signatures of Sand Samples." (page 67). The ArcGIS Imagery Book; edited by Clint Brown and Christian Harder.  ESRI Press: Redlands.

  • Selch, Donna, John Reed, and Brian Cousin.  2005.  Oculina Reefs in Jeopardy: Deep Sea Trawling (video).  Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution.
  • Zhang, Caiyun, Donna Selch, and Hannah Cooper.  2016.  A Framework to Combine Three Remotely Sensed Data for Vegetation Mapping in the Central Florida Everglades.  Wetlands.  (In Press.)

  • Rochelo, Mark, Christian Davenport, and Donna Selch.  2015.  Revealing Pre-Historic Native American Belle Glade Earthworks in the Northern Everglades utilizing Airborne LiDAR.  Journal of Archeological Science: Reports, 2: 624-643.

  • Cooper, Hannah M., Caiyun Zhang, Donna Selch.  2015. Incorporating uncertainty of groundwater modeling in sea-level rise assessment: A case study in South Florida.  Climate Change. doi: 10.1007/s10584-015-1334-1.

  • Zhang, Caiyun, Hannah Cooper, Donna Selch, Xuelian Meng, Fang Qiu, Soe W. Myint, Charles Roberts, and Zhixiao Xie. 2014.  Mapping Urban Land Covers Using Object-based Multiple Endmember Spectral Mixture Analysis.  Remote Sensing Letters, 5(6): 521-529.

  • Zhang, C., D. Selch, Z. Xie, C. Roberts, H. Cooper, and G. Chen. 2013. Object-based Benthic Habitat Mapping in the Florida Keys from Hyperspectral Imagery. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science, 134, 88-97.

  • Zhang, C., Z. Xie, and D. Selch. 2013. Fusing LiDAR and Digital Aerial Photography for Object-based Forest Mapping in the Florida Everglades. GIScience and Remote Sensing, 50 (5), 562-573.

  • Selch, D. 2012. Comparing Salinity Models in Whitewater Bay using Remote Sensing. In Masters Abstracts International (Vol. 51, No. 03).

Donna Selch in the Florida Everglades

Contact information:

Donna Selch, PhD


AAG Conference 2017 Boston, MA. Sara Denka, Molly E. Smith, and Donna Selch (R).

Visiting Assisting Professor, Sustainability Studies, School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences, Stony Brook University


Ph.D.           Geosciences                               
Florida Atlantic University
Dissertation:Salinity Assessment, Change, and Impact on Plant Stress / Canopy Water Content (CWC) in Florida Bay using Remote Sensing and GIS

M.A.            Geography                         
Thesis:Comparing Salinity Models in Whitewater Bay using Remote Sensing

B.S.             Marine Biology       

A.A.             Biology     


  • FAA Remote Pilot License (Part 107)
  • Graduate Remote Sensing Certificate     
  • Advanced GIS Certificate             
  • GIS Certificate 
  • Professional Teaching Certificate State of Florida Biology 6-12 with Gifted Endorsement          


​Visiting Assistant Professor, Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY Sustainability Studies, School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences (8/2016-present)

Teaching/Research Assistant, Florida Atlantic University (8/2011– 8/2016)

Sea Turtle Specialist, Sea Turtle Conservation League of Singer Island (3/2006 – 8/2016)

Science Teacher, Indian River & Palm Beach School Districts, FL (1/2008 – 7/2011)


  • ​Member, Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA)
  • Member, Society for American Archeology (SAA)
  • Member, Society for Conservation of GIS
  • Member, American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS)
  • Member, Association of American Geographers (AAG)
  • Member, Southeastern Division of Association of American Geographers
  • Member, Gamma Theta Upsilon


​GIS Fundamentals I
Remote Sensing and GIS Data
Smartphones Geospatial Technologies
Sustainability, Science, & Stony Brook
Introduction to Sustainability
Introduction to Maps and Mapping  
Systems and Models
Undergraduate Teaching Practicum
Geospatial Science Research
Geospatial Teaching Application
American Cultural Landscape
Digital Image Analysis
Urban Geography
Geoscience Colloquium
General Chemistry Labs I and II
GIS and Remote Sensing Labs
Hyperspectral Remote Sensing
Principles of GIS 
World Geography/World Regional Geography

Boynton Beach, FL

Peer Reviewed Journal Articles

Flax Pond, Long Island, NY

Florida Everglades

Other Citations

Remote Sensing and GIS: Remote sensing of water quality; Unmanned aerial vehicles; digital image analysis; GIS modeling and analysis; LiDAR and hyperspectral remote sensing; environmental analysis; coastal changes; sea turtles; climate change and sea level rise; environment and vegetation research

Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests