Daniel Hayes – Research

Current Projects

  • Senior Personnel, “NRT: Enhancing conservation science and practice: An Interdisciplinary Program”. National Science Foundation Natural Resource Traineeship, 2018. $3M. Current, 9/2018 – 8/2023. 
  • Senior Personnel, “RII Track 2 FEC: Leveraging Intelligent Informatics and Smart Data for Improved Understanding of Northern Forest Ecosystem Resiliency (INSPIRES)”. National Science Foundation, $6M. Current, 7/2019 – 6/2-2023.
  • Co-Investigator, “Multi-scale remote sensing approaches for forest health assessment”, NASA EPSCoR, $750K. Current, 9/2019 – 8/2022.
  • Project Lead, “Map and Image the Intertidal Zone during Low Tide – Acadia National Park”. National Park Service Regional Block Grant, 2018. $39,812. Current, 5/20 – 12/21. 
  • Principal Investigator, “Measurements, Models and Maps: toward a reliable and cost-effective workflow for large-area forest inventory from airborne LiDAR data”. Cooperative Forestry Research Unit, 2018. $92,507. Current, 10/18 – 9/21.
  • Principal Investigator, “Investigating the patterns of vegetation-permafrost dynamics as determined by landscape-scale disturbance”, Department of Energy Next Generation Ecosystem Experiments in the Arctic, $85K. Current, 9/2019 – 4/2021.
  • Project Manager, “Support for the Barbara Wheatland Geospatial Analysis Laboratory, School of Forest Resources”. The Maine Timberlands Charitable Trust 2018, $121,000. Current 1/2020 – 12/2020.
  • Co-Investigator, “An interdisciplinary approach to building data literacy in wildlife survey technologies”. University of Maine VPR FY 2019 Research Reinvestment Fund Student Awards Competition, Track 4. $145,000. Current, 9/2019 – 8/2020.

Completed Projects

  • Co-Investigator, “Enhanced observational network for assessing Maine forest health through VNIR imaging spectroscopy”, Maine Space Grant Consortium Research Infrastructure Development program, $50K. Current, 5/2019 – 4/2020.
  • Principal Investigator, “Evaluating LiDAR Tools for Large-area Enhanced Forest Inventory Applications in Maine”. Research Reinvestment Funds (RRF) Student Awards Competition, 2018. $31,132. 9/2018 – 8/2019.
  • Co-Investigator / Institutional PI, NASA Arctic-Boreal Vulnerability Experiment (ABoVE): “A Model-Data Integration Framework (MoDIF) for ABoVE Phase I research: simulation, scaling and benchmarking for key indicators of Arctic-boreal ecosystem dynamics”, University of Maine $115K subcontract with NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, $750K total (2015 – 2018).
  • Co-Principal Investigator, USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA): “Reducing uncertainty in carbon cycle science of North America: a synthesis program across the United States and Mexico”, University of Maine $100K subcontract with University of Delaware, $400K total (2014 – 2017).
  • Principal Investigator, DOE Early Career Program funded by the Office of Biological and Environmental Research (BER):  “Model-Data Fusion Approaches for Retrospective and Predictive Assessment of the Pan-Arctic Scale Permafrost Carbon Feedback to Global Climate”, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, $2.5M (2012 – 2017).
  • Co-Investigator, USDA Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI): “Developing a Cost-Effective Payment System for Forest Carbon Sequestration”, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, $500K (2013 – 2016).
  • Co-Principal Investigator, NSF Dynamics of Coupled Natural and Human Systems (CNH): “CNH-Ex:   The Influence of the Size of Protected Areas on their Ecological and Economic Effectiveness”, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, $250K (2012 – 2015).
  • Principal Investigator, USGS Alaska Science Center: “Satellite-Based Mapping of Vegetation and Landscape Dynamics on Alaska’s Seward Peninsula, 1986 – 2012”, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, $60K (2014).
  • Principal Investigator, NASA New Investigator Program: “Diagnosis and attribution of the contemporary North American terrestrial sink for atmospheric CO2: the role of disturbance and land use change”, University of Tennessee, $300K (2010 – 2013).
  • Project Manager, “Support for the Barbara Wheatland Geospatial Analysis Laboratory, School of Forest Resources”. The Maine Timberlands Charitable Trust $120,000. (annual) 1/2016 – 12/2019.