Valerie A. ThomasValerie A. Thomas, PhD, is Professor in the Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation at Virginia Tech. She also serves as Co-Director of the Center for Environmental Analytics and Remote Sensing within the College of Natural Resources and Environment. Dr. Thomas teaches remote sensing courses in forest lidar applications and hyperspectral applications for natural resources. She also teaches about the linkages between forests, society, and climate. Dr. Thomas's research related to remote sensing of forest cover, function, and change has been funded through federal and state agencies and by industry.