Melissa is a remote sensing scientist with extensive experience in forestry applications spanning North America, Europe, Africa, and Australia. Her most recent research has focused on the use of light detection and ranging (lidar) data to quantify and model the distribution and carbon of southeast Australia's cool temperate rainforest. She is also an ecological modeller focusing on species distribution modelling of both flora and fauna.
She has a PhD in Remote Sensing and Forestry from the University of Melbourne, Australia, a MSc in Geographic Information Science (GIS) from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, and a BScH in GIS and Physical Geography from Queen's University, Canada.
Melissa founded GeoRubix Solutions in 2019 and is based in Hobart, Tasmania with her husband and daughter.