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Iliyana Dobreva
Iliyana Dobreva
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Department of Geography
Texas A&M University
3147 TAMU
College Station, Texas 77843-3147

Degrees:

Texas A&M University, College Station, TX

Expected Graduation: May 2017

Doctor of Philosophy, Geography (Ph.D. Candidate)

 

Texas A&M University, College Station, TX

Dec. 2009

MS, Geography

 

Concord University,             Athens, WV

Dec. 2005

BA, Geography

Minors in Computer Science and Mathematics 

Awards:

TAMU EDC Graduate Student Developer of the Year, Texas A&M University                                       

March 2015

  • Awarded for GIS-based solar radiation modeling by the Texas A&M University ESRI Development Center (TAMU EDC) for the largest contribution of a graduate student to GIS development over the previous year

 

David Hewitt Miller award, Niagara on the Lake, Ontario, Canada

July 2009

  • Best student poster at the 66th Eastern Snow Conference
  • Poster titled Artificial neural networks approach to fractional snow cover mapping

 


Iliyana Dobreva

Ph.D. Candidate

Research Interests

Doctoral Research

Jan. 2010 – Present

  • Developed the Spectral Topographic Solar Radiation Model (STSRM) in C++
  • Research of Himalayan and tropical Andean glaciers
  • Analyzed climatological datasets over the Cordillera Real, Bolivia and climate-glacier relation

Masters Research

Aug. 2007 – Dec. 2009

  • Trained and tested an Artificial Neural Network to compute snow fractions in MODIS pixels.
  • Generalized Landsat 7 pixels to create snow fraction training samples at the level of a MODIS pixel 

Selected Publications

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

Barrineau, P., Dobreva, I. D., Bishop, M., Houser, C., 2016. Deconstructing a polygenetic landscape using LiDAR and multi-resolution analysis. Geomorphology, Volume 258.

Dobreva, I.D., Klein, A.G. 2011. Fractional snow cover mapping through artificial neural network analysis of MODIS surface reflectance. Remote Sensing of Environment, 115 (12):3355-3366.

Filippi, A. M., Brannstrom, C., Dobreva, I.D., Cairns, D. M., Kim, D. 2009. Unsupervised fuzzy ARTMAP classification of hyperspectral hyperion data for savanna and agriculture discrimination in the Brazilian Cerrado. Giscience & Remote Sensing 46 (1):1-23.

Book Chapters

Bishop, P.M., Dobreva, I.D. (In press, 2017) Geomorphometry and Mountain Geodynamics:  Issues of Scale and Complexity. In Integrating Scale in Remote Sensing and GIS, Quattrochi, D., Wentz, L., Lam, N., Emerson, J. (Eds.), CRC Press.

Bishop, P.M., Dobreva, I.D., Houser, C. 2015. Geospatial science and technology for understanding the complexities of the Critical Zone. In Principles and Dynamics of the Critical Zone, Giardino, J.R., Houser, C. (Eds.), Elsevier.

Filippi, A. M., Dobreva, I.D., Klein, A.G., Jensen, J. R. 2010. Self-organizing map-based applications in remote sensing. In Self-Organizing Maps. Vienna, Austria, EU: IN-TECH.

Conference Proceedings

Dobreva, I.D., Bishop, M.P., Liu, J.C., Da, L. 2015. Development, Evaluation and Parallelization of a Spatio-Temporal, Topographic, and Spectral GIS-based Solar Radiation Model. Extended abstract for the Proceedings of the 13th International Conference on GeoComputations, May 20-23, Dallas, TX.

Dobreva, I.D., Klein, A.G. 2009. Artificial neural networks approach to fractional snow cover mapping. In Proceedings of the 66th Eastern Snow Conference, July 9-11 2009, Niagara on the Lake, Ontario, Canada.

Additional Information

Paper Presentations

Michael P. Bishop, M. P., Dobreva, I. D., Filippi, A., Moszynski, M. 2016. Private Cloud Service for Radiometric Calibration of Satellite Imagery:  Integration of Radiation Transfer Modeling, Geovisualization, Geomorphometry, and High-Performance Computing. Annual Meeting of the American Association of Geographers, March 29 – April 2, 2016, San Francisco, CA.

Dobreva, I.D., Liu, J.C., Bishop, M.P., Da, L. 2015. Parallelization of a GIS-based Spectral Solar Radiation Model. Annual Meeting of the American Association of Geographers, April 21-25, 2015, Chicago, IL.

Dobreva, I.D., Liu, J.C., Bishop, M.P. 2015. Development, Evaluation and Parallelization of a Spatio-Temporal, Topographic, and Spectral GIS-based Solar Radiation Model. 13th International Conference on GeoComputations, May 20-23, Dallas, TX.

Dobreva, I.D., Bishop, M.P. 2014. Surface Irradiance Partitioning in Complex Mountains: A Comparison of GIS-based Solar Radiation Models. Annual Meeting of the American Association of Geographers, April 8-12, 2014, Tampa, FL.

Barrineau, P., Dobreva, I., Bishop, M., Houser, C. 2014. Multi-Resolution Analysis of LiDAR data for Characterizing a Stabilized Aeolian Landscape in South Texas. American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, December 15-19, 2014, San Francisco, CA.

Dobreva, I.D., Klein, A.G., Bishop, M.P. 2013. Albedo variations over Andean tropical glaciers during simulated ENSO events. Annual Meeting of the American Association of Geographers, 9-13 April, Los Angeles, CA.

Kincaid, J.L., Klein, A.G., Dobreva, I.D. Tropical Andean glacial water resources quantified using volume-area scaling. Annual Meeting of the American Association of Geographers, 9-13 April, Los Angeles, CA.

Dobreva, I.D., A.G. Klein 2010. Snow-fraction mapping from MODIS using Artificial Neural Networks. Annual Meeting of the American Association of Geographers, April 14-18, Washington, DC.

 

Poster Presentations

Dobreva, I.D., Bishop, Liu, J.C., M.P. Liang, D., Topography and Radiative Forcing Patterns on Glaciers in the Karakoram Himalaya. American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, 14-18 December 2015, San Francisco, CA.

Klein, A., Kincaid, J., Dobreva, I.D. Improving glacier volume-area scaling to better quantify tropical Andean glacial water resources from remote sensing. American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, December 15-19, 2014, San Francisco, CA.

Dobreva, I.D., Bishop, M.P. Solar Radiation Patterns and Glaciers in the Western Himalaya. American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, 9-13 December 2013, San Francisco, CA.

Dobreva, I.D., Bishop, M.P., Olsenholler, J. Development and Evaluation of a Spatio-Temporal Topographic Solar Radiation Model. Annual meeting of the Southwestern Division of the American Association of Geographers, 24-25 October, 2013. Nacogdoches, TX.

Houser, C., Bishop, M.P., Dobreva, I.D., Barrineau, C P, Weymer, B A, Characterizing the instability of aeolian environments using analytical reasoning, American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, 9-13 December 2013, San Francisco, CA.

Klein, A.G., Kincaid, J.L., Dobreva, I.D., Zhao, P. Investigating the potential of monitoring albedo changes on tropical glaciers using MODIS and Landsat. Annual Meeting of the American Association of Geographers, 9-13 April, Los Angeles, CA.

Kincaid, J., Dobreva, I.D., Klein, A.G., Echalar, A., Castellón, G., Espinoza, D., Tinta, R., Cakuaya, A. 2012.Charquini Glacier Southeast ice thickness measured in 2012 using ground penetrating radar to inform tropical glacier volume-area scaling. Annual meeting of the Southwestern Division of the American Association of Geographers,  25-27 Oct., Las Cruces NM.

Kincaid, J.L., Dobreva, I.D., Klein, A.G., Latterman, L.R., 2010. Spatial Analyses of Glacier Recession in the Cordilleras Apolobamba and Quimza Cruz in the Latter 20th Century. International Glaciological Society International Symposium, Aug. 15-20 2010, Columbus, OH.

Dobreva, I.D., A.G. Klein. 2009. Artificial neural networks approach to fractional snow cover mapping. The 66th Eastern Snow Conference, July 9-11 2009, Niagara on the Lake, Ontario, Canada.

Dobreva, I.D., A.G. Klein. 2009. Fractional snow cover mapping through artificial neural network analysis of MODIS surface reflectance. Annual Meeting of the American Association of Geographers, March 22-27, 2009, at Las Vegas, NV.

Dobreva, I.D., A.G. Klein. 2008. Fractional snow cover mapping through artificial neural network analysis of MODIS surface reflectance. Annual meeting of the Southwestern Division of the American Association of Geographers, Oct. 23-25, 2008, at San Marcus, TX.

Additional Training

International Summer School in Glaciology, University of Alaska, Fairbanks, AK

June 2010

 

Service

Seminar Series Facilitator, Supporting Women in Geography (SWIG), Texas A&M University

May 2016 – Present

  • Invite and host monthly presentations on topics of interest to graduate and undergraduate students

 

Co-chair, Postdoc Association Steering Committee, Texas A&M University

May 2016 – Aug. 2016

  • Write the initial bylaws of the association

 

Student Director, Remote Sensing Specialty Group, American Association of Geographers

April 2013 – April 2015   

  • Organize the Illustrated Paper student competition of the specialty group in 2014
  • Organize the Honor Paper student competitions of the specialty group in 2015
  • Solicit participants and judges, organize the poster and paper competition sessions, announce results

 

Session Organizer, Annual Meeting of the American Association of Geographers, Los Angeles, CA

April 2013

  • Session titled Advances in Remote Sensing and Modeling of the Cryosphere
  • Sponsored by the Cryosphere Specialty Group

 

Graduate Enhancement Funds Master’s Student Representative, The Association of Geography Graduate Students, Texas A&M University

Aug. 2008 – Dec. 2008

  • Review graduate student applications for research and travel funding

 

Volunteer Work

GIS Intern, City of Bryan, TX

Sept. 2006 – Nov. 2006

  • Geocoded locations of day care centers

 

Field Experience

Texas A&M Brazos Bottom Farm, Brazos County, Texas

May 2016 – Present

  • Establish raised troughs for planting crops

Cordillera Real, Bolivia

Aug. 2012

  • Collect GPR measurement over a glacier

Cordillera Real, Bolivia

Aug. 2011

  • Collect GPS measurement along the extent of two glaciers

Liberty County, Texas

July 2010

  • Collect vegetation and soil samples

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Georgia

May 2009

  • Conduct tree coring for fire-history reconstruction

Spirit Lake, Iowa

Feb. 2008

  • Measure snow depth, grain size, volume and temperature; collect snow samples

Advisor: Dr. Michael Bishop

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