Jessica Fayne

Jessica Fayne

Ph.D. May 2022

* Currently a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the University of Southern California, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering-Electrophysics

* Currently a Visiting Researcher at the University of Michigan, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences

* Incoming Postdoctoral Research Associate at the University of Michigan, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences (beginning 2023)

* Incoming Assistant Professor at the University of Michigan, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences (beginning 2024)

Office: Remote



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Radar, Hydrology, Altimetry, Electromagnetic Scattering, Remote Sensing



B.A. Political Science, Hampton University (2010)

M.Cert. International Relations, American University (2011)

M.S. Geographic and Cartographic Sciences (remote sensing), George Mason University (2015)

Ph.D. Geography, UCLA (2022)

Selected Publications

* Fayne JV, Smith LC, Pitcher LH, Kyzivat ED, Cooley SW, Denbina MW, Chen AC, Chen CW, Pavelsky TM. 2020 “Airborne Observations of Arctic-Boreal Water Surface Elevations from AirSWOT Ka-band InSAR and LVIS LiDAR” Environmental Research Letters.

* Hashemi, H, Fayne JV, Lakshmi V, Huffman G. 2020 “High-resolution monthly satellite precipitation product over the conterminous United States” Scientific Data

* Tran, C, Mora, O, Fayne, JV. 2019 “Unsupervised Classification for Landslide Detection from Airborne Laser Scanning”,  Geosciences

* Fayne, JV, Ahamed, A, Roberts-Pierel, J, Rumsey, A. 2019 “Automated Satellite-Based Landslide Identification Product for Nepal” Earth Interactions

* Lakshmi, V, Fayne, JV, Bolten, JD. 2018 “A comparative study of available water in the major river basins of the world” Journal of Hydrology

* Fayne JV, Bolten  JD, Lakshmi  V, Ahamed A. 2016 “Optical and Physical Methods for Mapping Flooding with Satellite Imagery”, Remote Sensing of Hydrological Extremes ISBN:

* Fayne JV, Bolten JD, Doyle CS, Fuhrmann S, Rice MT, Houser Paul, R, Lakshmi V. 2016. “Flood mapping in the lower Mekong River Basin using daily MODIS observations.” International Journal of Remote Sensing.

* Fayne JV, Fuhrmann S, Rice MT, and Rice RM. 2015. “Exploring Alternative Map Products To Enhance Transportation Option Awareness.” Cartography And Geographic Information Science 1-13.



* Fayne JV, Hashemi H 2019, “High Resolution Altitude Corrected Precipitation based on TMPA and other sources L4 Monthly 1 km x 1 km V1”, Edited by David Silberstein, Greenbelt, MD, Goddard Earth Sciences Data and Information Services Center (GES DISC),

* Fayne, JV, Smith LC, Pitcher LH, and Pavelsky TM. 2019. “ABoVE: AirSWOT Ka-band Radar over Surface Waters of Alaska and Canada, 2017”. ORNL DAAC, Oak Ridge, Tennessee, USA.

Grants & Awards

Future Investigators in NASA Earth and Space Science and Technology (FINESST formerly NESSF), Summer, 2019– Tuition and Stipend for 3 years of study: Analysis of Ka-band Radar for SWOT Hydrology

AGU Outstanding Student Presentation Award (OSPA), February 2019 –$200 – Surface Water Detection and Elevation Retrieval from AirSWOT

Earth Science Information Partners Research Incubator, July 2018 –$5k Funding for research equipment to build a traveling ground station for measuring water elevation/water roughness

John Mather Nobel NASA Scholarship Award, July 2014 & 2017—$3k ($6k total) Travel allowance to present research at conferences

Eugene V. Cota-Robles Fellowship, February 2017 –Tuition and Stipend at UCLA for 1st and 4th Year of study.


Dr. Laurence C. Smith (now at Brown University)

Dr. Dennis Lettenmaier (Geography + CEE)

Dr. Yongwei Sheng (Geography)

Dr. Steven Margulis (CEE)

Dr. Curtis Chen (NASA-Jet Propulsion Laboratory)