University of Minnesota
University of Minnesota
College of Biological Sciences


Shan Kothari


Graduate Student,  University of Minnesota,  2015-2020


In my research, I plan to use hyperspectral remote and proximal sensing to understand basic issues in plant community ecology. Hyperspectral imaging technology measures the reflectance of light from a surface across hundreds of wavelength bands. When applied to vegetation, it can tell us a surprising amount about plant physiology, from pigment concentrations to water and fiber content. My hope is that using hyperspectral imaging, we can understand how diversity in plant function influences the structure of plant communities, including the effects of biodiversity, the prevalence of niche partitioning, and the distribution of functional traits in space.

Contact Information


100 Ecology Building
1987 Upper Buford Circle
St Paul MN, 55108