Stuart Phinn’s research interests are in measuring and monitoring environmental changes using earth observation data and publishing/sharing ecosystem data. He received his PhD from the University of California – Santa Barbara/San Diego State University in 1997. The majority of his work focuses on the use of images collected from satellite and aircraft, in combination with field measurements, to map and monitor the earth's environments and how they are changing over time. This work is done in collaboration with other environmental scientists, government environmental management agencies, NGO's and private companies. A growing part of this work now focuses on national coordination of earth observation activities and the collection, publishing and sharing of ecosystem data.