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Michael Kalua

University Of California Merced
Jr. Specialist
Merced, CA
Mike joined VICELab as a Student Assistant while he was an undergraduate at University of California, Merced studying Environmental Engineering. As a Student Assistant Mike used GIS to create hydrological maps of various study sites around the globe. During his undergraduate studies, Mike also spent a summer as a Mountain Hydrology Field Work Assistant with the Sierra Nevada Research Institute. There he helped to fabricate and install wireless sensor networks for snow monitoring and develop stream rating curves near the Emigrant Wilderness. He graduated and received his B.S. in the Spring of 2018. His first job after graduation was with Water and Land Solutions, where he assisted landowners in obtaining water rights to floodwater, planning groundwater recharge basins with GIS, and planning water gate locations. He began his current role as a Junior Specialist in September 2018.

Mike is now a licensed remote pilot and assists with the lab's drone operations. This includes site scouting, photogrammetry, LiDAR missions, and helping teach a university extension drone safety course. He also assists with various field work including water sampling at the San Joaquin Sacramento River Delta and manages data collection at the Merced Vernal Pools & Grassland Reserve. Mike is currently working on a project to evaluate the benefits of high-resolution multispectral drone data against satellite images for crop evapotranspiration monitoring.