Kyle McDonald

Kyle earned the Bachelor of Electrical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia in 1983, the M. S. degree in Numerical Science from Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland in 1985, and the M. S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from The University of Michigan, Ann, Arbor, Michigan in 1986 and 1991, respectively. From 1983-1985 he was Associate Engineer at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, Maryland. From 1985-1991 he was a Graduate student Research Assistant and a NASA Fellow in the Radiation Laboratory, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at The University of Michigan. From 1991-2011 Kyle was a scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, in Pasadena, California. Kyle is now the Terry Elkes Professor in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at The City College of  New York, having joined CCNY in 2011. He is Associate Director of the CUNY Remote Sensing Earth (CREST) Institute and supports CUNY’s Environmental Crossroads Initiative.


Kyle’s research has emphasized the use of  microwave remote sensing for the study of Earth’s terrestrial ecosystems and the cryosphere. Kyle is utilizing remote sensing datasets to assess vegetation and land surface structural features for understanding the assembly and distribution of ecosystems in the Atlantic Forest. He is also interested in remote- sensing-based assessment of  surface parameters associated with the region’s seasonal dynamics and climate.

Post-Docs & Students

PhD Student


Kat Jensen

Kat is a PhD student at the City University of New York (CUNY) studying Earth and Environmental Science. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Biology from Carleton College and a Master's degree in Environmental Science from Columbia University. Kat joined Dr. McDonald's research group in fall of 2012 and focuses on the use of microwave remote sensing data to monitor surface water.