Speaker Bios

Rebecca Moore
 Engineering Manager, Google Earth Outreach and Earth Engine

Rebecca Moore is a computer scientist and longtime software professional. At Google, she conceived and leads the Google Earth Outreach program, which supports nonprofits, communities and indigenous peoples around the world in applying Google's mapping tools to the world's pressing problems in areas such as environmental conservation, human rights and cultural preservation. Rebecca also initiated and leads the development of Google Earth Engine, a new technology platform which supports global-scale monitoring and protection of the earth’s environment. Rebecca received a bachelor’s degree with honors from Brown University in Artificial Intelligence and a master’s degree from Stanford University. Her personal work using Google Earth was instrumental in stopping the logging of more than a thousand acres of redwoods in her Santa Cruz Mountain community.
   
David Thau Manager of Developer Relations, Earth Engine and Earth Outreach
Dave Thau is the manager of developer relations for Google Earth Engine and Google Earth Outreach. He has created, and managed software development for, Webby Award winning websites, written a best-selling computer science textbook that has been translated into nine languages, and published scholarly papers in the field of data management. He joined Google in 2010, bringing with him 20 years of industry experience developing Internet-based applications with a focus on large image databases, geospatial systems, ecology and biodiversity. Thau holds degrees from the University of California, Los Angeles, the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and a PhD in computer science from the University of California, Davis.
 
Karin Tuxen-Bettman Manager, Google Earth Outreach
Karin has been with Google since early 2008, and has since worked on the Google Earth Outreach team, helping nonprofit and public benefit organizations use Google's mapping tools for their work. Karin's background includes work in GIS and remote sensing technologies, which she applied to her PhD in environmental sciences, received from the University of California, Berkeley. Since joining Google, she has trained numerous nonprofits to using the Street View Trekker backpack to collect imagery of the ecosystems they are working to conserve. More recently, she leads the Google Earth Outreach team and has led the effort at Google to measure air quality using Street View cars, through a partnership with the Environmental Defense Fund.
 
Nick Clinton Developer Advocate, Google Earth Engine
Nick Clinton is on the Earth Engine developer relations team. He received a bachelors, masters and PhD from the department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management at UC Berkeley. From 2008-2011, Nick worked in the Airborne Sensor Facility of NASA Ames Research Center, producing science quality calibrated imagery and supporting sensor maintenance for thermal, multispectral and hyperspectral imagers. From 2012-2015, he was on the faculty of the Center for Earth System Science at Tsinghua University, in Beijing, China. He joined Google in 2015.
 
Tyler Erickson Senior Developer Advocate, Google Earth Engine
Tyler focuses primarily on supporting Earth Engine partners who are working on water and climate analyses and the Python API. Prior to joining Google, he worked in academia and served as the Chair of the Technical Committee for AmericaView, a non-profit nationwide partnership of remote sensing scientists. Dr. Erickson holds graduate degrees in Civil and Environmental Engineering and in Geography from the California Institute of Technology, Stanford University, and the University of Colorado. His research has focused on water resources, particularly in the cryosphere, and on geostatistics for integrating geospatiotemporal environmental data across observational platforms.
 
Tanya Birch Program Manager, Google Earth Outreach
Tanya Birch is a Program Manager at Google Earth Outreach. She studied Geography and Environmental Studies at the University of California at Santa Barbara, and has been part of Google Earth Outreach since 2007 and at Google since 2003. Prior to Google, she researched human elephant conflict with the Sri Lanka Wildlife Conservation Society. At Google, she established the Grants program and now focuses on using Android mobile technology to collect and map field data.
 
Christiaan Adams Developer Advocate, Google Earth Outreach
Christiaan is a Developer Advocate, GIS specialist, and KML designer with the Google Earth Outreach team, where he helps nonprofits to use Google's online mapping tools to tell their stories, visualize their data, and share their work work with the world. Christiaan focuses on working with Crisis Response and Conservation organizations. His background is in Environmental Engineering, Technology Policy, GIS and international development. When he's not playing with digital maps, Christiaan can be found mountain biking, hiking, or "fixing" things in his workshop.
 
Max Heinritz Software Engineer, Google Earth Engine 
Max is a software engineer on the Earth Engine Playground frontend. He's worked on charts, the code suggestion tool, and the client libraries.
 
Andrew Chang Software Engineer, Google Earth Engine
Andrew Chang is a software engineer at Google.  He currently works on Earth Engine’s frontend helping to build bigger and better tools to push science along. On weekends, you may find him breaking games or wandering East Bay Regional Parks.
 
Jordon Mears Software Engineer, Google Earth
Jordon is a software engineer primary focused on the future of the Google Earth desktop client. In his time at Google he has worked on Earth Enterprise, helped build and launch Tour Builder, supported data ingestion for Earth Engine and currently works on the Earth client team.
 
Simon Ilyushchenko Climate Reliability Engineer
Simon has been at Google for 9 years. He started as an SRE (Site Reliability Engineer) on Google's storage infrastructure, and then later joined the Earth Engine team just as it was being formed, working primarily on data ingestion.
 
Emily Henderson Program Manager, Google Geo Education

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