Melissa Rose is a GIS Research Analyst in the Global Forest Watch (GFW) and Land & Carbon Lab (LCL) research teams where she assists in expanding existing global carbon monitoring frameworks to include the entire Agriculture, Forest, and Other Land Uses (AFOLU) sector.

Prior to joining WRI, Melissa worked as a Science Assistant at the National Science Foundation (NSF) for the BIO Centers and the National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) programs.

Melissa holds a Bachelor's degree in Environmental Science from the University of California, Los Angeles and a Master's degree in Informatics and Computing from Northern Arizona University. As part of her undergraduate research, she worked with Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks to identify high-priority wildlife corridors in California's Central Valley. As a graduate student, she worked on a number of projects from the Arctic to the Tropics utilizing remote sensing, machine learning, and high performance computing techniques to explore interactions between forest structure, landscape connectivity, and biodiversity.

Melissa works remotely from Sedona, Arizona. In her spare time, she enjoys kayaking, backpacking, and hiking with her two dogs.