Andre Oktaviandra

Graduate Student


Andre obtained his Bachelor of Arts from Gadjah Mada University, Indonesia. During his undergraduate studies, he was trained in the use of geospatial technologies to understand human-nature interactions and became interested in the application of remote sensing as a forest conservation tool. Soon after he graduated, he moved to Sumatra as a research assistant in telemetry with a conservation NGO that protects Sumatran elephants. During his fieldwork in the Bukit Tigapuluh National Park ecosystem, he observed rapid land conversion at various scales. This experience brought him to University of Maryland, where he joined the GLAD team to further study forests dynamics through the lens of remote sensing combined with his background knowledge of Indonesia. His ultimate goal from joining the GLAD team is to use geospatial technology to tackle the biggest challenge human beings face today: climate change.