Christine Lee

Christine joined the Science Applications and Data Interactions group at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory in 2014 after a 2-year term at NASA Headquarters in Washington, D.C as an AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow. Her professional interests include working to improve the utility of remote sensing for water quality monitoring through conducting applied research and developing partnerships within the water resources/water quality management practitioners community. Christine is also an Associate Program Manager for the NASA Applied Sciences Water Resources program. Christine has a Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from UCLA studying coastal water quality issues and developing rapid, viability-based detection methods for monitoring water quality.

  • Ph.D., Environmental Engineering UCLA, 2010
  • M.S., Environmental Engineering UCLA, 2006
  • B.S., Chemical Engineering, UCLA 2005

Research Interests: 

Applications of remote sensing for water quality and water resources, public health, international development, environmental and public health microbiology

Professional Experience: 
  • AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow, NASA Headquarters (Applied Sciences Program, Capacity Building and Water Resources)
  • Postdoctoral Research Science, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, 2010-2012

Selected Awards: 
  • NASA Early Career Public Achievement Medal, 2019
  • JPL Voyager Award, 2019
  • JPL Team Award for ECOSTRESS, 2018
  • JPL Voyager Award, 2017
  • AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow 2012-2014
  • EPA People, Planet and Prosperity (P3) Award 2009
  • Switzer Foundation Fellow 2008-2009
  • Switzer Foundation Grant 2012

Selected Publications: 
  1. Zimmer-Faust A, Thulsiraj V, Lee CM, et al.  Multi-tiered approach utilizing microbial source tracking and human associated-IMS/ATP for surveillance of human fecal contamination in Baja California, Mexico.  Science of the Total Environment, 2018.
  2. Cooley SA, Fisher JB, Williams C, Halverson G, Williams C, Lee CM, Assessing regional drought impact on vegetation and evapotranspiration: a case study in Guanacaste, Costa Rica, Accepted.  Ecological Applications, 2018. 
  3. Lee CM, et al.  Applying Earth Observations for Water Resources Challenges, Ch 6.  Earth Science Satellite Applications, Springer Remote Sensing/Photogrammetry, 2016.
  4. Hossain F, Serrat-Capdevila, Granger S, Thomas A, Saah D, Ganz D, Mugo R, Murthy MSR, Ramos VH, Anderson E, Schumann G, Lewison R, Kirschbaum D, Escobar V, Srinivasan M, Lee CM, et al.  A Global Capacity Building Vision for Societal Applications of Earth Observation Systems and Data: Key Questions and Recommendations, Bulletin in American Meteorological Society, 2016.
  5. Bolten JB, Lee CM, Houser P.  Satellite Data for Water Resources Mgmt.  AGU Eos Transactions, 2015.
  6. Lee CM, Cable ML, Hook SJ, et al.  An introduction to the NASA Hyperspectral InfraRed Imager (HyspIRI) mission and preparatory activities, Remote Sensing of Environment, 2015. 
  7. Lee CM, Orne T., Schaeffer B.  How can remote sensing be used for water quality?  Bridging the operational and applications communities to address water quality challenges.  AGU Eos transactions, 2014. 
  8. Noell AC, Greenwood A, Lee CM, Ponce A.  High Density, Homogeneous Endospore Monolayer Deposition on Test Surface, Journal of Microbiological Methods, 2013.
  9. Lee CM, Hemmings SN, Searby ND.  Using Earth observations to enhance water resources decision-making & disaster assessment processes in the U.S. and in the developing world.  IEEE GHTC, 2013. 
  10. Ros-Giralt J, Launglucknavalai K,Massaguer D, Casanova J, Maxwell (Lee) CM.  Using Labdoo to Bridge the Digital Divide: A New Form of International Cooperation. Service Learning in the Computer and Information Sciences: Practical Applications in Engineering Education, Ch 18 © 2012.
  11. Lee CM, Griffith JF, Kaiser W, Jay JA.  Covalently-linked immunomagnetic separation/adenosine triphosphate technique is a rapid and field-portable method for measuring E. coli and Enterococcus spp., in fresh and marine water environments.  Journal of Applied Microbiology.  2010.
  12. Mika KB, Imamura G, Chang C, Conway V, Fernandez G, Griffith J, Kampalath R, Lee CM, et al.  Pilot and bench-scale testing of fecal indicator bacteria survival in marine beach sand near point sources.  Jounral of Applied Microbiology.  2009. 
  13. Ramanathan N, Lee CM, et al.  Sensor-based investigation of biogeochemical control on arsenic mobilization in rural Bangladesh.  Conference Proceedings, American Chemical Society. 2007.
  14. Lee CM, Lin TY, Lin CC, Kohbodi G., Bhatt A, Lee R, Jay JA.  Persistence of fecal indicator bacteria in Santa Monica Bay beach sediments.  Water Research.  2006
Christine Lee
4800 Oak Grove Drive
Pasadena, CA 91109
Phone: 818-354-3343