Olivia Jarvis

  • Data Science FellowEnvironmental Science
  • Originally from Oceanside, CA
  • Moved to Hawai‘i Island in 2018 to pursue my undergraduate degree at the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo in Environmental Science (B.S.) and subject certificates in Data Science and Marine Option Program.
  • During my undergraduate degree, I was a research assistant for the Multiscale Environmental Graphical Analysis (MEGA) lab and processed imagery to build and annotate orthomosaics of coral reefs in Hawai’i to analyze reef characteristics and habitat complexity. 
  • I am currently a graduate student at the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo in the Tropical Conservation Biology and Environmental Science Program. 
  • My advisor is Dr. Ryan Perroy who is a professor and department chair for the UH Hilo Geography and Environmental Science Department and Principle Investigator for the Spatial Data Analysis and Visualization (SDAV) lab. The SDAV lab is working on several projects using photogrammetry and remote sensing with small unmanned aircraft systems, manned helicopters, and satellites to tackle environmental issues significant to Hawai‘i such as Rapid ‘Ohi‘a Death, shoreline changes, erosion, invasive species, and mapping Kilauea eruptions. 
  • My research interests are in invasive plant species detection from aerial imagery using machine learning, habitat suitability modeling, and how climate change could impact the habitat distributions of native and nonnative plants in Hawai’i.