Hamid Dashti grew up in Iran, where he completed a BS in Natural Resources Engineering and an MS in Remote Sensing and GIS. Hamid moved to Boise in 2014 to pursue a PhD focused on the remote sensing of vegetation. He is particularly interested in developing methods to estimate canopy biochemistry such as chlorophyll and nitrogen content from hyperspectral data. These estimated variables can be used in earth system models for studying climate change. Although Hamid appreciates all that Idaho has to offer, he enjoys whitewater kayaking the most.