Petra D'Odorico, PhD

Petra D'Odorico,
Postdoctoral fellow
Davis building 4078
Department of Biology
University of Toronto Mississauga
3359 Mississauga Road
Mississauga, ON, L5L 1C6
Tel: +1 905 569 4988
Email: petra.dodorico[at]

Current Project: Precision high-throughput phenotyping of functional traits in trees using UAVs for QTL studies. In collaboration with Natural Resources Canada, Canadian Forest Service, PrecisionHawk

Other ongoing Projects: Leaf2Canopy -  Improved characterization and integration of forest canopy structure and biochemistry for photosynthesis upscaling. In collaboration with ETH Zurich.

Research Areas:

  • Plant physiology, leaf traits variations and relationships
  • Land surface phenology and the carbon cycle
  • Functioning of terrestrial ecosystems using field, proximal and remote optical sensing techniques


PhD, 2012 | Remote Sensing, Department of Geography, University of Zurich, Switzerland
MSc, 2006 | Geo-Information Science, Wageningen University, The Netherlands
BSc, 2004  | Forestry, Faculty of Forestry and Agriculture, University of Padua, Italy

Work Experience:

Postdoctoral Fellow: Ensminger Lab, Department of Biology, University of Toronto Mississauga (2017-present)
Lecturer and Postdoctoral Fellow: Grassland Sciences Group, Institute of Agricultural Science, ETH Zurich (2013-2016)
Postdoctoral Fellow with the European Metrology Research Programme: Remote Sensing Laboratories, University of Zurich (2012-2013)
Calibration scientist within the Airborne Prism EXperiment (APEX) project: Remote Sensing Laboratories, University of Zurich (2008-2012)
Project assistant with the Environmental Mapping and Analysis Program (EnMAP): Kayser-Threde, Munich (2007-2008)
Intern with the Global Land Cover 2000 Project (GLC 2000): Joint Research Centre (JRC), European Commission, Ispra (2006)


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