The Center for Global Discovery and Conservation Science's 10 labs seek to understand, adapt to and mitigate the effects of environmental change globally.


The Center for Global Discovery and Conservation Science is a research unit of the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Futures Laboratory. The center’s 10 laboratories utilize specialized focus areas in an effort to understand, adapt to and mitigate the effects of environmental change across the globe.

Asner Lab

Through advanced Earth imaging technology, data analytics and technical training opportunities for future scientists, the Asner Lab makes scientific discoveries and supports conservation.

Das Lab

With a focus on exploration of extreme environments, the Distributed Robotic Exploration and Mapping Systems Laboratory builds autonomous exploration systems for spatio-temporal observation of environmental and biological processes.

Kamelamela Lab

The Kamelamela Lab interprets how Pacific Islands respond to environmental stressors. Typically this is done by interpreting the formation and evolution of an island from fossil corals and island sediment.

Kapono Lab

Cliff Kapono is a professional surfer, ASU professor and journalist. He has also produced a handful of award-winning films that discuss indigenous activism, ocean conservation, global food security and augmented reality.

Kerner Lab

The Kerner Lab develops machine learning systems for real-world data and use cases. This includes remote sensing and spatial datasets, discovery and exploration and agriculture and food security.

Li Lab

The Li Lab explores interactions between human and natural systems, especially at land-ocean interfaces using global-applicable physical analytical algorithms, big data analysis, cloud computing and machine learning.

Martin Lab

The Martin Lab conducts field and laboratory studies of functional traits in combination with airborne- and satellite-data aimed at developing biodiversity and remote-sensing linkages to understand patterns and processes of ecosystems.

Nebie Lab

The Nebie Lab engages in interdisciplinary research that places local communities at the center and values the diversity of people, identities and cultures in advancing scientific knowledge, equity and positive social change.