Troy Magney

Troy Magney

Position Title
Associate Professor

1139 PRB


  • Research Scientist, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology 2018-2019
  • NASA Postdoctoral Program Fellow, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, 2015-2018
  • Ph.D., University of Idaho; Natural Resources, 2015
  • B.A., University of Denver; Physical Geography, 2010

Research interests and expertise:

Ecosystem Ecology | Plant Ecophysiology | Carbon Cycle Science | Environmental Biophysics | Remote Sensing | Instrumentation Development

Current projects:

  • Multi-decadal time series of vegetation chlorophyll fluorescence and derived gross primary production (NASA MEASURES, 2019–2024)
  • CARDI-C: Carbon Dynamics Instigator for California: An open-source platform for tracking carbon uptake and storage across California’s forests (2022-2025)
  • Seasonality of photosynthesis of temperate and boreal conifer forests across North America (NSF Macrosystems Biology, 2019–2024)
  • Integrating field measurements and models to evaluate solar-induce fluorescence as a predictor of dryland productivity (NASA Carbon Cycle Science (2021-2024)
  • COSIF: Combining Carbonyl Sulfide and solar-induced fluorescence to scale the carbon cycle of tropical rainforests from leaf to landscape (NASA Carbon Cycle Science, 2021-2024)
  • Changes in carbon fluxes of the Redwood forests of California (State of California, 2023-2027)
  • Integrative Demography: Combining ecology, remote sensing and genomics to understand population dynamics (NSF Integrative Biology, 2021-2025)
  • AI-enabled sensors for forecasting yield, ripeness, and disease in strawberry (USDA Areawide sub-project, 2021-2024)
  • Sensing and modeling of leaf biochemical and physiological traits, including early vigor (NSF Artificial Intelligence for Food Systems, 2020-2025)
  • Assessment and management of risk associated with wildfire smoke exposure of grapes in the vineyard (USDA SCRI, 2022-2026)
  • Remote-controlled evaluation of distribution uniformity and stem water potential: Extending imagery to integrated decision support (Almond Board of California, 2020-2025)

Current teaching:

  • PLS 198: Environmental Data Science
  • ECL 298: Ecosystem Ecology
  • PLS 124: Introduction to Digital Agriculture
  • PLS 125: Plant Optics: Remote Sensing of Plants
  • FRS 003: Earth From Space

External activities that contribute to scholarship:

  • Area of Emphasis Lead: Landscape and Ecosystem Ecology, Graduate Group in Ecology
  • Editor, Remote Sensing of Environment & AoBP Plants
  • Steering Committee: AmeriFlux Year of Remote Sensing 
  • Workshop co-lead: “Linking Optical and Energy Fluxes”, summer 2023
  • NASA Arctic Boreal Vulnerability (ABoVE) Science Team
  • NASA OCO-2/3 Science Team
  • American Geophysical Union Outstanding Student Presentations Award Committee
  • Plant Sciences Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee member
  • Graduate Group Member for: Ecology, Horticulture and Agriculture, Geography, Hydrology

Prizes, Awards, Honors

  • Alumni Achievement Award, University of Idaho (2022)
  • Early Career Award from the American Society of Plant Biologists (2021)
  • Top downloaded articles in Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences (2019 & 2020)
  • NASA Group Achievement Award. OCO-2 Science Team. 2018.
  • NASA Postdoctoral Program Fellowship. 2015–2018.
  • University of Idaho Outstanding Doctoral Student Research and Creativity Award. 2015.
  • College of Natural Resources Overall Outstanding Graduate Student, University of Idaho. 2015. 
  • NASA Idaho Space Grant Consortium Graduate Fellow. 2013–2015.
  • Decagon Devices GA Harris Instrumentation Fellow. 2014.

Google Scholar:

ORCID (16-digit identifier): 0000-0002-9033-0024

Social media links:


  • Ecosystem Ecology
  • Plant ecophysiology
  • Plant biophysics
  • Photosynthesis
  • Remote sensing