AJ Purdy

AJ Purdy

Assistant Professor

Full-Time Faculty

(415) 422-6553 Harney Science Center 404C


A.J. Purdy received his MS and PhD in earth system science from the University of California, Irvine. His dissertation research focused on the advancement and application of remotely sensed evapotranspiration. Prior to his PhD, he completed an MS in coastal watershed science and policy from CSU Monterey Bay where he gained valuable experience working to improve on-farm management in California’s Central Valley. His undergraduate studies in industrial engineering were completed at the University of San Diego. Dr. Purdy's research broadly applies remote sensing and geospatial analysis to study and explore hydrology, water resources, ecosystems, and the environment.

Before arriving at USF, Dr. Purdy was a post-doctoral scholar at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory studying linkages between carbon and water cycling using state-of-the-art satellite observations, developing open-source software to ease the use of NASA data to support water management, and collaborating with colleagues from the field of Industrial Design to improve drought data communication. Outside of work, he enjoys surfing, camping, and adventuring.

PhD, Earth System Science, UC Irvine
MS, Watershed Science and Policy, CSU Monterey Bay
BS, Industrial and Systems Engineering, University of San Diego