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Catherine Nakalembe

Assistant Research Professor, University of Maryland - Department of Geographical Sciences

How I work with Harvest

Catherine Nakalembe is part of the University of Maryland Harvest Hub, providing support and coordination for Harvest activities in East Africa, working in Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda and expansion in the region.


Catherine Nakalembe is an Assistant Research Professor at the University of Maryland. She grew up in Kampala, Uganda where she earned a BSc. at Makerere University in Environmental Science. She earned an MSc. in Geography and Environmental Engineering from the Johns Hopkins University and her Ph.D. in Geographical Science at the University of Maryland. Catherine has broad interest ranging from agriculture remote sensing, food security to climate change. She has worked with the World Bank Environment Group and Climate Change Unit, The Nature Conservancy, Washington Adventist University, The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the NASA LCLUC program. She is currently working with government agencies in Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda as a co-investigator on the NASA SERVIR Applied Sciences Team and NASA Harvest. Catherine also serves as the Program Assistant for the NASA Land Cover and Land Use Change Program. Her doctoral research focused on drought and its impacts on land use and livelihoods in the Karamoja region of North Eastern Uganda. Catherine pioneered the repurposing of remote sensing by unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) from agricultural monitoring, to the survey of major refugee camps in her native Uganda.