Diana Moanga is a Lecturer and the Manager of the Spatial Analysis Center in the Stanford Doerr School of Sustainability. She teaches the Remote Sensing of Land class and the Fundamentals of Geographic Information Science class. Her research includes studying land use land cover change processes using remote sensing and spatial analysis, focusing on the effects of environmental and anthropogenic stressors on coastal socio-environmental systems. She is particularly passionate about furthering our understating of climate equity for coastal communities and mapping coastal hazards at various scales. She has a Ph.D. in Environmental Science Policy and Management from UC Berkeley in 2020. Her dissertation research used geospatial techniques to study land use and land cover changes across California. Specifically, her research explored management impacts on California’s coastal lands, agricultural transitions in the Central Valley, and wildfire activity under future climate regimes. Diana also earned a Master’s in Science in Marine Affairs and Policy from the University of Miami in 2015. For her master's research she examined the spatial and temporal characteristics of harmful algal blooms and studied coastal zone management and coral conservation.

Current Role at Stanford

Lecturer & Manager of the Spatial Analysis Center

Education & Certifications

  • BA, University of Miami, Marine Affairs (2013)
  • MS, University of Miami, Marine Affairs and Policy (2015)
  • PhD, University of California Berkeley, Environmental Science Policy and Management (2020)

2023-24 Courses

All Publications

  • Hyperlocal Observations Reveal Persistent Extreme Urban Heat in Southeast Florida Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology Clement, A., Troxler, T., Keefe, O., Arcordia, M., Cruz, M., Moanga, D., Hernandez, A., Adefris, Z., Jacobson, S. 2023

    View details for DOI 10.1175/JAMC-D-22-0165.1

  • Farm consolidation and turnover dynamics linked to increased crop diversity and higher agricultural input use. Agricultural Systems Olivia, H., Butsic, V., Moanga, D., Wartenberg, A. 2023
  • The threat of wildfire is unique to cannabis among agricultural sectors in California ECOSPHERE Dillis, C., Van Butsic, Moanga, D., Parker-Shames, P., Wartenberg, A., Grantham, T. E. 2022; 13 (9)

    View details for DOI 10.1002/ecs2.4205

    View details for Web of Science ID 000850311700001

  • Identifying drivers of change and predicting future land-use impacts in established farmlands JOURNAL OF LAND USE SCIENCE Wartenberg, A. C., Moanga, D., Butsic, V. 2022; 17 (1): 161-180
  • Limited Economic-Ecological Trade-Offs in a Shifting Agricultural Landscape: A Case Study From Kern County, California FRONTIERS IN SUSTAINABLE FOOD SYSTEMS Wartenberg, A. C., Moanga, D., Potts, M. D., Butsic, V. 2021; 5
  • A System for Resilience Learning: Developing a community-driven, multi-sector research approach for greater preparedness and resilience to long-term climate stresses and extreme events in the Miami metropolitan region Journal of Extreme Events. Troxler, T., et al 2021
  • The space-time cube as an approach to quantifying future wildfires in California INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF WILDLAND FIRE Moanga, D., Biging, G., Radke, J., Butsic, V. 2021; 30 (2): 139-153

    View details for DOI 10.1071/WF19062

    View details for Web of Science ID 000588770100001

  • "Sealed in San Jose:" Paving of front yards diminishes urban forest resource and benefits in low-density residential neighborhoods URBAN FORESTRY & URBAN GREENING Lacan, I., Moanga, D., McBride, J. R., Butsic, V. 2020; 54
  • Avoided land use conversions and carbon loss from conservation purchases in California JOURNAL OF LAND USE SCIENCE Moanga, D., Schroeter, I., Ackerly, D., Butsic, V. 2018; 13 (4): 391-413
  • Using InVEST to assess ecosystem services on conserved properties in Sonoma County, CAYY CALIFORNIA AGRICULTURE Butsic, V., Shapero, M., Moanga, D., Larson, S. 2017; 71 (2): 81-89
  • Eastern Pacific Coral Reef Provinces, Coral Community Structure and Composition: An Overview CORAL REEFS OF THE EASTERN TROPICAL PACIFIC: PERSISTENCE AND LOSS IN A DYNAMIC ENVIRONMENT Glynn, P. W., Alvarado, J. J., Banks, S., Cortes, J., Feingold, J. S., Jimenez, C., Maragos, J. E., Martinez, P., Mate, J. L., Moanga, D. A., Navarrete, S., Reyes-Bonilla, H., Riegl, B., Rivera, F., Vargas-Angel, B., Wieters, E. A., Zapata, F. A., Glynn, P. W., Manzello, D. P., Enochs, I. C. 2017; 8: 107-176