Since joining the department, Taehee has published a number of papers on a variety of topics. In 2014, he published an article in Global Change Biology on Coweeta-based research studying the effects of drought stress on seasonality in vegetation across elevations, which showed that late growing season droughts cause earlier leaf drop in lower elevation forests but not high-elevation forests. It also suggested that these late-season droughts may lead to divergent ecosystem responses between the forests at different elevations. In 2015, he published in the Journal of Geophysical Research on using LiDAR vegetation data to improve predicting and real-time forecasting landslides. In 2017, he published a paper in Geophysical Research Letters on the effects of hemlock woolly adelgid infestation on recently-infested New England forests, and a background information paper on the ongoing NASA project in Remote Sensing of Environment on how to use tree shade as a predictor of drought stress.
Taehee has also taken on a number of roles within the department. He is currently teaching remote sensing and GIS classes every year, and teaches a course on ecohydrology every few years. He is the associate director of the collaborative research computer lab between Anthropology and Geography. He has also organized many GIS-centric events, such as GIS Day. He is the co-chair for the department colloquium committee. He serves on the search committee for a new vegetation modeling professor, which is a part of the Grand Challenge mission to prepare for environmental change. He is advising one post-doc, one Master’s student, and two Ph.D. students (one of whom is co-advised by Scott Robeson and one of whom is co-advised by Eduardo Brondizio in Anthropology).
TaeHee joined the Department of Geography at Indiana University in 2014, after working as a post-doctoral researcher at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. He obtained his Ph.D. in Geography at Chapel Hill in 2010. He earned his Master’s in Ecology and his Bachelor’s in Microbiology both from Seoul National University in South Korea.