The WyomingView program offered four scholarships to undergraduate students to recognize their use of remotely sensed data in their research. These scholarships were made possible by generous support from the USGS and AmericaView Inc. which fund WyomingView. We look forward to offering similar opportunities in the future as funding permits. This years' recipients; Claire Hudson, Tyrell Perry, and Paul Arendt describe their work below.

 

 

Blake Cobb

I Learned several different things by taking the remote sensing class. While working for the forest service i learned that remote sensing is an integral part of making the maps that help people make important decisions. I learned that by using remote sensing you can evaluate things like fire severity and grazing management.

By taking this class I am now able to use remote sensing and can use apply it in the future when i am required to evaluate things and make these important decisions.

Blake's research abstract can be viewed at the following website.


Claire Hudson

I recently graduated with a B.S. in biology and am going on to get my M.S. in botany. My project, funded by WyomingView, used MODIS images to characterize the relationship between NDVI and ambient temperature in two forest types in the Snowy Range Mountains, WY and examined how the relationship changed with bark beetle attack.

This project was my first experience working with remotely sensed images, and taught me how large-scale satellite images can be used to determine ecological relationships at a smaller scale. The skills I acquired working with remotely sensed images during this project will continue to serve me throughout my graduate studies and in my future career.

Claire's research abstract can be viewed at the following website.


Tyrell Perry

Through this internship I became aware of how we can use technology in manipulating images to find answers to questions without having to make trips to the field.

In my project I was able to differentiate Salt Cedar (Tamarisk spp.) from native vegetation on the Powder River in Sheridan County, WY.

Invasive species like Salt Cedar and many others are becoming hot topics in rangeland ecology and remote sensing technologies are very useful in mapping stands of invasive species remotely, saving lots of time and money.

Tyrell's research abstract can be viewed at the following website.

 


Paul Arendt

For my research project I performed a GIS analysis upon several datasets in an effort to find spectral trends within identified areas of mountain pine beetle outbreak in the Medicine Bow National Forest. For me, this project served as an excellent introduction to the process of scientific research.

He presented his work in the 2010 Wyoming Undergraduate Research Day on April 24, 2010.

Title: Utilizing Landsat TM and Forest Service aerial survey data for mapping Mountain Pine Beetle outbreak in Medicine Bow National Forest, WY.


 


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