Over the course of 10 weeks, I had the pleasure of working with 6 awesome student researchers. We worked on SEVEN different projects related to data questions poised by the US Forest Service Forest Inventory and Analysis Program (FIA). This work was a joint collaboration between FIA, Reed College and Swarthmore College and therefore it involved 3 FIA folks:
- Gretchen Moisen, Research Scientist
- Tracey Frescino, Forester
- Chris Toney, Forester
- Miranda Rintoul (’19)
- Salma Huque (’20)
- Iris Griffith (’20)
- Sarah Maebius (’21)
- Alex Flowers (’21)
- Maddie Basil (’22)
The projects ranged from exploring and summarizing the data in new ways, to investigating estimator properties and assumptions via simulations, to automating reporting for newly developed estimation tools, to creating new software. If you want to learn more, check out these virtual presentations: Systematic Sampling Presentation and LANDFIRE Presentation. Sarah and Salma also presented their work at the national FIA Stakeholder’s Meeting in Nashville, TN. We are currently working on two technical reports.
If you are a Reed student and this type of undergraduate research interests you, there is still time to apply for joining the Summer 2020 team!