Forestry Data Science 2020

The Reed Forestry Data Science Lab has been hard at work for a month now! The lab, supported by the US Forest Service Forest Inventory and Analysis Program, Reed College, and Swarthmore College, has 6 projects going this summer. These projects include:

  • Creating interactive web dashboards of important forest estimates using FIESTA
  • Exploring alternative variance estimators for data collected under a spatially systematic sampling design
  • Producing forest inventory teaching materials
  • Improving and expanding pdxTrees, an R data package of Portland park trees
  • Increasing the functionality of mase, an R package of modern survey estimators
  • Determining the utility of the generalized regression estimator for estimating forest attributes in the Interior West

I asked each lab member to provide a picture of themselves with a tree and a description. Let’s meet the awesome FDS 2020 crew!

Olek Wojcik is a rising senior Mathematics-Economics major at Reed.

“Here is a picture of me with a redwood sapling, which I personally relate to because I too am tall, and I like this one in particular because I planted it myself.”

Isabelle Caldwell is a rising junior Mathematics-Economics major at Reed.

“This is me in Bryce Canyon, Utah with either a ponderosa pine or a doug fir (not sure exactly 🤷). I like these trees because they are growing in a ridiculously beautiful place and its harder for trees to grow in canyons (I think they’re doing a good job).”

Alex Flowers is a rising senior Mathematics-Statistics major at Swarthmore.

“This is me in my backyard in what I think is a Japanese maple. I like this tree for its season-long red leaves and for being a very fun tree to climb.”

Maddie Basil is a rising junior English major at Swarthmore.

“Here’s a picture I took while hiking at Red River Gorge in Kentucky with what I think is either a Virginia pine or an Eastern white pine. This tree has some excellent little pinecones and can grow really tall (this one in particular has grown in kind of a funky, twisty shape).”

Sam Olson is a Mathematics-Economics Reed Alumnus (’17).

“This is me hanging out in a Japanese cherry tree. I chose this tree because I love its blossoms, and because seeing it frequently marks the beginning and end of my day. This tree is also fun to climb!”

Gretchen Moisen is an FIA Research Forester at the Rocky Mountain Research Station.

“I have lots of favorite trees! This is an Oregon white oak at my favorite windsurf launch on the Columbia River. The oak-pine woodlands here form unique mosaics between the arid landscape just to the east, and the wet dense forests just to the west. These oaks provide food and habitat for lots of wildlife, they’re resilient in fires and extreme conditions, and they conform themselves to meet the circumstances – looking like classic trees in wetter forested areas, or looking like gnarly contortionists on extreme exposures. I’m particularly fond of these trees because they provide a wind shelter where I rig my sails, and I can gauge the wind speed simply by the unique sound their leaves make.”

Tracey Frescino is an FIA Forester at the Rocky Mountain Research Station.

“Aspen is one of my favorite trees. It has beautiful white bark and is one of the few deciduous trees in the West. It is quite pleasant to walk through an open stand of pure Aspen with a light breeze flowing through its leaves. It also produces picturesque shades of yellow color in the fall.”

Kelly McConville (that’s me!) is an Assistant Professor of Statistics at Reed.

“Here I am cycling on the C & O Canal trail that starts in Washington, DC. Some of the native trees on the C & O include silver maples and box elders. These wonderful trees provided such great shade. Considering I was riding in the middle of humid June, I think all of these trees were my favorite!”