NASA DEVELOP-Summer 2013

NASADevelop-summer2013

NASA DEVELOP Interns at the Center for Geospatial Research

 

Auryn Baruch
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I have always been interested in film, so the NASA DEVELOP Program seemed like a perfect outlet to learn more about the earth sciences and further my passion; it was just lucky coincidence I have previous experience in ArcGIS. My goal is to make the video as accessible as possible to people who are not involved in these or any other projects at ND and to make them more interesting.

Jennifer Bell

M.S. Student
Department of Geography – UGA

With a background in public health, I am very excited to work with the NASA DEVELOP team to bridge the gap between remote sensing and health research.  Finding solutions to upper respiratory problems is not only an interest in a relevant problem, but as scientists, it is our responsibility to the society in which we live in.

Jiaying He Jiaying He

M.S. Student
Department of Geography – UGA 

After a large earthquake in China in 2008, I was inspired by remote sensing researchers who helped with rescue efforts to study remote sensing and GIS technologies. Now, as a master student at UGA, I have obtained vegetation and climate change knowledge, and have strong interests in learning the latest remote sensing technologies and using them to solve environmental problems.

Binita KC

Ph.D. Candidate
Department of Geography – UGA

I am a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Geography, at UGA. Currently I am team lead (UGA) of  Southeast Health and Air Quality Project with NASA DEVELOP. With this project, I was interested to study PM 2.5 concentration using satellite images. Apart from this, I was also interested to know how PM 2.5 produced in one location could affect the health of populations living in another region.

Xiyu (Sally) Li
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As a nature lover, I’m always interested in exploring the relationships between natural phenomena and protecting our living environment. Now, I think my knowledge and skills in remote sensing and GIS, as well as environmental science, can be very helpful for solving environmental and ecological problems, like the hemlock decline problem.

Andrea Presotto

Ph.D. Student
Department of Geography – UGA 

With a background in Geography and Psychology, I am interested in geospatial technologies to investigate animal navigation and their relationship with landscape. I am also interested in conservation plans to help protect nonhuman animals and their natural habitat.

Caren Remillard

M.S. Student
Department of Geography – UGA

 With a background in Anthropology, I am interested in analyzing the spatial relationships between animals, habitats, and human land use by integrating remote sensing data with ground observations to map change over time, distribution of animals, and habitat with the goal of assisting communities in developing land use plans that will help them to better manage and conserve their land.

Steve Padgett-Vasquez

Ph.D. Student
Department of Geography – UGA

As a PhD student in Integrative Conservation and Geography, I’m interested in finding new applications to NASA EOS that can help inform decision support tools for environmental issues.

Joe White

M.S. Student
Bethune-Cookman University

During the Fall of 2013, I will be entering my second year of my master’s program in Integrated Environmental Science at Bethune-Cookman University, Daytona Beach, Florida. My background involves seagrass restoration/monitoring, salt marsh/coastal ecology, GIS, and remote sensing. This summer, while working with NASA DEVELOP National Program at the University of Georgia, I will be working on the Coastal Georgia Ecological Forecasting Project. Under the guidance of Dr. Deepak Mishra, we will be downloading and ground-truthing eight-day, 250 and 500 meter, MODIS data from 2000-present from NASA’s Earth Observing System Data and Information System (EOSDIS). We will be developing marsh biophysical models and time series map products to monitor salt marsh resources located along Georgia’s Atlantic coast over this temporal range. Field work will be conducted at Skidaway Island, Georgia to facilitate the validation of the downloaded hyperspectral MODIS data.