Forest Biometrics Lab

2017 LauraCoring

Laura Hanna

M.S. Student in Forest Resources
Department of Forest and Rangeland Stewardship
Forestry 126a
Laura.Hanna@rams.colostate.edu

B.S. Forest Biology (2019)
Colorado State University
Fort Collins, Colorado

Part of Laura’s work is evaluating the potential for UAS-based remote sensing to assess post-treatment horizontal and vertical forest structure complexity ponderosa pine dominated forests of the Black Hills National Forest. This work will demonstrate the range of forest structures that can be characterized through UAS remote sensing. Laura’s other work will focus on using a 50 year old density growth trial to develop new relationships of ponderosa pine height and diameter growth in the Black Hills National Forest. Understanding this critical early growth period will inform future forest planning and small tree density management.

Lauren Lad

Ph.D. Student in Forest Sciences
Department of Forest and Rangeland Stewardship
Forestry 126a
Lauren.Lad@colostate.edu

B.A. Environmental & Sustainability Studies (2019)
Indiana University
Bloomington, Indiana

Lauren’s work focuses on the use of drones for high resolution fire effects monitoring. Her work will utilize a combination of laboratory-based combustion experiments and field assessments of prescribed burns for the development of new remote sensing indices. These indices will integrate spectral and structural variables for a comprehensive assessment of fire effects. Ultimately, her work will be used to inform land managers on the risk and impact of fires.

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Casey Menick

M.S. Student in Forest Sciences
Department of Forest and Rangeland Stewardship
Forestry 126a
Casey.Menick@colostate.edu

B.S. Biology, Environmental Sciences & Environmental Studies (2014)
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Madison, Wisconsin

 

2021 Field Crew

Research Associates and Graduate Students
Laura Hanna
Lauren Lad
Rachel Hatfield
Andy Carlino
Neal Swayze
Justin Ziegler
Gunnar Ohlson
Sophie Bonner
Anna Freundlich

Undergraduate Technicians
Helen Flynn
Faith Kelly
Sophie Corioso
Ariel Demarest
Mario Cardoza-Reyes
Chase Coggins
Frank Harris

2019 Field Crew

Research Associates and Graduate Students
Jillian Laroe
Stephen Fillipeli
Jessica Wong

Undergraduate Researchers
Nie Nie
Miejia Li
Dustin Fox
Linlin Shi

Undergraduate Technicians
Hayden Taylor
Rachael O’Neill

2018 Field Crew

Undergraduate Technicians
Taylor Richmond (Crew Lead)
Alexis Conley
Alexa Binkley
Adam Langemeier
Brandon Hoem

Lab Alumni

Matthew Creasy

Graduated with M.Sc. in Forest Resources (2020)
Department of Forest and Rangeland Stewardship

B.A. Geography (2015)
Macalester College
Saint Paul, Minnesota

Matt’s completed his Masters while investigating the use of Structure from Motion photogrammetry techniques for ultra-small drone-based mapping of forest carbon. Part of his work compared the effects of data acquisition parameters and forest structural on the precision of stand-level carbon estimates. His second study evaluated our ability to map individual trees within overstocked ponderosa pine dominated forests. Ultimately, this work will provide guidance on the use of drones for monitoring forest restoration and carbon stocks.

Neal Swayze

M.Sc. Student in Forest Resources (2020)
Department of Forest and Rangeland Stewardship
Forestry 126a
neal.swayze@colostate.edu

B.S. Ecosystem Science and Sustainability (2018)
Colorado State University
Fort Collins, Colorado

Neal complete his Maters on work evaluating how flight parameters impacts the extractioon of individual trees and modeling of tree DBH using UAS Structure from Motion data. His work made a critical step towards advancing UAS for monitoring forest structure for both spatially dependent and aerial based summarization. This work was presented to regional managers to stimulate a discussion of drone-based monitoring for ecologically informed forest management.