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Geography Majors Participate in Research Week 2014

Posted: April 16, 2014
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Research Week 2014 is the seventh annual campus-wide celebration of undergraduate research and creative activity at the University of Texas at Austin. The week of events showcases undergraduate research going on across campus, introduces students to the possibilities for participating in the research mission of the university, and connects them to opportunities to get involved in research in virtually any field of study.

Several Geography students are presenting at The Longhorn Research Bazaar, a festive event where colleges, departments, research units, programs, and student organizations from across campus provide information for students about their undergraduate research activities and opportunities. The presentations will take place on Wednesday, April 16th, from 11-1pm.

Geography Major and President of the Geography Society Rachel Snavely will be doing a poster presentation on her project is titled “Monitoring vegetation recovery and land cover dynamics in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest: A multi-temporal remote sensing based approach.” Rachel also presented her research for a poster session during the Association of American Geographers (AAG) Conference in spring 2014, in Tampa, FL.

Rachel shares, “I did my research in cooperation with the IE program, where I was mentored by Ph.D. student Niti Mishra. The objective of my study was to use multi-temporal Landsat data to analyze post-eruptive vegetation patterns and land cover dynamics in and around Mount St. Helens.”

Jessica Norriss will also be presenting on the topic of Habitat Preservation, examining approaches to conserve biodiversity of species and habitats. Jessica is a Geography Honors student/Polymathic Scholar, and recently received the Holz-English Honors Thesis Fellowship. She serves as secretary of the Geography Society in addition to her scholarly work.

Jessica observes that, “The impact of tourism on natural ecosystems is one of the most pressing issues in global conservation. My research allows me to explore ways to make ecotourism sustainable, rather than destructive, for the environment.”

Geography Major Joyce Zifei Jiang is also speaking this week, her poster session for 'A Study on Natural Resource Management and Cultural Preservation in Manbang Village, Yunnan Province, China.' took place at the Liberal Arts research presentation event. 

Joyce says "The main focus of my research is to better understand the importance of local community conservation and where is a good location to apply the hydro-power project, using GIS analysis and fieldwork method." 

For more information about the Longhorn Research Bazaar presentations,  please visit the office of undergraduate research website.

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