Our geo-science and environmental science students hail from a wide range of institutions and disciplines. All are interested in scientific research and are participating in our study of biogeochemical processes in northern upland and wetland ecosystems.
Virginia Commonwealth University
Environmental Science major
Hej, hej, (hey). I go to school in the city and had to escape a concrete jungle for the summer so I figured why not go to a Swedish Artic region for a change. They say the sunsets are beautiful this time of year. Truth be told, I have to stop myself from drooling in my coffee every morning while gazing at some of the surrounding mountain peaks. I consider myself pretty outdoorsy and while at home I fill my days with hikes in the Appalachians and paddle sessions down the James River. Climate change has been a major influence in the path I've chosen to study at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). I can see a research path meandering into my near future.
My research will focus on species composition at Stordalen Mire in Abisko, Sweden. I will be using remote sensing data from multiband cameras with near infrared capabilities. Using this information vegetation reflectance will be measured. I plan to determine species composition from these reflectance data. This data will also be used in scaling up processes with images taken from a Remote Operated Vehicle as well as satellite imagery.