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Internship Alumni

UNAVCO is committed to increasing the geodesy community and geoscience workforce and facilitating full societal representation. We focus our efforts on providing opportunities in various stages of the geoscience academic/career pathway, including several internship programs. The interns below have participated in one or more of the internships that UNAVCO has hosted beginning in 1998. (Note: prior to 2015, the USIP program was not formalized. These interns were referred to as UNAVCO Student Assistants. The Geo-Launchpad program also did not begin until 2015)

    • Danya Abdelhameid

      Danya Abdelhameid

      Program: RESESS

      School: College of William and Mary

      Project: A Laboratory-Scale Analogue Model to Probe Ice Sheet Grounding Line Dynamics

      A little bit about me

      Danya’s interest in earth science began as an offshoot of a broader interest in environmental justice and water conservation. Although her interests have since shifted to glaciology and broadly, geophysics, they remain driven by notions of community engagement and social justice. This summer, Danya designed and constructed an analogue model to simulate the flow of ice sheets and ice shelves. (See More)

    • Dylan Blanchard

      Dylan Blanchard

      Program: Geo-Launchpad

      School: Front Range Community College

      UNAVCO Project Mentors: Marianne Okal & Christopher Crosby

      Faculty Mentor: Andrew Caldwell

      Project: 3D Printing Procedures and Applications in Outreach and Field Support

      A little bit about me

      Dylan Blanchard is presently studying geography at Front Range Community College, with plans to transfer to the University of Northern Colorado in 2018. Through a chance encounter on his campus, Dylan met a former Geo-Launchpad intern who piqued his interest in the geosciences. Dylan’s project at UNAVCO consisted of learning to assemble and use a 3D printer, ultimately creating a “how to” guide for the conversion of LIDAR data to a printable file.

    • Erik Dutilly

      Erik Dutilly

      Program: UNAVCO Student Internship Program (USIP)

      School: University of Colorado, Boulder

      UNAVCO Supervisor: Donna Charlevoix

      Project: Student Assistant in Evaluation

      A little bit about me

      Erik Dutilly was born in Wisconsin to a father who came from a dairy farming family and mother who emigrated from Puerto Rico. He studied physical geography and Spanish at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. After moving to Boulder, CO, he got a master’s degree in education. Since then, he has specialized in program evaluation work in education and science education. He is currently pursuing a PhD in Education at the University of Colorado-Boulder in the School of Education.

    • Christopher Edmunds

      Christopher Edmunds

      Program: UNAVCO Student Internship Program (USIP)

      School: University of Alabama

      UNAVCO Supervisor: Beth Bartel

      Project: Student Assistant in Science Video Production

      A little bit about me

      Christopher Edmunds is a photojournalist from Birmingham, Alabama, and a USIP intern at UNAVCO for summer 2017. Christopher put his skills in publishing for media organizations to good use by shooting professional photos to document the RESESS and GLP internship programs. He also utilized his graphic design experience by created an engaging infographic explaining the basic of Geodesy that will be used in the UNAVCO calendar, and can be repurposed for educational materials. The bulk of Christopher’s summer internship focused on producing videos for the UNAVCO YouTube channel. These videos used a variety of audio/visual techniques and involved interviews, green screens, animations, and hours of careful editing. By summer’s end, Christopher was responsible for adding hundreds of photos, a versatile infographic, and several professional-grade videos to the UNAVCO education and outreach effort.

    • Ellie Ellis

      Ellie Ellis

      Program: UNAVCO Student Internship Program (USIP)

      School: Pitzer College

      UNAVCO Supervisor: Beth Bartel

      Project: Student Assistant in Science Video Production

      A little bit about me

      Ellie Ellis will receive her undergraduate degree in Geology and Environmental Analysis from Pitzer College in May of 2018. As one of two USIP video production interns, she produced numerous educational videos that highlight the work of diverse geoscience professionals and students. She also used her illustration skills to create animations for a video titled “Nine Impacts of Geodesy,” which is targeted towards a broad audience. Ellie is passionate about increasing accessibility in the earth and environmental sciences, and hopes to pursue a career in education.

    • Liz Etzel

      Elizabeth "Liz" Etzel

      Program: Geo-Launchpad

      School: Front Range Community College

      USGS Project Mentors: Kevin C. McKinney & Chris Stuckey

      Faculty Mentor: Richard Koehler

      Project: Georeferencing and Mapping Invertebrates in the Western United States

      A little bit about me

      After receiving her bachelor’s degree in geography from the University of Texas, Elizabeth (Liz) Etzel worked in the outdoors on trail crews, as an environmental educator, and as a natural resources technician. Liz decided to get back into her original interests in geography by going back to school at Front Range Community College to pursue a Geographic Information Sciences (GIS) Certificate. While part of the Geo-Launchpad program at UNAVCO, Liz worked on a project to map out shorelines of the Western Interior Seaway for the Core Research Center at USGS. She hopes to work as a GIS analyst helping people answer questions about how things relate spatially and eventually undertake a graduate program that incorporates her interests in botany and remote sensing.

    • Jessica Ghent

      Jessica Ghent

      Program: Geo-Launchpad

      School: Front Range Community College

      USGS Project Mentors: Kevin C. McKinney & Chris Stuckey

      Faculty Mentor: Stephanie Pipis

      Project: Georeferencing and Mapping Invertebrates in the Western United States

      A little bit about me

      Jessica Ghent is currently pursuing an A.S. in geology at Front Range Community College, and intends to transfer to the University of Colorado Boulder for geophysics. She hopes to one day attain a Ph.D. and work for the Volcano Disaster Assistance Program. Her passion for geosciences, and volcanoes in particular, stems from her childhood love of the best disaster film ever made, Dante’s Peak, and from her travels to Iceland and Costa Rica. As a Geo-Launchpad intern, Jess worked for the USGS, georeferencing fossil localities to complete collection databases for the Smithsonian.

    • Ellen Knappe

      Ellen Knappe

      Program: UNAVCO Student Internship Program (USIP)

      School: University of Montana

      UNAVCO Supervisor: Ken Austin

      Project: Student Assistant in Alaska Field Operations

      A little bit about me

      Ellen Knappe is normally a PhD candidate at University of Montana working towards her degree in active tectonics. She was very excited to return for another summer to work with the Alaska team. Ellen spent the summer flying around in the helicopter, working in the rain, swatting bugs, eating way too many gummy bears, staying very caffeinated and annoying the Alaska engineers with her horrible singing. She appreciated the opportunity to spend another great summer working and exploring Alaska with the AK team. During her internship, Ellen helped maintain and improve the Alaska PBO network. She worked with the Alaska engineers to troubleshoot issues, repair and configure equipment, enhance network communication systems and increase the robustness of power systems at stations across the state. She also learned how to quality check GPS data, monitor the network for issues and fabricate equipment for deployment. Ellen enjoyed furthering her skills as a geodesist and learning new skills and techniques from the AK team.

    • Rama Vamshi Krishna Dhulipala

      Rama Vamshi Krishna Dhulipala

      Program: UNAVCO Student Internship Program (USIP)

      School: University of North Carolina, Charlotte

      UNAVCO Supervisor: Jim Normandeau

      Project: Student Assistant in Nagios Software

      A little bit about me

      I am Rama Vamshi Krishna Dhulipala, a graduate student at University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Apart from pursuing my Masters in the computer Science Department, I was also a Teaching Assistant for the course ‘Software Development Projects’, when I was in my second semester of graduation. I would like to introduce myself as a person who loves to code and thoroughly enjoy programming. I enjoy the process of building solutions through the development of software applications (both web and mobile). This summer, I have been working as a Nagios Code Writer Intern under the guidance of my supervisor, Jim Normandeau.

    • Ian Lauer

      Ian Lauer

      Program: UNAVCO Student Internship Program (USIP)

      School: University of Montana

      UNAVCO Supervisor: Beth Pratt-Sitaula

      Project: Student Assistant in Field Education

      A little bit about me

      Ian has been working with UNAVCO since summer 2016 on a NSF grant to improve undergraduate education in geoscience technologies. Under the guidance of advisors, Beth Pratt-Situala and Ben Crosby, he wrote field education guides and curriculum for GETSI: High Precision Positioning module. This module is a field based curriculum designed to teach practical skills in conducting GPS surveys for geoscience based problems, with a focus on societally important issues such as natural hazards and resources. Additionally, Ian’s research is funded through and directly supports the curriculum by providing an example dataset of a societally relevant problem solved with GPS surveys. Ian enjoys long hikes down landslides and climbing the nearest or most prominent outcrop in the vicinity (and will argue this is the only way to properly view and assess the local geology). He gained an appreciation for nature by growing up outdoors as a child through family adventures on the rivers and in the mountains. This appreciation grew into a broad love for the natural sciences, which was solidified by graduating with a B.S. Geology in 2016. Ian hopes to always continue learning, and is currently pursuing a M.S. Geology focused on geomorphology and natural hazards. He hopes to never grow up, and looks forward to a life with his wife Brandi, daughter Sofia, and exploring the world with them.

    • Zachary Little

      Zachary Little

      Program: RESESS

      School: University of Maryland, Baltimore County

      Project: Automated Diatom Analysis Applied to Traditional Light Microscopy: A Proof-of-Concept Study

      A little bit about me

      Growing up in Baltimore, Maryland, Zachary became fascinated in geoscience during his childhood explorations along the shorelines of Ocean City, Maryland. Zachary’s curiosity in coastal processes and the natural environment has inspired him to pursue a career as a professor and researcher of coastal and fluvial geomorphology. This summer as a RESESS intern, he focused on developing a new method to automate particle analysis processing of diatoms, a type of single-celled algae. His work is the first to use VisualSpreadsheet software, independent of its complementary FlowCam hardware, to conduct automated particle analysis on microscope images of diatoms and will contribute to techniques of diatom enumeration employed by academic institutions and federal agencies. (See More)

    • Brandon Lucas

      Brandon Lucas

      Program: Geo-Launchpad

      School: Front Range Community College

      UNAVCO Project Mentor: Dave Mencin

      Faculty Mentor: Max Miller

      Project: The Slumgullion Slide: Using Drones (UAV's) for Structure from Motion (SfM)

      A little bit about me

      Brandon Lucas is currently a student of geography and GIS at Front Range Community College with plans to transfer to CU Boulder to study atmospheric and oceanic science. Brandon’s a passionate geoscientist who hopes to better the world and society using science and GIS. At UNAVCO, he trained in obtaining Structure from Motion with drones (UAV’s). Outside of scientific endeavors, he loves spending time with his dogs, cat, and fiancé, as well as writing, making, and watching horror movies, and playing in his band, The Dead Side.

    • Gavin Medley

      Gavin Medley

      Program: UNAVCO Student Internship Program (USIP)

      School: Post-graduate of the University of Colorado, Boulder

      UNAVCO Supervisors: Fran Boler & Doug Ertz

      Project: Student Assistant in Software Engineering

      A little bit about me

      Gavin is a data scientist and programmer with a background in applied mathematics and statistics. He graduated from the University of Colorado in December 2016 with a BS/MS in Applied Mathematics. During his time in the program, he wrote a thesis on experimental lidar altimeter data and worked with his advisor to develop algorithms used by NASA. He will be starting at UNAVCO in August as a software engineer working in data management and distribution. From June 12 through June 30 I was supervised by Fran Boler where I worked on creating XML mapping files to map our database schemas to the GeodesyML schema being advanced by Geoscience Australia. The goal was to utilize Geoserver to output our site log metadata in XML according to the GeodesyML schema definition. From July 3 through August 4, I was supervised by Doug Ertz where I developed software in python to reduce data transmission costs associated with downloading hourly log files from GPS receivers.

    • Steven Moran

      Steven Moran

      Program: RESESS

      School: Wichita State University

      Project: Tracing Carbon Cycling in the Atmosphere and Oceans in the Middle Cretaceous

      A little bit about me

      Steven began his journey with the geosciences at a young age with his fascination of Jupiter's Great Red Spot. During undergrad, He fell in love with complex system modelling and the interdisciplinary stance of the geosciences. Steven’s research focused on method development and implementation of reconstructing ocean and atmosphere carbon cycle paths during the middle-cretaceous using urea adduction and carbon isotopes. This served in conjunction with a large paleoclimate reconstruction consortium to understand the middle cretaceous and draw analogues to anthropogenic climate change. Steven hopes to use attend graduate school for planetary geology. (See More)

    • Fatima Niazy

      Fatima Niazy

      Program: RESESS

      School: Tufts University

      Project: Exhumation history of Colorado’s South Park basin and its potential causes from coupling apatite (U-Th)/He thermochronology with constraints from surface geology

      A little bit about me

      Fatima grew up in Saudi Arabia and was exposed to geology by her geophysicist father at an early age. Despite this, geology was not a field she considered for a career until returning to college as an adult, pursuing a higher education degree. She was drawn to the field’s interdisciplinary aspect and the opportunity it provides in working outdoors. Fatima’s project this summer explores the history of the Rocky Mountains using apatite-He thermochronology to date samples from the South Park basin in the Rockies. The results of this project will add scientific information that will give a clearer picture of geologic events that formed the modern Rockies. (See More)

    • Alexandra Orrego

      Alexandra Orrego

      Program: RESESS

      School: Georgia State University

      Project: Are Hotspots of Biotic Disturbances Increasing in Western U.S. Forests (1997-2016)?

      A little bit about me

      Growing up in the forested areas of North Georgia, Alexandra always maintained an appreciation for the Earth and its environment. During her first year as an undergraduate she realized that her love for the environment could become a career. Since solidifying her studies in Geoscience she is interested in technologies such as GIS, remote sensing, and applying these technologies to investigate changes in the environment that may have hazardous consequences to the Earth, ecology, and humans. She hopes to pursue a graduate degree in GIS and remote sensing of forest ecosystems. This summer Alexandra analyzed spatial and temporal patterns of interacting biotic disturbances in Western U.S. forests. In a warming and drying climate increased occurrences of hotspots- spatiotemporally overlapping biotic disturbances, may be an indication of a lowered ability for ecological compensation in affected forests and therefore hinder forest resilience. Her results promote further investigations of the mechanisms behind hotspots and will help in forecasting the future of forest ecosystems globally. (See More)

    • Amye Pedrino

      Amye Pedrino

      Program: Geo-Launchpad

      School: Front Range Community College

      USGS Project Mentor: John Rhoades

      Faculty Mentor: Andrew Caldwell

      Project: Showcasing Minerals and Elements Critical to the National Security of the United States

      A little bit about me

      Amye R. Pedrino, 2017 UNAVCO Geo-Launchpad intern, is a physics major at CU Boulder. Amye was pursuing a degree in social work when she became suddenly and deeply interested in geosciences after taking geology and astronomy courses at Front Range Community College (Larimer campus). During the Geo-Launchpad program, Amye helped construct a mineral showcase at the United States Geological Survey Core Research Center (USGS-CRC) to promote public awareness concerning Rare Earth Elements (REE’s) and their importance to the national security of the United States. Amye plans to apply her multidisciplinary experiences towards contributing advancements in our global society.

    • Anny Sainvil

      Anny Sainvil

      Program: RESESS

      School: Smith College

      Project: The Effect of Earthquakes on Episodic Tremor and Slip Events on the Southern Cascadia Subduction Zone

      A little bit about me

      Anny is a recent graduate of Smith College with bachelors in Geoscience and minor in Government. Her love for geology sparked after spending most of her summers exploring the mountainous landscape of New England and even having the opportunity to adventure to the glaciers of the Northern Cascades. Anny is particularly interested in reconstructing paleoclimates using sedimentology. This summer, Anny did her research at the University of Washington, looking at how normal earthquake events interact with slow slip earthquakes in the Southern Cascadia Subduction Zone. (See More)

    • Elizabeth Schaeffer

      Elizabeth "Beth" Schaeffer

      Program: Geo-Launchpad

      School: Community College of Denver

      UNAVCO Project Mentor: Dave Mencin

      Faculty Mentor: Joel Thompson

      Project: The Slumgullion Slide: Using Drones (UAV's) for Structure from Motion (SfM)

      A little bit about me

      Beth Schaeffer is a native of Denver, Colorado and is currently attending the Community College of Denver for an AS with a geology concentration. When she “grows up” she would like to travel the world, monitoring volcanic and other geologic processes. Her passions include geology, geophysics, geomorphology, volcanology, cartography, GIS, Unmanned Aerial Systems (drones), camping, hiking, and spending time with her husband and young daughter. Her time at UNAVCO was spent using drones and structure from motion to map geologic change.

    • Jodi Schoonover

      Jodi Schoonover

      Program: Geo-Launchpad

      School: Front Range Community College

      UNAVCO Project Mentors: Marianne Okal & Christopher Crosby

      Project: 3D Printing Procedures and Applications in Outreach and Field Support

      A little bit about me

      Jodi Schoonover is currently a sophomore at Front Range Community College and transferring to CU Boulder in pursuit of a bachelor’s degree in geology. Her passion for geology began while hiking the Colorado Trail and was further fostered by geology courses she attended. During her internship with UNAVCO, she worked on the 3D Printing Team to construct a 3D printer, write “how to” manuals for the printer, and aid in its application in field support and outreach.

    • Jose Silvestre

      Jose Silvestre

      Program: RESESS

      School: University of Texas at San Antonio

      Project: Experimental investigation of channel avulsion frequency on river deltas under rising sea levels

      A little bit about me

      Jose’s passion for the geosciences was sparked when his love for the outdoors led him to participate in a wild-cave tour. His current research interests reside in fluvial and coastal geomorphology. This summer, Jose used scaled physical experiments to investigate how sea-level rise might influence the frequency of channel avulsions on river deltas. The implications of this work will strengthen existing tools to better predict when avulsions occur. (See More)

    • Theron Sowers

      Theron Sowers

      Program: RESESS

      School: California State University, Sacramento

      Project: A Petologic Database for the USGS National Crustal Model

      A little bit about me

      Her research interests lie in big-picture geology: what are the stories that the rocks have to tell. This translates well into using geochemistry to investigate tectonics. This summer, Theron worked to develop a petrologic database that will be part of the USGS National Crustal Model, which will provide a critical update to the USGS National Seismic Hazard Model and Map. (See More)

    • Giordan Thompson

      Giordan Thompson

      Program: UNAVCO Student Internship Program (USIP)

      School: University of Colorado, Boulder

      UNAVCO Supervisor: Jim Normandeau

      Project: Student Warehouse Technician

      A little bit about me

      I am currently attending the University of Colorado at Boulder, pursuing a degree in Mechanical Engineering. I spent the summer operating the CNC machine and 3D printer coming up with innovations for the PolarRx5 campaign systems. During the Internship, I remained stationed in the warehouse testing and reiterating these systems. My participation in the UNAVCO Student Internship Program (USIP) has allowed me to find my niche in the geoscience field. UNAVCO has showed me diverse backgrounds make for a powerful workforce.

    • Billy Traversie

      Billy Jack Traversie

      Program: Geo-Launchpad

      School: Community College of Aurora

      USGS Project Mentor: John Rhoades

      Faculty Mentor: Sam Bishop

      Project: Showcasing Minerals and Elements Critical to the National Security of the United States

      A little bit about me

      Billy Jack Traversie started college at the young age of 35, previously having no intentions of going back to school let alone pursuing higher education. After Billy worked in couple different industries, he started to see the value in an education. When he went back to school, Billy was interested in a degree to take back to the pharmaceutical industry. While taking Geography as an elective at the Community College of Aurora he quickly realized he had a passion for the subject. Billy is currently enrolled at Metropolitan State University of Denver for Physical Geography. Billy’s role for the Internship was to build a mineral display case and to research on (REE’s) or Rare Earth Elements for the (USGS) United States Geological Survey.

    • Danya Abdelhameid

      Danya Abdelhameid

      Program: RESESS

      School: College of William and Mary

      Project: A High Resolution, Local-scale Characterization of Lg Attenuation in the Rocky Mountain-Central United States Continuation Zone

      A little bit about me

      Danya’s interest in the geosciences began as an offshoot of a broader interest in environmental justice and water conservation. Recently, her interests have shifted slightly, centering on the applications of remote sensing and other imaging methods to study and analyze the Earth. This summer, Danya worked to characterize the attenuation of Lg phase waves in the Rocky Mountain Central-United States Transition Zone to improve ground motion characterization in the USGS National Seismic Hazard and supplement the attenuation component of the USGS National Crustal Model. (See More)

    • Kelly Billings

      Kelly Billings

      Program: Geo-Launchpad

      School: Front Range Community College

      UNAVCO Project Mentors: Annie Zaino & Spencer Niebuhr

      Faculty Mentor: Max Miller

      Project: Polar Applications of Geodetic Field Methods: A St. Mary's Glacier Case Study

      A little bit about me

      Kelly has been interested in the weather and climate even as a small child, but fell in love with many aspects of Atmospheric Science after taking a General Meteorology class. Through her studies she has found great interest in how the atmosphere, earth and oceans interact. She worked on the Polar team in the Geo-Launchpad program, and studied how many of the Earth’s processes are tracked using the different methods of GPS.

    • Cody Bomberger

      Cody Bomberger

      Program: UNAVCO Student Internship Program (USIP)

      School: University of Montana

      UNAVCO Supervisor: Dave Mencin

      Project: Student Assistant in Evaluation of GNSS receivers and real-time PPP-AR positions for Earthquake and Tsunami Early Warning

      A little bit about me

      Cody Bomberger is from north-central Pennsylvania and completed his bachelor’s degree in Geosciences at the Pennsylvania State University. Cody is now wrapping up his master’s in the Department of Geosciences at the University of Montana. His work at Montana focuses on using observed surface deformation to determine the relative contribution from the crust and lithosphere using spatial scaling relationships. At UNAVCO, Cody worked on real time GPS processing with applications to Early Earthquake Warning systems.

    • Crystal Burgess

      Crystal Burgess

      Program: RESESS

      School: Alfred University

      Project: Temporal Pattern of Naturally Occurring Methane Levels in Domestic Water Wells, Overlying the Marcellus Shale in New York

      A little bit about me

      Crystal grew up in New York City, New York. Her passion in geoscience began on a class camping trip in the 7th grade, where learning how flint can be used to start a fire sparked her interest in rocks and their applications. Since then she has focused her interests on soil science and hydrology. She hopes to contribute to these fields by filling in gaps and challenging discrepancies in existing research. This summer, Crystal developed an interannual time series of naturally occurring methane concentrations in the advance of unconventional gas production in the southern tier of New York. (See More)

    • Enrique Chon

      Enrique Chon

      Program: RESESS

      School: University of Arizona

      Project: Earthquake Focal Mechanisms from the HOBITSS Ocean Bottom Seismology Experiment, Hikurangi Subduction Zone, New Zealand

      A little bit about me

      Born and raised in southeast Arizona, Enrique’s familiarity with the Basin and Range Province became useful as he turned to study geology. He is ultimately interested in using physics to describe and understand Earth’s natural processes. These interests include large-scale structural geology, tectonics, and other hazard-related phenomena. This summer he worked on developing seismic focal mechanisms for subduction zone earthquakes recorded offshore of the North Island, New Zealand, during the Hikurangi Ocean Bottom Investigation of Tremor and Slow Slip (HOBITSS) project. Understanding the spectrum of faulting behaviors at the Hikurangi subduction zone is important for understanding slow slip events and for determining the likelihood for damaging earthquakes and tsunamis. (See More)

    • Laura Fakhrai

      Laura Fakhrai

      Program: Geo-Launchpad

      School: Front Range Community College

      UNAVCO Project Mentor: Marianne Okal

      Faculty Mentor: Elizabeth Tulanowski

      Project: Using Differential GPS to Determine Range Accuracy and Precision of Terrestrial Laser Scanners

      A little bit about me

      Laura has a B.S. in Geology from Northern Arizona University and is currently earning a GIS certification from Front Range Community College. She became fascinated with geology as a teenager after reading a wall map that displayed the global plate boundaries along with volcanic and earthquake prone zones. She enjoyed working with Arc/GIS during her capstone as an undergraduate and is looking forward to combining her two interests as she enters the work force in her new career.

    • Ellen Knappe

      Ellen Knappe

      Program: UNAVCO Student Internship Program (USIP)

      School: University of Montana

      UNAVCO Supervisor: Ken Austin

      Project: Student Assistant in Alaska Summer Field Operations

      A little bit about me

      Ellen Knappe is a Ph.D. candidate at University of Montana, working towards her degree in active tectonics. She spent the summer helping the Alaska team service the PBO network across the state; troubleshooting issues with stations, enhancing network communication systems and replacing faulty equipment. During her internship, Ellen visited remote locations across Alaska to service stations, learned new techniques and skills from all the Alaska engineers and likely annoyed them with her horrible singing.

    • Meredith Kraner

      Meredith Kraner

      Program: UNAVCO Student Internship Program (USIP)

      School: University of Nevada, Reno

      UNAVCO Supervisor: Dave Mencin

      Project: Student Assistant in Evaluation of GNSS receivers and real-time PPP-AR positions for Earthquake and Tsunami Early Warning

      A little bit about me

      Meredith Kraner, a New York native, is currently a graduate student at the Nevada Geodetic Laboratory located within the University of Nevada, Reno looking at time-dependent strain in GNSS data. She became interested in geology, earthquakes, and crustal deformation while pursuing her undergraduate degree at Stony Brook University. This summer, Meredith worked on evaluating real time GPS processing systems to understand the most efficient and accurate methods to use for future Earthquake Early Warning systems. In her spare time, she enjoys outdoor-oriented activities such as hiking, biking, and skiing.

    • Ian Lauer

      Ian Lauer

      Program: UNAVCO Student Internship Program (USIP)

      School: Idaho State University

      UNAVCO Supervisor: Beth Pratt-Sitaula

      Project: Student Assistant in Developing GETSI Field Education Modules

      A little bit about me

      Ian Lauer is pursuing an M.S. Geology degree at Idaho State University. He is interested in the use of GPS/GNSS, LiDAR, and other geodetic tools in studying landscape morphology and applications to quantify and predict natural hazards such as earthquakes and landslides. He is working with UNAVCO to improve undergraduate curriculum and training in RTK and Static GNSS surveys by writing several field education modules distributed through SERC and GETSI.

    • Leslie Montoya

      Leslie Montoya

      Program: RESESS

      School: Western Carolina University

      Project: Ocean Phytoplankton Biogeography: Earth System Model Estimates at Coarse and Fine Resolution

      A little bit about me

      Leslie is currently a senior at Western Carolina University and is pursuing a B.S. in Geology. Her love of economic geology stems from spending her childhood helping her family operate their corundum mine in Cowee Valley, NC. Her RESSES 2016 research project involved determining the differences between simulated phytoplankton blooms of the Southern Ocean in coarse and fine resolutions. Understanding these simulations is an important step towards reliably predicting how real world phytoplankton will be affected by future climate change. (See More)

    • Sarah Moore

      Sarah Moore

      Program: UNAVCO Student Internship Program (USIP)

      School: Pennsylvania State University

      UNAVCO Supervisor: Shelley Olds

      Project: Student Assistant in Producing an Infographic on Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar (InSAR) for a Broad Audience

      A little bit about me

      Sarah Moore completed her B.S. degree in geology at the University of Utah and is currently pursuing an M.S. in geoscience at Penn State University. Her love of natural hazards as a child drew her to study volcano deformation on Kilauea volcano in Hawaii for both her undergraduate and graduate research. Sarah's background with InSAR led her to UNAVCO where she spent the summer developing a suite of InSAR data products to create outreach materials for the Education and Community Engagement program. She generated a suite of many high quality interferograms add to the WInSAR product archive. She also used the examples to design an infographic describing how InSAR works and to showcase the many applications of InSAR in the geosciences.

    • James (Bobby) Nash

      James (Bobby) Nash

      Program: UNAVCO Student Internship Program (USIP)

      School: University of North Texas

      UNAVCO Supervisor: Beth Bartel

      Project: Student Assistant in GeoOutreach Video and Media

      A little bit about me

      Bobby Nash is currently completing his undergraduate degree at the University of North Texas where he studies documentary production and biology. His participation in the UNAVCO Student Internship Program (USIP) allowed him to practice science communication in a field well outside the scope of his own academic experience, an invaluable exercise in translating complex concepts into easily digestible material. Over the course of the summer, Bobby worked on several video projects. He produced a short video for UNAVCO’s Geoscience Career Spotlight series featuring UNAVCO polar field engineer Annie Zaino, with the goal of reaching geoscience undergrads with the stories of professional role models representing both diversity and non-academic career paths in the geosciences. He also created a video highlighting the capabilities and applications of the terrestrial laser scanning (TLS) equipment and data services offered by UNAVCO, intended to reach scientists considering utilizing the TLS for their own research.

    • Bradley Norman

      Bradley Norman

      Program: Geo-Launchpad

      School: Front Range Community College

      UNAVCO Project Mentors: Annie Zaino & Spencer Niebuhr

      Faculty Mentor: Mike Zawaski

      Project: Polar Applications of Geodetic Field Methods: A St. Mary's Glacier Case Study

      A little bit about me

      Bradley Norman is a geology major from Longmont, CO who found his passion for geoscience camping and hiking around the country, and watching Star Trek. As a Geo-Launchpad intern at UNAVCO Bradley gained field experience working with GPS equipment and supporting UNAVCO scientists performing research in Antarctica. His work over the summer included using GPS at St. Mary’s Glacier to measure snowpack to determine how the glacier is changing over time.

    • Alex Olsen-Mikitowicz

      Alex Olsen-Mikitowicz

      Program: Geo-Launchpad

      School: Front Range Community College

      UNAVCO Project Mentor: Marianne Okal

      Faculty Mentor: Patrick Shabram

      Project: Using Differential GPS to Determine Range Accuracy and Precision of Terrestrial Laser Scanners

      A little bit about me

      Alex Olsen-Mikitowicz is currently pursuing a degree in Watershed Science at Colorado State University. Alex recently separated from the U.S. Air Force where he developed a passion for service after participating in humanitarian aid missions. He plans to further this interest by focusing his knowledge and talents on assisting third world communities facing water based challenges.

    • Alexandra Orrego

      Alexandra Orrego

      Program: RESESS

      School: Georgia State University

      Project: Broad Scale Patterns in Subalpine Fir Mortality Across the U.S. Rocky Mountains

      A little bit about me

      Growing up in the forested areas of North Georgia, Alexandra always maintained an appreciation for the Earth and its environment. During her first year as an undergraduate she realized that her love for the environment could become a career. Since solidifying her studies in Geoscience she is interested in technologies such as GIS, and applying these technologies to investigate changes in the environment that may have hazardous consequences to the Earth, ecology, and humans. She hopes to pursue a graduate degree in environmental engineering. This summer Alexandra analyzed spatial and temporal patterns of accelerating tree mortality rates in subalpine forests located in the Rocky Mountain eco region. Because observed trends of accelerating tree mortality have been identified all around the world, her results will help in forecasting the future of forest ecosystems globally. (See More)

    • Ayanna Reed

      Ayanna Reed

      Program: RESESS

      School: The City University of New York at Herbert H. Lehman College

      Project: Detecting and Measuring Land Subsidence in Houston-Galveston, Texas using Interferometric Synthetic Aperature Radar (InSAR) and Global Positioning System Data, 2012-2014

      A little bit about me

      Ayanna gained an appreciation for wildlife and environmental conservation when she saw her father free a seagull tangled in fishing line on a boat dock when she was a child. Her interest in the geosciences specifically, was sparked after her first earthquake experience during the 2011 M5.8 Virginia earthquake. This summer, Ayanna’s research focused on detecting and measuring land subsidence due to excessive groundwater pumping in the Houston-Galveston (HG) region of Texas using geodetic techniques such as radar interferometry (i.e. Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar (InSAR) and global positioning systems (GPS). Her work is a continuation of a prior study by Qu et al. 2015 on subsidence patterns in HG and aims to produce new time-series data from satellite and ground-based observations. The implications of this work will strengthen land subsidence monitoring systems in HG and broadly aid in the development of effective water resource management policies and strategies. (See More)

    • Jose Silvestre

      Jose Silvestre

      Program: RESESS

      School: University of Texas at San Antonio

      Project: Modeling Sediment Transport to the Ganga-Brahmaputra-Meghna Delta

      A little bit about me

      Jose Silvestre is currently a geoscience major at the University of Texas at San Antonio. His passion for the geosciences was sparked when his love for the outdoors led him to participate in a wild-cave tour. His interest in karst morphology led him to his current focus in fluvial geomorphology. For his RESESS project, Jose utilized modeling techniques to determine how India’s National River Linking Project will affect sediment transport to the Ganga-Brahmaputra-Meghna (GBM) Delta. Because suspended sediment deposition is crucial for the GBM to compensate for sea level rise, Jose’s results may have impacts on future policy making. (See More)

    • Kassidy Ulmer

      Kassidy Ulmer

      Program: RESESS

      School: Pennsylvania State University

      Project: Identifying Variations in Hydraulic Conductivity on the East River in Crested Butte, CO

      A little bit about me

      After experiencing the 2001 Nisqually earthquake, Kassidy became interested in natural hazards as well as the tectonic processes responsible for creating the mountains around her. She is majoring in geosciences at the Pennsylvania State University. Her RESESS research project consisted of identifying and quantifying variations in hydrology field data collection on the East River near Crested Butte, CO. The project provides a better picture of groundwater behavior and potential outcomes of groundwater contamination and floods. (See More)

    • Daniel Zietlow

      Daniel Zietlow

      Program: UNAVCO Student Internship Program (USIP)

      School: Post-graduate of the University of Colorado, Boulder

      UNAVCO Supervisor: Beth Bartel

      Project: Student Assistant in GeoOutreach Video and Media

      A little bit about me

      Daniel Zietlow is working at the interface of science and society, creatively communicating a range of scientific topics via photography, film, and writing to a broad audience. He developed a love of science, art, travel, and the outdoors, and pursed these diverse interests as an undergraduate majoring in physics and art history at Rollins College. After graduating, Daniel entered a doctoral program in geophysics at the University of Colorado at Boulder, where he specialized in seismology. His work took him across the globe, from his backyard in the Rocky Mountains to the South Island of New Zealand to the Himalaya of Nepal. During his time at CU, Daniel pursued science communication through film and photography, and after completing his Ph.D. was drawn to UNAVCO as an environment in which to hone these skills. While here, Daniel worked on a number of film endeavors. One project focused on the web services offered by UNAVCO for community access to GPS, SAR, and borehole data. He also produced videos featuring scientist Alejandro Soto and science communicator Laura Snider as a part of UNAVCO’s Geoscience Career Spotlight series, aimed towards informing intro-level undergraduates of possible non-academic geoscience careers.

    • Molly Anderson

      Molly Anderson

      Program: RESESS

      School: Boise State University

      Project: Using remote sensing techniques to assess the geologic context of olivine-bearing materials within Terra Sirenum, Mars

      A little bit about me

      Growing up in the Southern Snake River Plain, the footprint of the Yellowstone supervolcano, Molly’s interest in volcanology was piqued by the presence of grandiose outcrops of volcanic deposits as close by as her backyard. As an undergraduate Geology and English Writing student at Boise State University, Molly spends her time studying local rocks with her family and her two rescued geo-dogs. This summer, Molly used remote sensing techniques to map and assess the rock-forming mineral olivine in the surface materials of the Terra Sirenum region on Mars. The presence of olivine provides an insight into the magmatic and geomorphologic processes that have created the Martian surface we see today. Thus, this project contributes to the overall conceptual understanding of the surficial workings of the Southern Highlands as they relate to the geologic history of planet Mars. (See More)

    • Andrew Bayles

      Andrew Bayles

      Program: UNAVCO Student Internship Program (USIP)

      School: Utah State University

      UNAVCO Supervisor: Beth Bartel

      Project: Student Assistant in GeoOutreach Video and Media

      A little bit about me

      Andrew Bayles recently received his B.S. degree in Geoscience with a minor in Art from Utah State University in Logan, Utah. He spent the summer with UNAVCO working on a video series that spotlights different careers in geoscience. He gained valuable experiences while working on this project and meeting/interviewing local geoscientists. UNAVCO offers many opportunities for interns to work on unique projects, learn, and grow in a fun, supportive environment. Andy is very grateful to take part of it. He also loved spending the summer in beautiful Boulder with his wife and one-year-old daughter.

    • Crystal Burgess

      Crystal Burgess

      Program: RESESS

      School: Alfred University

      Project: Detection of Diagenesis in Paleosol Carbonate Nodules Using Optical and Cathodoluminescence Microscopy

      A little bit about me

      Crystal grew up in New York City, New York. Her passion in geoscience began on a class camping trip in the 7th grade, where learning how flint can be used to start a fire sparked her interest in rocks and their applications. Since then she has focused her interests on soil science and hydrology. She hopes to contribute to these fields by filling in gaps and challenging discrepancies in existing research. For her RESESS project, Crystal is examining whether carbonates in fossilized soils from the Meade Basin, Kansas, have been chemically altered after original soil formation. Because these carbonates hold clues about past environmental conditions, her results will be combined with other data to help interpret environmental impacts on the evolution of rodents in the region. (See More)

    • Enrique Chon

      Enrique Chon

      Program: RESESS

      School: University of Arizona

      Project: Spatial and Temporal Analysis of Soil Moisture Observations from the Russian River Basin

      A little bit about me

      Born and raised in southeast Arizona, Enrique’s familiarity with the Basin and Range Province became useful as he turned to study geology. He is ultimately interested in using physics to describe and understand Earth’s natural processes. These interests include large-scale structural geology, tectonics, and other hazard-related phenomena. This summer he worked with the NOAA Earth Systems Laboratory to study soil moisture observations from the Russian River basin, northern CA. His work will contribute to a better understanding of using soil moisture measurements to simulate streamflow and runoff values. This information is key in predicting flood events that commonly affect the area. (See More)

    • Dana Downs

      Dana Downs

      Program: Geo-Launchpad

      School: Austin Community College

      UNAVCO Project Mentor: Marianne Okal

      Faculty Mentor: Peter Wehner

      Project: Range and precision accuracy of Terrestrial Laser Scanners

      A little bit about me

      Dana has long loved both science and art and found the perfect balance of the two in geology. Her previous social science background and her experiences as a lab assistant and geology club president at Austin Community College have inspired her to work toward becoming a professor at a two-year institution. She will continue that journey this fall at the University of Texas in Austin.

    • Stacy Hendricks

      Stacy Hendricks

      Program: RESESS

      School: Rocky Mountain College

      Project: Assessing aspect control on adjacent weathering hillslopes using seismic anisotropy velocity models within the Boulder Creek Critical Zone Observatory, Colorado

      A little bit about me

      Growing up in Western Nebraska, Stacy has been interested in the Earth and how it really works from a very young age. With the help of some very enthusiastic teachers throughout the years, she had learned to embrace her burning questions about the Earth and its processes. She is a student at Rocky Mountain College in Montana, where she is completing her Bachelor of Science in Geology with particular interest in hydrology and climate change. This summer she had the opportunity to work along side Dr. Kamini Singha, associate professor in hydrology, and graduate student Aaron Bandler from the Colorado School of Mines. The project included assessing aspect control on weathering bedrock, in the Boulder Creek Critical Zone, by using seismic anisotropy velocity models to determine fracture orientation on adjacent hillslopes. (See More)

    • Alexis Ho-Liu

      Alexis Ho-Liu

      Program: Geo-Launchpad

      School: Syracuse University

      UNAVCO Project Mentors: Annie Zaino & Spencer Niebuhr

      Faculty Mentor: Linda Ivany

      Project: Applications and utilization of UNAVCO GPS equipment for Polar research support

      A little bit about me

      Alexis’ devotion to community service has taken him all over the world, where his multicultural background as an Asian Hispanic born and raised in Puerto Rico has helped him connect with people everywhere he works. This passion for community service led him to study geography and geoscience at Syracuse University with an interest in teaching and using geospatial analysis to identify and assess natural hazards and needs around the globe.

    • Nicole Ingraham

      Nicole Ingraham

      Program: Geo-Launchpad

      School: El Paso Community College

      UNAVCO Project Mentors: Annie Zaino & Spencer Niebuhr

      Faculty Mentors: Joshua Villalobos and Debra Caskey

      Project: Applications and utilization of UNAVCO GPS equipment for Polar research support

      A little bit about me

      Nicole is a geology major from El Paso, Texas, who plans on transferring to a university once she completes her associate's degree at El Paso Community College. She is passionate about Earth science and enjoys spending time outdoors hiking, swimming, climbing, and collecting rocks.

    • Sarah Kittross

      Sarah Kittross

      Program: UNAVCO Student Internship Program (USIP)

      School: Union College

      UNAVCO Supervisor: Linda Rowan

      Project: Student Assistant in GeoOutreach Video and Media

      A little bit about me

      Sarah grew up in the beautiful Green Mountains of Vermont, the perfect environment to develop her love for the outdoors and capturing it through photography and film. She studies both of those interests as a senior geology major and film studies minor at Union College in upstate New York. She is currently completing a senior thesis project on the geochronology of very old volcanic deposits on the Caribbean island of Dominica. Sarah was drawn to UNAVCO where she could leverage her dual interests by creating dynamic videos about UNAVCO and geodesy for the public and the community. She is also exploring the history of the facility and hoping to make it more accessible to people on the UNAVCO website.

    • Carson MacPherson-Krutsky

      Carson MacPherson-Krutsky

      Program: UNAVCO Student Internship Program (USIP)

      School: University of Montana

      UNAVCO Supervisor: Aisha Morris

      Project: Student Assistant in Geo-Workforce Development

      A little bit about me

      Carson is pursuing a master’s degree at the University of Montana with a focus on natural hazards and science communication. Her background in geology and passion for connecting with others led her to UNAVCO where she spent the summer with the Education and Community Engagement group creating a video highlighting geoscience career paths and expanding interest in geodesy.

    • Austin Madson

      Austin Madson

      Program: UNAVCO Student Internship Program (USIP)

      School: University of California, Los Angeles

      UNAVCO Supervisor: Beth Pratt-Sitaula

      Project: Student Assistant in Geodetic Data for Undergraduate Education

      A little bit about me

      Austin is currently wrapping up his master's work at the University of California - Los Angeles in the Department of Geography. He will continue research while working on the PhD in the same department. His current research is focused on crustal loading and lithospheric flexure utilizing remotely sensed datasets, with more broad interests in varying types of hydrologic remote sensing, RADAR remote sensing technologies (PolSAR and DInSAR), real world applications in the use of Remote Sensing (RS) and GIS, integration of RS and GIS technologies and coupled human/environ systems. During the past two summers at UNAVCO, Austin focused on processing varying types of datasets (GPS, LiDAR, DInSAR, GRACE, SWE, and groundwater) in order to create products that will be implemented into undergraduate learning modules for the Geodesy Tools for Societal Issues (GETSI) project. The goal for the project is to develop teaching materials for engaging undergraduate students in addressing societally important Earth science questions through the use of geodetic data.

    • Deanna Metivier

      Deanna Metivier

      Program: RESESS

      School: North Carolina State University

      Project: Understanding the Use of Climate Information in State Wildlife Action Plans

      A little bit about me

      Deanna’s curiosity and love for the outdoors in North Carolina led her to study Geology and Natural Resources at NC State University. After attending the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Peru in December of 2014, she became interested in the bridge between science and policy, and began to focus on bigger picture climate science. As a RESESS intern at NOAA, she is gaining even more understanding on communicating climate science to policy makers and public land managers. (See More)

    • Garth Ornelas

      Garth Ornelas

      Program: RESESS

      School: Southwestern University

      Project: Updating tree ring width chronologies of Engelmann Spruce in subalpine forests of Colorado's Front Range

      A little bit about me

      Garth is a recent graduate from Southwestern University in Georgetown Texas with a degree in physics. Upon seeing the detrimental effects of forest fires close to the Austin and Boulder areas, he has discovered an interest in the study of fire dynamics, especially in close proximity to domesticated areas. He will be entering a master's program in fire protection engineering at California Polytechnic State University in the fall. (See More)

    • Ann Marie Prue

      Ann Marie Prue

      Program: RESESS

      School: University of Wisconsin, River Falls

      Project: A re-analysis of the Late Cretaceous flora of the Two Medicine Formation in Montana using Digital Leaf Physiognomy

      A little bit about me

      Ann Marie is a second-year intern who recently received her B.S. degree in Geology from University of Wisconsin-River Falls. She will be attending Texas State University in the fall for her M.S. degree in paleobotany. Ann Marie has been interested in rocks and plants since a visit with her family to the Wisconsin Dells when she was four. Her dream is to become a professor of geology to help educate the next generation of geoscientists. For her second RESESS summer, Ann Marie was able to take on a project that combines her to passions of rocks and plants. Her project looked at climate predicting plant features in dinosaur-aged leaves from the Two Medicine Formation in Montana. Through this project, she learned that leaves with toothed edges are most commonly found in cooler climates; where as smooth edges are usually found in tropical climates. These features were used to estimate the temperature for the Two Medicine Formation as possibly ~ 70°F. (See More)

    • Anny Sainvil

      Anny Sainvil

      Program: RESESS

      School: Smith College

      Project: Using the Self-Potential method to analyze the temporal and spatial variation of shallow groundwater flow through meadows within the Boulder Creek Critical Zone Observatory in Boulder, Colorado

      A little bit about me

      Anny is a geoscience major at Smith College in Northampton, MA. Her love for geology sparked after spending most of her summers exploring the mountainous landscape of New England and even having the opportunity to adventure to the glaciers of the Northern Cascades. Anny is particularly interested in reconstructing paleoclimates using sedimentology. This summer, Anny used the geophysical self-potential method to analyze the spatial and temporal patterns of groundwater flow in the Upper Gordon Gulch Watershed at the Boulder Creek. (See More)

    • Scott Brandt

      Scott Brandt

      Program: RESESS

      School: Union College

      Project: Measuring apatite chemistry: Potential implications for apatite (U-Th)/He geochronology

      A little bit about me

      Raised in St. Thomas, U.S.V.I. Brandt spent his childhood exploring and admiring the tropical environment around him. It was these island experiences that sparked his curiosity and admiration for the Earth and its natural processes. Brandt currently attends Union College in New York, where he is completing his Bachelor of Science in Geology with interests in pursuing a Master’s degree in petroleum geology. This summer Brandt worked on measuring apatite chemistry and its potential implications for (U-Th)/He dating. (See More)

    • Katherine Shervais

      Katherine Shervais

      Program: UNAVCO Student Internship Program (USIP)

      School: Colorado State University

      UNAVCO Supervisor: Shelley Olds

      Project: Student Assistant in Field Education

      A little bit about me

      Kate just completed her master’s degree in Geoscience at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado. Prior to attending Colorado State, she received her bachelor’s degree in Earth and Environmental Science at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut. Her research is focused on investigating fault geometry evolution by studying evidence of ancient earthquakes using Structure from Motion, terrestrial laser scanning, and RTK GPS. At UNAVCO this summer, Kate is compiling and creating curriculum materials for a terrestrial laser scanning field education module. Over the course of the multi-day module, students will learn to operate a TLS instrument, analyze the deposition history of a stratigraphic section, conduct hillslope diffusion analysis of a fault scarp, and quantify the change in a geomorphic (fluvial or landslide, for example) system over time.

    • Jessica Whiteaker

      Jessica Whiteaker

      Program: Geo-Launchpad (GLP)

      School: Waubonsse Community College

      UNAVCO Project Mentor: Marianne Okal

      Faculty Mentor: Erin Menig

      Project: Range and precision accuracy of Terrestrial Laser Scanners

      A little bit about me

      Jessica is a geology major at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. She became interested in geology from her grandfather's love of the Earth and from collecting rocks together. Her current interests are geophysics and seismology.

  • Years: 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001, 2000, 1999, 1998

    Name Project School Attended
    Internship or
    Student Assistant Type

    2014

    Kathleen Alexander Student Assistant in Geodetic Curricular Materials for K-12 Teachers The College of New Jersey UNAVCO
    Ashlyann Arana Morales A detailed study of landslide and debris flow source areas Universtiy of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez RESESS
    Amy Asanuma Mechanisms of flash-flood generation in a gullied high-plains grassland: evidence for partial contributing area runoff University of Idaho RESESS
    Brian Chung A non-parametric approach to infer slopes from short time-series with seasonal fluctuation: Application to GPS time-series Boston College RESESS
    Belinda Gonzalez Origin of Late Cretaceous, continental interior, volcanism in the Rocky Mountain region University of Texas at El Paso RESESS
    Matthew Lancaster Data Technician Portland State University UNAVCO
    Austin Madson Student Assistant in Geodetic Data for Undergraduate Education University of California, Los Angeles UNAVCO
    Garth Ornelas Measuring glacial velocities on the Academy of Sciences Ice Cap, Russian High Arctic, with high-resolution satellite images Southwestern University RESESS
    Matthew Peters Student Data Technician Colorado School of Mines UNAVCO
    Ann Marie Prue Quantifying the effects of temperature and precipitation on soil moisture drydown rates using PBO H2O data University of Wisconsin, River Falls RESESS
    Diana Rattanasith Characterization study of monazite from Big Thompson Canyon, northern Colorado with implications for geochronology and timing of Proterozoic tectonic processes University of California, Santa Cruz RESESS
    Jacqueline Romero Using electrical resistivity imaging to examine soil moisture and tree transpiration interactions Southern Methodist University RESESS
    Joshua Russell 2003 Soufrière Hills Volcano dome collapse: Using GPS signal to noise ratio to detect and analyze the volcanic plume University of Missouri RESESS
    Holly Taylor Student Assistant in Communications and Outreach Cornell University UNAVCO
    Wesley Weisberg Thermochronology of the McClure Mountain Syenite: Characterization of new He thermochronometers and constraints on the cooling history of the Wet Mountains, Colorado Missouri State University RESESS

    2013

    Amy Asanuma Hydrology of flash floods on the Colorado High Plains Universtiy of Idaho RESESS
    Shawn Carr Student Assistant in TLS and GPS Education University of Northern Colorado UNAVCO
    Kayla Christian Developing forensic tools to discriminate water quality impairment due to hydraulic fracturing from other contamination sources Syracuse University RESESS
    Brian Chung Prehistoric and modern stress evolution and seismicity in central Idaho in relation to the 1983 Borah Peak earthquake Boston College RESESS
    Thomas Dickson-Hunt Student Assistant in Software Development Colorado State University UNAVCO
    Mark Greathouse Student Assistant in Engineering Colorado School of Mines UNAVCO
    Bethany Johnson Student Assistant in Accounting Brigham Young University UNAVCO
    Anneka Kumli Student Assistant in Human Resources Stanford University UNAVCO
    Amanda Labrado Dissolved organic matter and controls over mercury methylation University of Texas, El Paso RESESS
    Isabella Lee The microbiology of well water along the front range: characterization of naturally occurring and hydraulic fracturing induced methane University of Maryland RESESS
    France-Julianna Maria Leiva Student Assistant in Engineering UC Berkeley UNAVCO
    Nathan Mathabane Geomorphic change and hazard potential from landslides in a tectonically active landscape: Integrated investigations using InSAR, LiDAR, air photos, and ground-based studies University of Oregon RESESS
    Rachel Medina Analyzing GPS data for implications of vertical deformation and ash plume detection: Soufrìere Hills Volcano on Montserrat Fort Lewis College RESESS
    Gina Oliver Teleseismic delay times in the southern Sierra Nevada in an S-fast/S-slow coordinate system California State University, Long Beach RESESS
    Garth Ornelas Centrifuge modeling of water infiltration and drainage in unsaturated silt layers Southwestern University RESESS
    Diana Rattanasith Development of seismic anisotropy in lower crustal shear zones: an example from exhumed deep crust in southwestern Montana University of California, Santa Cruz RESESS
    Holly Taylor Student Assistant in InSAR Education Cornell University UNAVCO
    Isabel Villaneda-van Vloten Assessment of compaction in the Niobrara Formation, NE Colorado Wichita State University RESESS

    2012

    Jordan Allen Identifying high concentration areas of fecal coliform in Bayou Terrebonne, Louisiana: Measurements and a community's perspective Savannah State University RESESS
    Angel Torrens Bonano Shallow subsurface conductivity survey of Betasso Watershed, Colorado University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez RESESS
    Melissa Carnicle The evolution of ash and soil properties in a burned area, 2010 Fourmile Canyon wildfire near Boulder, Colorado University of Minnesota Morris RESESS
    Cristina M. Lugo Centeno A search for apatite and zircon in the rocks of the Marlborough Fault System, South Island, New Zealand University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez RESESS
    Christine Chesley Strain rate analysis of Central America from GPS velocity fields University of Miami RESESS
    Kayla Christian An analysis of methods for measuring aqueous iron redox species University of Miami RESESS
    Yanet Cuddus Use of Terrestrial Laser Scanning to characterize rock glacier surface morphology and deformation, Handcart Gulch, Colorado University of Houston RESESS
    Michael Fend Student Assistant in Engineering University of Colorado, Boulder UNAVCO
    Mark Greathouse Student Assistant in Engineering Colorado School of Mines UNAVCO
    Ashley Grijalva Lateral Pn velocity and crustal thickness variations along six transects through the mid-continental United States University of Texas, El Paso RESESS
    Calvin Johnson Crustal structure of the Eastern United States from regional network recordings of wide angle Moho reflections Fort Valley State University RESESS
    Jenna Lente Yellowstone Lake seiche: Investigating the causes and implications regarding the caldera Colorado School of Mines RESESS
    Nathan Mathabane Carbon stocks and sequestration in forests: How much do we know? Princeton University RESESS
    Rachel Medina An analysis of GPS and remote sensing data of Soufrière Hills Volcano, Montserrat, during the July 2003 dome collapse: Implications for detection of ash plumes and vertical deformation Fort Lewis College RESESS
    Ashlyann Arana Morales Controls on landslides in a low relief topography, New Jersey University fo Puerto Rico, Mayaguez RESESS
    Jenny Nakai Using the US Array seismic data to study earthquakes of the Rio Grande Rift Colorado School of Mines RESESS
    Habib Bravo Ruiz Biogeochemical evaluation of diel cycles in a spring-fed travertine depositing stream in Clark County, Virginia University fo Puerto Rico, Mayaguez RESESS
    Breanna A. Skeets Water sources for trees growing on bedrock outcrops Lawrence University RESESS
    David Page Student Assistant in System Administration University of Colorado, Boulder UNAVCO
    Isabel Villaneda van Vloten Fluid injection and induced seismicity: Two Ohio case studies Wichita State University RESESS

    2011

    Jordan Allen 100 year record of glacier retreat in North America Savannah State University RESESS
    Melissa Carnicle The hydrologic impact of antecedent soil moisture and straw mulch on a burned area, Fourmile Canyon Wildfire near Boulder, Colorado. University of Minnesota Morris RESESS
    Theresa Carranza-Fulmer An introduction to inner magnetosphere plasma composition changes during solar cycle 23 University of Michigan RESESS
    Christine Chesley Great Nankai Earthquake triggers Mt. Fuji Eruption: Stress change model of the 1707 Hoei Earthquake as a scenario of eruption promotion The University of Miami RESESS
    Ashley Grijalva Slip rate of the Northern San Jacinto and Southern San Andreas Faults from GPS measurements University of Texas at El Paso RESESS
    Calvin Johnson Delineation of aquifer heterogeneities using Transient Electromagnetic Soundings in the Great Sand Dunes National Park Fort Valley State University RESESS
    Jenna Lente Measurements of possible seiches in Lake Yellowstone Colorado School of Mines RESESS
    Cristina M. Lugo-Centeno The Snowmastodon Site: Investigation of the Yellow Brick Road University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez RESESS
    Luis Montalvo-Lliteras Evaluation of drilling events in the Haynesville and Bossier Shale, Magnolia, NW Louisiana University fo Puerto Rico at Mayaguez RESESS
    Alex Mayorga Student Assistant in Data Management University of Colorado, Denver UNAVCO
    Britton Mosley Jr. Factors controlling infiltration rates in a semi-arid landscape Jackson State University RESESS
    Flora Quinby Student Volunteer in Data Management   UNAVCO
    Cassandra Shenefelt Student Assistant in Student Services Colorado School of Mines UNAVCO
    Breanna A. Skeets Transpiration source water and geomorphological potential of root growth in the Boulder Creek CZO, Colorado Lawrence University RESESS
    Angel Torrens-Bonano GPS Site Velocities in the San Bernardino Mountains University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez RESESS
    Crystal Yelverton Is climate change affecting tropical cyclone activity? Elizabeth City State University RESESS

    2010

    John Braswell Rainfall, overland flow, and gully erosion at Bijou Creek, Colorado University of Michigan RESESS
    Habib Bravo-Ruiz Influence of lithology, proximity to fault rupture and ground motion on the distribution of landslides generated by the May 12, 2008 Mw7.9 China Earthquake University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez RESESS
    Theresa Carranza Analysis of three real-time Geomagnetic Storm Indices The City College of New York RESESS
    Olamide Dada Preliminary Analysis of a High-resolution seismic profile acquired near Marianna, Arkansas, for earthquake hazard assessment University of Oklahoma RESESS
    Andrew Lopez A comparison of regional 3-D subduction models in the western pacific to subduction models from slab 1.0 University of Texas, El Paso RESESS
    Fernando Martinez-Torrez Improving slab 1.0 subduction zone models using reginal constraints from the eastern pacific University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez RESESS
    Gabriel Mattei Structional modeling of fault zones in western Puerto Rico University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez RESESS
    Alex Mayorga Student Assistant in Data Management University of Colorado, Denver UNAVCO
    Luis Montalvo Diagenetic History of the Ellenburger Group pin the Fort Worth Basin, Texas University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez RESESS
    Diana Prado-Garzon Zircons from the middle proterozoic (CA. 1.81 Ga) sudbury impact structure, Ontario, Canada University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez RESESS
    Arlenys Ramirez Topographic influence on the distribution of landslide triggered by the 2008 Wenchuan Earthquake, China University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez RESESS

    2009

    John Braswell Understanding past conditions of early Earth using trace metals in sulfide minerals University of Michigan RESESS
    Katherine Fornash Geochemical evidence for flat-slab subduction in Cenozoic western North America University of Arizona RESESS
    Stephen Hernandez Shear wave splitting analysis from newly-installed seismic stations in Antarctica University of Texas, El Paso RESESS
    Fernando Martinez-Torrez A study of gully erosion dynamics and processes at Bijou Creek, Colorado, using laser scanning and aerial photography University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez RESESS
    Alex Mayorga Student Assistant in Data Management University of Colorado, Denver UNAVCO
    Elvin Mujcin Student Assistant in Data Management University of Colorado, Boulder UNAVCO

    2008

    Cynthia Boshell Uplift, subsidence, or systematic error? Measuring elevation in the Longmont-Denver corridor University of Colorado, Boulder RESESS
    Kimberly Cabbagestalk Student Assistant in Data Management University of Colorado, Boulder UNAVCO
    Isaiah Corley Modeling rainfall thresholds for landslide analysis North Carolina A&T University RESESS
    Emanuelle Feliciano-Bonilla Terrestrial laser scanning study of gully erosion at West Bijou Creek, Arapahoe County, Colorado: An investigation on field acquisition and data processing University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez RESESS
    Katherine Fornash Reassessing spatial, temporal, and compositional trends in western North American magmatism using NAVDAT University of Arizona RESESS
    Miriam Garcia Mogi model application on Grimsvotn Volcano, Iceland: continuous GPS data (2004-2008) New Mexico Institute of Mining & Technology RESESS
    Stephen Hernandez Lineament analysis for the McMurdo Dry Valleys region, Antarctica University of Texas, El Paso RESESS
    Travis Kelsay Student Assistant University of Colorado, Boulder UNAVCO
    Alex Mayorga Student Assistant in Data Management University of Colorado, Denver UNAVCO
    Ezar Patlan Drilling Induced Fracture (DIF) characterization and stress pattern analysis of the Southern McMurdo Sound (SMS) Core, Victoria Land Basin, Antarctica University of Texas, El Paso RESESS
    Yexary Rodriquez Probabilistic analysis of rainfall thresholds for Western Oregon Syracuse University RESESS
    Lennox Thompson Seismic investigation of the Southern Rio Grande Rift University of Texas, El Paso RESESS
    Carol Webber Student Field Assistant Central Washington University UNAVCO
    Lauren Wenner Student Assistant University of Colorado, Boulder UNAVCO

    2007

    Austin Baldwin Student Field Engineer University of Texas, Austin UNAVCO
    Cynthia Boshell Plate kinematics and mechanisms: A perspective on the 20 April 2006 M7.6 Koryakia, Russia earthquake Humbolt State University RESESS
    Kimberly Cabbagestalk Student Assistant in Data Management University of Colorado, Boulder UNAVCO
    Emanuelle Feliciano-Bonilla Historical seismicity of the northeastern region of Russia: A perspective on the M7.6 earthquake at Koryakia, Russia University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez RESESS
    David Finn Student Field Assistant, Northern California University of Montana UNAVCO
    Katherine Fornash Trends in plant-insect interactions in the Cenozoic University of Arizona RESESS
    Miriam Garcia Field methods in volcanology: USGS Hawaiin Volcano Observatory (HVO), Center for the Study of Active Volcanoes (CSAV) University of Texas, El Paso RESESS
    Sarah Gasparich Student Field Engineer Whitman College UNAVCO
    Justin Gunn Student Field Assistant Occidental College UNAVCO
    Travis Kelsay Student Assistant University of Colorado, Boulder UNAVCO
    Ally Marzulla Student Field Assistant Nederland High School UNAVCO
    Ezar Patlan Development of a power and communication system for remote automomous GPS and seismic stations in Antarctica University of Texas, El Paso RESESS
    Omar Perez Student Field Assistant University of Puerto Rico Mayaguez UNAVCO
    Thomas Pray Student Field Assistant, Northern California Princeton University UNAVCO
    Emily Seider Student Field Assistant Whitman College UNAVCO
    Phillip Stoker Student Field Assistant Universtiy of Redlands, CA UNAVCO
    Lennox Thompson Displacement modeling of a volcanic magma chamber Coppin State University RESESS

    2006

    Rich Beaudoin Student Assistant in Data Management University of Colorado, Boulder UNAVCO
    Kimberly Cabbagestalk Student Assistant in Data Management University of Colorado, Boulder UNAVCO
    Grant Farmer Student Assistant in Digital Campaign Document Management Georgia Institute of Technology UNAVCO
    Miriam Garcia Modeling of vertical deformation associated with the 1931 Mach earthquake, Pakistan University of Texas, El Paso RESESS
    Liberty Hamilton Student Assistant in Data Management Scripps College UNAVCO
    Stephen Hernandez Continental breakup on the East African Rift University of Texas, El Paso RESESS
    Lennox Thompson A new approach to Global Positioning System (GPS) multipath visualization University of Baltimore RESESS

    2005

    Rich Beaudoin Student Assistant in Data Management University of Colorado, Boulder UNAVCO
    Kimberly Cabbagestalk Student Assistant in Data Management University of Colorado, Boulder UNAVCO
    Tim Dittman Student Field Assistant Princeton University UNAVCO
    Beth Duschatko Student Field Assistant Northern Arizona University UNAVCO
    Liberty Hamilton Student Assistant in Data Management Scripps College UNAVCO
    Stephen Hernandez Characterizing multipath sources at seismic frequencies: a case study for the Parkfield GPS array University of Texas, El Paso RESESS
    Richard Pagel Student Field Assistant University of Texas at Austin UNAVCO
    Laura Smith Student Field Assistant Princeton University UNAVCO
    Sarah Venator Student Field Assistant Central Washington University UNAVCO

    2004

    Kimberly Cabbagestalk Student Assistant in Data Management University of Colorado, Boulder UNAVCO
    Liberty Hamilton Student Assistant in Data Management Scripps College UNAVCO
    Andrew Wahr Student Assistant in Data Services Purdue University UNAVCO

    2003

    Kimberly Cabbagestalk Student Assistant in Data Management University of Colorado, Boulder UNAVCO
    Carolyn Cavanaugh Student Assistant in Data Management University of Colorado, Boulder UNAVCO
    Liberty Hamilton Student Assistant in Data Management Scripps College UNAVCO
    Trevor Stone Student Assistant in Map Tool Software Development University of Colorado, Boulder UNAVCO

    2002

    Carolyn Cavanaugh Student Assistant in Data Management Boulder High School & University of Colorado, Boulder UNAVCO
    Liberty Hamilton Student Assistant in Data Management Boulder High School & Scripps College UNAVCO
    Trevor Stone Student Assistant in Map Tool Software Development University of Colorado, Boulder UNAVCO

    2001

    Carolyn Cavanaugh Student Assistant in Data Management Boulder High School UNAVCO
    Liberty Hamilton Student Assistant in Data Management Boulder High School UNAVCO

    2000

    Carolyn Cavanaugh Student Assistant in Data Management Boulder High School UNAVCO

    1999

    Carolyn Cavanaugh Student Assistant in Data Management Boulder High School UNAVCO

    1998

    Carolyn Cavanaugh Student Assistant in Data Management Boulder High School UNAVCO

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