Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Monday, July 27, 2009


So it's not the best photo, but we swam with sea turtles... pretty fly

Friday, July 17, 2009

Turtle Soup

Just kidding; they're saving their adorable little lives

Redang Island, Malaysia

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

An Experience in Research for an Undergraduate

What have I gotten myself into this summer? Well, I'm sitting in a library at the headquarters site of the Horace J. Andrews Experimental Research Forest (HJA). HJA is currently home to NSF-LTER6, the sixth iteration of the National Science Foundation's Long Term Ecological Research project in the Pacific Northwest Cascades.

My understanding? "Here's a forest, cut down the trees, plant some more, clear the rivers, put wood in, test the soil, watch wood rot, count those bugs, do science, enjoy."

So what am I doing here? I'm a computer science major!
Apparently the Ecological Science world has been undergoing some technological upgrades over the past few years. I'll be working with shooting laser beams at trees from airplanes and studying forest fires.

Ok, only sort of.

LIDAR is a airplane mounted laser imaging device which maps the heights everything it hits in its 15cm resolution. So I've got a 3D map of the entire forest floor and canopy from laser beams. What comes of this? Only time will tell... bwahaha

Hopefully a senior thesis topic on imaging and analysis.

Of course, I've been taking lots of pictures. They're currently sitting on my hard drive waiting for me to peruse. I think I'm somewhere in Malaysia about a month ago at the moment. We'll see how quickly I catch up to the present.In the meantime, here's some shots of wood mapping in a river.