Examples of student research, including fellowships and honors projects.
President Summer Research Symposium
Efficient Computations of Flooding Scenarios for the Coast of Maine
By: Corrine Alini '18
Mentor: Laura Toma & Eileen Johnson
Current methods to produce flood grids and flood hazard maps utilize a labor-intensive ArcGIS mapping platform that handles large data sets poorly and is slow to implement the NOAA protocol. This research produced more efficient modeling of flooding scenarios by algorithm development utilizing FZG and DEM LiDAR geospatial data sets to automate the NOAA protocol sequence computations. Provided as a free and open source, the algorithm provides a drastic reduction in time required for computation that will help direct coastline flooding mitigation and policy decisions by modeling flooding scenarios in a much more efficient manner.
The Natural Resources Council of Maine (ES Fellowship)
By: Hannah Berman '18
Mentor: Pete Didisheim, Natural Resources Council of Maine
As the leading environmental advocacy organization in the state, the Natural Resources Council of Maine tackles issues and initiates action on matters of climate and clean energy, healthy waters, forests and wildlife, state house and federal issues, and sustainable Maine programs. I worked on a diverse array of projects, including legislative initiatives, solar energy constituency mobilization, evaluating congressional contribution data, and drafting advocacy articles. A July NRCM press release and media conference focused on the analysis I conducted of over 192,000 comments submitted on behalf of the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument. These experiences gave me insight into how state and federal environmental policy can be crafted to sustainably manage and protect the environment.
Summer with Stantec Consulting
By: Aaron Rubin '19
Mentor: Eileen Johnson
Mentor: Stantec collects data, including environmental impacts on bats at proposed wind farms, in order to help clients address environmental regulations. I created interactive tables and graphs in R Studio to help give the public and our clients an easier way to apply the field data we collected. Besides working in the field, my main project involved using the Shiny package in R to turn years of Stantec's data and analyses into interactive web applications. The R Shiny program allowed me to condense the coding for Stantec's graphs and make data preparation and visualization easier. This will help Stantec to analyze trends in data at different wind farms in new ways. Some of the long-term goals of the project included making existing data on bat and bird fatalities at wind farms easily accessible to the public and the state of Maine, and making contributions to the field of bat biology by using Stantec's acoustic data to analyze patterns of white nose syndrome by state and region.
Anna Barnes: Protein Transition: Alternative Proteins and Policy Pathways to a More Sustainable Diet in the United States
Marina Henke: Alongside Despair: Signs of Life on the River des Peres
Jasmine Long: Ecotourism Experience of Elephant Riding: A Mixed-Method Analysis of Chinese and Western Tourist Participation in Thai Elephant Tourism
Miranda Miller: Becoming Brasília: The Evolution of a Gregarious Capital City
Tharun Vemulpalli: A New Refugee Crisis? Understanding the Drivers of Climate-Induced Migration through Tuvalu and Bangladesh
Lu Miao: Water funds as an effective conservation tool to China's nonpoint source pollution problem : lessons based on Latin American case studies
Elizabeth Brown: The effects on land use change on riparian environment, water quality, and society along the Kimana-Kikarangot River, Kenya
Bridgett McCoy: The price of carbon : politics and the equity of carbon taxes in the middle income countries of Mexico and South Africa