I am a Master’s student in the Department of Geography, and joined the River Research Group when I began my studies here in the fall of 2014. I became interested in fluvial geomorphology during my undergraduate studies at the College of William and Mary, where I graduated in 2014 with a B.S. in physical geography. I worked on two research projects at W&M, one of which involved assessing the impact of agricultural runoff on the Chesapeake Bay by using ArcGIS to examine flow accumulation through riparian buffers. In the second project, I used ArcGIS to examine which factors might be contributing to the recent disequilibrium observed in the Southern Appalachian Mountains.
My master’s research is titled “Comparing photogrammetric and spectral depth techniques in extracting bathymetric data from a gravel-bed river.” I am comparing remote sensing techniques in extracting information from shallow, clear rivers. My study site is a reach of the Salmon River, a tributary of the Sandy River to the west of Mt. Hood. During my field work, I used a UAV to take photos of the reach and an rtk-GPS to collect ground control point locations and cross-sections. I used Agisoft PhotoScan to create an orthophoto and DEM of the site, and will use these data to apply and compare photogrammetric and spectral depth approaches in extracting water depths.
I will graduate in June 2016 and will be an research intern for the Freshwater Trust beginning in July.