Students

Tim BerggrenTim Berggren

I am a first-year Master's student with a B.S. in Environmental Policy and Management from the University of Redlands. Before starting at the University of Utah, I spent over a year working as an associate planner for a non-profit. My research is focused on using imaging spectroscopy to examine the impacts of drought on vegetation in the Sierra Nevada. When I am not at the URSA lab, I enjoy rock climbing, backcountry skiing, mountaineering, mountain biking, trail running, and playing soccer.

Mickey CampbellMickey Campbell

I am a second year PhD student in the URSA lab as of Fall, 2015. Before starting at the University of Utah, I spent two years working with the US Forest Service at the Remote Sensing Applications Center where I focused on vegetation mapping throughout the Intermountain West. Prior to that I received my M.S in Natural Resources from the University of New Hampshire and a B.A. in Geography from SUNY Geneseo. My PhD research is focusing on the use of GIS and remote sensing in wildland firefighter safety zone mapping. Outside of the academic realm, I spend as much time as possible enjoying Utah's many outdoor recreational opportunities.

Adam ClarkAdam Clark

I am a new Master's student in the URSA lab as of Fall 2015. I received a BA in Geography from the University of Utah in 2014 where I focused on GIS and Remote Sensing techniques. I currently work with the Forest Service at the Remote Sensing Applications Center. My Master's research will focus on vegetation mapping using Remote Sensing and GIS. When not in school or work I am with my wife climbing, hiking, and camping in the Rocky Mountains or sailing the Great Salt Lake.

Tim Edgar

Tim Edgar

I am a PhD student.  My current research projects integrate remote sensing, neural network modeling, and spatial statistics to analyze residential electrical power consumption.  One chapter of my dissertation focuses on the application of lidar height data to generate detailed, potential insolation maps.  These maps are compared with electrical billing data to assess the affects of shading on electrical power consumption.

I received my B.S. in Physical Geography from UC, Santa Barbara and my M.S. in Geography from the University of Utah.

Brent LloydBrent Lloyd

I am a PhD student. I have worked at White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico testing equipment for the Army and Air Force. I received my M.S. in Applied Geography from New Mexico State University. My research interests focus on using remote sensing techniques to identify land-cover changes due to immigration along the U.S.-Mexico border region. I enjoy rock hounding, hiking, and traveling. I am married with four kids.

Sandra MillerSandra Miller

As of Fall 2016, I am a new graduate student in the URSA lab. I completed my undergraduate degree in Environmental Science in 2014 at the University of Massachusetts. My interests lie in GIS, remote sensing, and spatial analysis. My experience includes work for the US Forest Service and military service. I have found GIS to be a great way to plan and analyze. Geographic tools are great for the curious and I seek to build competency and confidence, for both professional and personal pursuits.

Josh ReynoldsJosh Reynolds

I am currently a second year Master's student as of Fall 2015, however I am new to the URSA Lab. Additionally, I work in the DIGIT Lab. I earned my B.S. in Geography-GIS Concentration at the University of Wyoming. My research is focused on examining the relationship between Urban Tree Cover and Land Surface Temperature in the Salt Lake Valley. When I am not at the University, I'm usually hiking, playing basketball or lifting weights at the gym.

Erika WenrichErika Wenrich

I am a first-year Master's student from Richmond, Virginia. After receiving my Bachelor's in Geology from the College of William & Mary, I worked for a year there as a Research Fellow. I am excited to be a part of the University of Utah and will be working with Andrea Brunelle and Phil Dennison to study vegetation change in the Central Sierra Nevada of California. My research goals include understanding past vegetation change through pollen analysis and analyzing modern vegetation change, especially during the recent drought, via hyperspectral remote sensing. My hobbies include drinking copious amounts of pour-over coffee, watching satirical news, hiking, and skiing.