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Mapping the Rugosity of NH Forests with Lidar Data (2011-present)

As part of the state wide effort funded by the National Science Foundation's EPSCoR program  to quantify forest services, I am using ARCGiS software to produce maps of the Rugosity (standard deviation of tree height) of some of New Hampshire's experimental forests.  This information will be analyzed along with other data compiled from other airborne instruments, satellites, and ground measurements. This multidisciplinary research provides excellent opportunities for students to learn valuable skills and to experience how a huge scientific undertaking coordinated.

Saint Anselm College, Manchester, NH.

  • Atmospheric Buoyancy Wave Analysis of Lidar Data (2005 – present): Develop algorithms and write IDL code to analyze lidar data to study atmospheric buoyancy waves.
  • PHASERS On Campus Project Leader (September 1998 - 2005): Prototype Holographic Atmospheric Scanner for Environmental Remote Sensing (PHASERS) with NASA - GSFC: Responsible for the maintenance, operation, and upgrade of the Holographic Optical Telescope and Scanner (HOTS) lidar system. Specifically this includes development of hardware and software algorithms for data collection and  analysis.
  • Solar Irradiance Network: A site for the measurement of solar has been established and operated at Saint Anselm College with funding from NASA-Goddard Institute for Space Studies.
  • Lidar Data Analysis: Development and coding, in Matlab and Mathcad, of algorithms for analysis of lidar data from systems other than PHASERS.

Western Maryland College, Westminster, MD.

  • On Campus Project Leader (September 1995 - May 1998): Same description as at Saint Anselm College excluding the Solar Irradiance Network.

NASA-Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt MD

  • Mesoscale Atmospheric Branch, Laboratory for Atmospheres:
  • NASA-ASEE Summer Faculty Fellow (May. 1997 - Aug. 1997): Lidar research with the PHASERS system at WMC and at NASA-GSFC. The system was operated on a daily basis and atmospheric data was analyzed. Continual upgrades were made to the system, such as & computer system integration with Labview and daytime operation requirements.  Testing of new HOEs and development of a new source laser was also conducted at NASA-GSFC.
  • NASA-ASEE Summer Faculty Fellow (May. 1996 - Aug. 1996): Lidar research with the HOTS system at MC and a Scanning Raman Lidar system  deployed at NASA Wallops as part of the TARFOX program.

NASA-Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt MD

  • Photonics Branch: Laser Ranging and Altimetery Section.
National Research Council Postdoctoral Researcher (Nov. 1993 - Sept. 1994)
  • Gain Switched Ti: Sapphire
  • Responsibilities include the theoretical and bread-board design of a completely solid-state, compact, frequency-doubled Nd:YAG pumped, gain switched Ti:Sapphire laser.HOTS Lidar System
  • Responsible for the design, assembly, integration,and operation of a frequency doubled diode pumped Nd:YAG as the primary source laser for a Holographic Lidar system.
GSRP Research Associate (September 1990 - August 1993) SRS Project:
  • Responsibilities included theoretical modeling, bread-boarding, system analysis, and operation and maintenance of an Alexandrite pump laser.
  • Alexandrite Ring: Member of a team which constructed and analyzed an AO Q-switched, BRT tuned, injection seeded ring laser as a possible lidar source.Diamond Photoconductivity: Participated in the design and implements of tests for the measurements of the photoconductivity of diamond thin films in consideration of there use as possible UV detectors.

The Charles Stark Draper Laboratories, Cambridge, MA.

  • Student Intern (January 1985 and Summer 1985): Participated in the test and evaluation of guidance systems. Responsibilities included the generation of data reduction programs for the test and presenting overviews of the test concept to government and private industry personnel.
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