HERO: Human-Environment Regional Observatory

Rachel Shmookler

HERO Biographies

Andrew Caiazzo, Undergraduate '09

Research Interests:

My research interests lie in the field of land-cover change in general, and forest losses as a result of urbanization in particular. I have always been interested in forest ecosystems and through my time at Clark my interest has focused to forest losses. I am focused on the applications of remote sensing for land-change detection. This past year with the Massachusetts Forest Monitoring Program (MaFoMP) has been the greatest learning experience I have had while at school. I have been challenged in ways I never expected and have enjoyed every second of it. This past school year I have been working on a Senior Honors Thesis to quickly and accurately detect land-cover change through a new method of map updating. My research also seeks to conduct a cross-sensor analysis between Landsat and ASTER. I recently had the privilege of presenting my work at the 2009 annual meeting of the Association of American Geographers (AAG) in Las Vegas, Nevada. I will be graduating in May with a degree in Geography at which point I will begin my Masters’ in the GIScience 5th year program.

Personal:

Outside of school, work, music, and physical fitness are a major part of my life. I have played the guitar for the past seven years and work on increasing my skills whenever possible. I also enjoy any physical activity that allows me to spend time outside be it frisbee, bike riding through Worcester, a great round of golf, or just going for a relaxing walk.