Morgen Burke received his Bachelor of Environmental Science at Brandon University in Brandon, Manitoba, Canada in the spring of 2014. Then, in 2016 he completed a Master of Science degree in the Geography Department at the University of North Dakota. He is now working on a PhD in the Department of Earth System Science and Policy. His interests are in using geospatial technologies, such as remote sensing and GIS, to study various aspects of biogeography and ecology. His master’s thesis focused on automating delineation of shelterbelts in Grand Forks County to better understand how the density dynamics of these trees has change over time in an agriculturally dominated landscape.
B.S., Conservation Biology, Brigham Young University
M.L.A., Landscape Architecture, Kansas State University
Ph.D., Earth System Science and Policy, University of North Dakota (anticipated 2014)
Eric’s research focuses on the application of ecological principles into human environments. Recent projects have been centered on facilitating community efforts to create natural play spaces to stimulate social capital and improve community health. Additional work has centered on stormwater master planning and using ecosystem services to mitigate urban stormwater. He was one of the first recipients of the Dangermond Fellowship, awarded by ESRI and the Landscape Architecture Foundation to adapt real-time stormwater models for use in watershed build-out development scenarios. His secondary interests include pedagogical research and ecological restoration. In his freetime Eric enjoys spending time outdoors with his family and friends.
B.S. Business – Concentration in Sustainable Enterprise Management – University of Phoenix 2011
M.S. Environmental Science – University of Saint Francis 2013
M.S. Earth System Science and Policy (2017-2018) Anticipated
Lance is interested in applying both field research and remote sensing techniques to study alpine glaciers in the Wind River Range of Wyoming. He is studying the influence of climate change on alpine glaciers by determining changes in various glacial characteristics including mass balance. He has previous experience working as a project manager in an environmental, health and safety consulting company. In addition, he has experience troubleshooting and maintaining C-130 aircraft and recycling chemical waste streams associated with flight operations. After completing the M.S. in Earth System Science and Policy he plans on completing his Ph.D. in ESSP.
B.S. Natural Resource Conservation- University of Idaho '13
M.S Earth System Science and Policy - University of North Dakota (anticipated '16)
Tim is interested in the relationship between large scale policy and scientific research. He has interned with the Army Corps of Engineers on Human impact monitoring, Fish and Wildlife on Environmental Education and Habitat management, and The National Park Service on Trail and urban use management. One of his passions is wildfire management and policy on federal land. His hobbies include trapping fur bearing animals, fishing, reading and backpacking. He applied to the ESSP program to learn about bridging the gap between politicians and the, 'boots on the ground'.
B.A. Psychology - West Chester University of Pennsylvania 2013
M.S. Earth System Science & Policy (Anticipated 2017)
Dan is interested in agriculture and pollination services. He is studying the relationships between managed honey bees and how land use change has impacted pollinator habitat in the Northern Great Plains. Using GIS and other modeling techniques, his thesis work aims to identify landscape and field level trends by quantifying pollinator habitat degradation caused by pesticides and other stressors. The ultimate goal is to provide recommendations that will create more sustainable relationships between beekeepers and landowners while optimizing pollination services.
B.S. Environmental Studies – Lomonosov Moscow State University 2014
M.S. Earth System Science and Policy – University of North Dakota (anticipated 2016)
Sergey is from Moscow, Russia, and he enjoyed learning geography and environment of such a big and diverse country as Russia during all his active life. In the Moscow State University Sergey was working on the dynamics of productivity of terrestrial ecosystems of the North Caucasus region because of climate change. After joining ESSP in 2014 Sergey started to work on the social network data mining for the 2013 Alberta flood case. Currently, Sergey has started researching floodwater mitigation potential of the Prairie Pothole Region for the Devils Lake case. Sergey’s research interests are hydrological modeling, climate change and remote sensing.
B.S., Wildlife Management, California State University - Humboldt
GIS Certification, California State University - Humboldt
M.S., Range and Wildlife Management, Sul Ross State University
Rebecca began working toward her doctorate in Earth System Science and Policy in August 2010. Through her previous experience in wildlife and range management, she has developed a keen interest in landscape ecology and changes and dynamics of rangeland ecosystems. This will aid in her Ph.D. work on understanding states and transitions of rangelands over different spatial scales. In her free time Rebecca enjoys hiking, bird watching, reading, and gaming.
B.A. Remote Sensing Information Engineering, Wuhan University
Ning Li has past experience with with image fusion and visual attention his undergraduate years in Wuhan University. Specifically, it is about saliency detection of satellite image objects based on Hadoop clusters. He began his master's in 2015 Fall. Currently, he is interested in the land use change effects and its relation with the bee pollination service of North Dakota, which is also related to the precipitation, wind and temperature factors.
Rebecca Maska received a B.S. in Biology from Rockford College in 2011. Her background
is in soil ecology and carbon sequestration, and spent part of her career at Thermo
Fisher Scientific as a Quality Assurance Specialist. She received a Research Experience
for Undergraduates appointment at the University of Georgia at Savannah River, and
has served as department, research, and laboratory assistant for two institutions.
Rebecca joined the Earth Systems Science & Policy team in 2013, and is pursuing a Master's degree. Her current interests lie in ecosystem function modeling with economic overlay to perpetuate sustainability education within the Architecture and Land Development disciplines.
B.S., Fisheries and Wildlife, and Zoology (double major), Michigan State University
M.S., Natural Resource Management, Sul Ross State University
Ph.D., Earth System Science and Policy, University of North Dakota (anticipated 2014)
Cherie New grew up in Ann Arbor, Michigan. After completing her bachelor's degrees, she worked as an office manager for a Michigan law firm. After a few years of office work, Cherie returned to school to pursue her master's degree with an emphasis in ecological modeling. Cherie joined UND's Earth System Science and Policy program in August 2010. It is her hope to continue working on ecological modeling and ecosystem services with a research company after graduating.
B.S. Conservation and Resource Management-University of Minnesota 2010
M.S. Earth System Science and Policy-University of North Dakota (anticipated 2016)
Stefano’s research interests include using GIS and remote sensing to study how land management and climate interact to influence ecological processes. Currently, he is researching how alterations to species composition on the Sheyenne National Grassland have resulted in a loss of cattle forage production, and for his thesis he will be examining the capabilities of multispectral vegetative indices to classify the effects of cattle grazing.
Rob Proulx received his B.S. degree in Agronomy from the University of Minnesota,
Crookston in 2006 and his M.S. degree in Agronomy/Agroecology from the University
of Minnesota, Twin Cities in 2008. His past research experiences have included investigations
of soybean physiology and canola production practices.
Rob has been serving as an agronomy lecturer at the University of Minnesota, Crookston since January 2009. His primary responsibilities in this role include teaching, academic advising, and providing leadership to the agronomy program. In 2012, he began his Ph.D. studies in Earth Systems Science and Policy at the University of North Dakota, where his current interests are in the feasibility of bioenergy production within the cropping systems of the Northern Great Plains
B.S. Natural Resource Engineering
M.S. Geographic Information System and Remote Sensing
Ph.D. Earth System Science and Policy
I am a PhD student at the Earth system science and Policy department. I am interested in spatial modeling. I have been working on several hydrology and sediment models since 2008. At UND, I am working on water quality model which is an important issue both for human and ecosystem. I also like to look at the climate change and evaluate its effects on the water quantity and quality in the future.
Seyed Mojtaba Shahabi
For my undergraduate studies, I chose “Civil Engineering-Surveying” program, which is an exciting with a tremendous amount of geometrical and mathematical modeling and analysis. I started my master’s program in 2007 in “Civil Engineering – Remote Sensing” at K.N. Toosi, University of Technology, Tehran, IRAN. During my graduate program, I conducted a research on the development of a spatial decision-support system to study informal settlements in Iranian cities using an integrated RS-GIS approach. All aspects of remote sensing and Geospatial Information Sciences interest me. In light of the motivation given by Prof. Zhang, I have started a PhD position in Earth System Science and Policy in 2016.
B.B.A in Economics and Business Administration, Shandong Normal University, 2011
M.B.A in Woosuk University
M.E.M in Earth System Science and Policy
Wenyu grew up in China and went to school in South Korea for graduate study. She is interested in sustainability in a community and is working on a project regarding sustainability on the UND campus. This project aims on promoting disposing surplus property of the departments, and looking for new methods to re-purpose the surplus items. She is looking forward to working on “sustainability” on a campus or community in China and finding out new ways to save resource and energy there.
B.Sc. in Forestry: Tribhuvan University, Nepal
M. S. Geography: South Dakota State University, USA
Ph.D. Earth System Science and Policy, UND
Saroj is interested in interdisciplinary work combining ecology, land use land cover, hydrology, remote sensing, and other fields of study to provide a landscape perspective of the earth system dynamic processes.
B.S. Remote sensing technology – Wuhan University, Hubei, China (2010-2014)
B.S. Geomatics –University of Waterloo, ON, Canada, (2010-2014)
M.S. Earth System Science and Policy – University of North Dakota (2014-now)
Haitian Xie is from Shiyan, Hubei province, China. His interest is to analysis geography data to get information to help people to make decision. In University of Waterloo, he was using the census and economic data to make a model to show the food desert in Waterloo City, and to find a best place to build a new supermarket. Currently, his work is using global satellite data to infer the classes of phytoplankton in different methods and combining them to form a better method.
B.S. in Biological Science, Shenzhen University, Shenzhen, China
M.Sc in Environmental Consultancy, Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, U.K.
M.S. in Ethics and Public Policy, Suffolk University, Boston, MA U.S.A.
Yuanheng Xiong started his doctoral study in the Department of Earth System Science and Policy in 2014. He has always been interested in interdisciplinary researches related to environment themes. Currently, he is focusing on the research in Ocean Optics. His research is involved with the Inherent Optical Properties of seawater, solar radiative transfer across ocean surface, and the angle effects to the optical remote sensing.
B.S. Science and Technology, University of Shanghai
My name is Yeqian Xu and I am interested in environment and economy. I earned a bachelor in University of Shanghai for Science and Technology.In my university life, I gradually found that communication was a very wide subject, because it required both news skills and solid foundation, A lot of news lacks in reality if it’s written without professional knowledge. As a result, I will make up for it by learning professional knowledge about earth science to arouse people’s sense of protecting environment.Also,I have strong interest in both human activities and species biodiversity and evaluation of ecosystem services.I’d like to study it as my main goal as it’s also my interest.