Nicholas Young, Research Associate III / Lab Manager
Nick’s interest and expertise is in spatial ecology with an emphasis in species distribution modeling, invasive species and mountain systems. He has worked on numerous domestic and international research projects supported by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the National Science Foundation and U.S. Geological Survey. He supports the lab at various capacities, including field data collection, statistical analysis and journal publication.
Robert Sturtevant, Research Associate III /Forester
Bob is a forester with 40 years of experience in forest management and forestry extension. He served in the Peace Corps Ethiopia 2010-2013 and continues to work in international forestry as well as private land management, forestry education and forest research through Colorado State University and the Colorado State Forest Service.
REBECCA GIRMA, RESEARCH ASSOCIATE I /GIS SPECIALIST
Rebecca supports a variety of research projects that build capacity in geospatial technologies and applications and improve humanitarian aid resource allocation and land management. She has two B.S. degrees in Mathematics and Electrical Engineering. Her interest and expertise is in data analysis, project management and developing training materials.
Amanda West, PhD, Post-doctoral Fellow
Amanda’s primary research interests include geospatial modeling and remote sensing in ecology and conservation. She has been involved in a broad range of applied ecological research projects, including mapping terrestrial species distribution in Colorado and Wyoming using satellite imagery, modeling suitable habitat for invasive aquatic species at regional and global scales, analyzing the effects of climate change on wildfire regimes, and evaluating critical habitat for endangered Bornean orangutan.
TONY VORSTER, GRADUATE STUDENT / PROJECT MANAGER
Tony is a PhD candidate in the Graduate Degree Program in Ecology addressing natural resource management questions related to managing beetle-killed forests, forest carbon and invasive species. He utilizes GIS and remote sensing to study these issues at landscape scales and mentors up-and-coming geospatial analysts through the NASA DEVELOP program. Tony has taught at both the elementary and undergraduate level and continues to enjoy taking science to K-12 classrooms.
BRIAN WOODWARD, GRADUATE STUDENT / PROJECT MANAGER
Brian Woodward is a PhD student conducting research as an NSF Graduate Research Fellow in the Graduate Degree Program in Ecology. His current research interests lie in understanding spatial patterns of biodiversity using remote sensing and GIS, as well as exploring the influence of apiculture on forest management and conservation in coupled human and natural systems. He received his MS in Forest Sciences at Colorado State University and currently serves as a Mentor for the NASA DEVELOP Program.
TIM MAYOR, NASA DEVELOP - CENTER LEAD
Tim serves as the Center Lead for the NASA DEVELOP Program at Colorado State University. His interests and expertise is in remote sensing, small mammal ecology, and species distribution modeling. Tim has worked with the U.S. Forest Service along with various state and local government agencies to conduct field monitoring and management for threatened and endangered species.
DAN CARVER, NASA DEVELOP – GEOINFORMATICS FELLOW
Dan’s interest is on the development and application of geospatial methods that can support better management of public lands. Among his professional experiences, he worked multiple projects related to geo-archaeology, land cover accuracy assessment, and early detection of invasive species.