Presentation at US-IALE Conference - April 10th, 2018

A little over a week ago, I presented my thesis research at the Annual Meeting of the US chapter of the International Association for Landscape Ecology (US-IALE). This was my first time at a national scientific meeting, and I felt really at home. My talk was titled: "Integrating Historical, Ecological, and Social Data to Understand Patterns of Amphibian Occupancy and Habitat Availability in an Agroecosystem" (yes, I used the full character limit!). A big thank you to mycoathors: my labmate, Jaime Coon, Jenna Mattes, an undergraduate honors researcher in our lab, and my advisor, Jim Miller. It was a pleasure to present our collaborative research alongside my own thesis work. 

I also attended a great drone mapping workshop instructed by Justyna Jeziorska from the NC State Center for Geospatial Analytics. It was really cool to get some in-depth instruction of turning drone photos into 3D maps- looking forward to processing some of my own drone imagery with the techniques I learned here.

Edit: [June 13th, 2018] I recently learned the I received the "Best Student Presentation" Award for my talk- the icing on the cake for a great first trip to the US-IALE Annual Meeting!

Presentation at Society of Wetland Scientists Annual Meeting 2018

On May 31st, I presented at the Society of Wetland Scientists Annual Meeting 2018. I took part in a thought-provoking symposium titled: "Sustaining Wetland Science in a Time of Political Divisiveness and Scienti c Skepticism: Diverse Voices, Transformative Careers, and Impactful Communication". The symposium was organized by Karin Kettenring and Ariana Sutton-Grier and featured a variety of dynamic and encouraging talks largely focused on science communication. I was invited to discuss my experience with crowdfunding and provide advice for other scientists looking to support their research through the platform. Overall, I had a great time attending my first SWS Annual Meeting! 

 Timothy with other participants and organizers of the invited symposium: "Sustaining Wetland Science in a Time of Political Divisiveness and Scienti c Skepticism: Diverse Voices, Transformative Careers, and Impactful Communication"

Timothy with other participants and organizers of the invited symposium: "Sustaining Wetland Science in a Time of Political Divisiveness and Scienti c Skepticism: Diverse Voices, Transformative Careers, and Impactful Communication"

Jenna Presents at Undergraduate Research Symposium - April 19th, 2018

Jenna Mattes, an undergraduate student in NRES at UIUC, presented at the Undergraduate Research Symposium on April 19th. Jenna presented a poster describing her efforts to quantify the availability and potential quality of habitat for amphibians in farm ponds in the Grand River Grasslands. One of her goals was to integrate remotely-sensed habitat data to attitudes and values of landowners in the region, something that hasn't been attempted in our system before. Great job Jenna!

Grand River Grasslands Strategic Planning Meeting, May 22nd to 23rd, 2018

I've spent the last few days in Mt. Ayr Iowa with the Grand River Grasslands (GRG) working group. Our time together has been filled with great conversations about the last 12 years of research in the GRG and future directions for integrating the ecological and social components of the system. 

GRG gang 2018.JPG