Meet R&D Fellow

Katelyn Dolan

Katelyn Dolan

With an interest in Environmental Science, Climate Change, and Remote Sensing, Katelyn completed her undergraduate and graduate studies at UNH. In her Junior year, she pursued a Research & Discover internship, and followed that with an R&D graduate fellowship.

With her hands-on research experience and her UNH and NASA contacts, she applied for and received a prestigious NASA Earth and Space Science fellowship which will support her completion of Ph.D. studies in Natural Resources & Earth Systems Science.

Her Goal: to continue her understanding of our complex environments — their natural dynamics, how we've altered them and how we project them to change. She hopes to look at the tools available and what tools might be developed to improve research capabilities, always with a commitment to to sharing that knowledge with a broader audience.


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Student Publications

Pringle J, Lutscher R, Glick E (2009) Going against the flow: the effect of non-gaussian dispersal kernels and reproduction over multiple generations. Marine Ecology Progress Series 377:13-17.

Thomas RQ, Hurtt GC, Dubayah R, Schilz M (2008) Using Lidar Data and a Height Structured Ecosystem Model to Estimate Forest Carbon Stocks and Fluxes Over Mountainous Terrain. Canadian Journal of Remote Sensing 34(2): S351-S363.

Sacks WJ, Schimel DS, Monson RK (2007) Coupling between carbon cycling and climate in a high-elevation, subalpine forest: a model-data fusion analysis. Oecologia, 151: 54-68.

Treat C, Bubier J, Varner RK, Gifford J, Crill PM (2007) Timescale dependence of environmental and plant-mediated controls on CH4 flux in a temperate fen, J. Geophys. Res. 112, G01014, doi:10.1029/2006JG00210.

Sacks WJ, Schimel DS, Monson RK, Braswell BH (2006) Model-data synthesis of diurnal and seasonal CO2 fluxes at Niwot Ridge, Colorado. Global Change Biology, 12: 240-259.

Braswell B, Sacks B, Schimel D (2005) Estimating ecosystem process parameters by assimilation of eddy flux observations of NEE, Global Change Biology, 11: 335-355.

Cardoso M, Hurtt G, Moore B, Nobre C, Bain H (2005) Field work and statistical analyses for the enhanced interpretation of satellite fire data, Remote Sensing of Environment 96: 212-227.

Student Presentations at Professional Meetings

Dolan K, Hurtt G, Chambers J, Masek J, Dubayah R (2008) Evaluating large scale forest disturbance resulting from Hurricane Katrina using the Geoscience Laser Altimeter System (GLAS) LiDAR. AGU Fall Meeting (Oral Presentation), San Francisco.

Glick E, Cavalieri DJ (2008) Assessment of EOS Aqua AMSR-E Sea Ice Concentration Using MODIS. AGU Fall Meeting, San Francisco.

Goodrich J, Duncan B, Rodriguez J, Varner R (2008) Assessing the uncertainty in the global distribution of atmospheric methane using AQUA/AIRS and the Global Modeling Initiative's CTM. AGU Fall Meeting, San Francisco.

Lindgren E, Rock B, Middleton E, Aber J (2008) Sugar Maple Pigments Through the Fall and the Role of Anthocyanin as an Analytical Tool. AGU Fall Meeting, San Francisco.

Maher A, Zhang Q, Braswell BH, Middleton EM, Hudak AT (2008) An Examination of the Relation between Burn Severity and Forest Height Change in the Taylor Complex Fire using LIDAR data from ICESat/GLAS. AGU Fall Meeting, San Francisco.

Noyce GL, Szarkowski ER, Bubier JL, Varner RK (2008) The Role of Sedges in Methane Production and Emission From a Temperate Fen. AGU Fall Meeting, San Francisco.

Plagge C, Frolking S, Chini L, Hurtt G (2008) Slash and Burn Agriculture: A Dynamic Spatio-temporal Model of Shifting Cultivation Locations and Areas. AGU Fall Meeting, San Francisco.

Plagge A, Vandemark D, Long DG (2008) Evaluation of Quicksat ultra-high resolution wind retrieval in the Gulf of Maine. Ocean Sciences Meeting, Orlando.

Sawyer VR, Kelly P, Welton EJ, Talbot R, Varner RK (2008) Micro-pulse Lidar Observations of the Arctic Haze During ICEALOT 2008. AGU Fall Meeting, San Francisco.

Szeto M, Campbell J, Moore T (2008) Evaluating a Gulf of Maine Bio-Optics Dataset Using Hydrolight and Simplified Bio-optical Models. AGU Fall Meeting, San Francisco.

Wicklein HF, Collatz GJ, Masek J, Williams C (2008) Analysis of Forest Fire Disturbance in the Western United States Using Landsat Time Series Images: 1985 to 2005. AGU Fall Meeting, San Francisco.

Wiener MJ, Rock BN (2008) Development of a Hyperspectral Index for Detection of Initial Water Stress in Eastern Hemlock (Tsuga Canadensis). AGU Fall Meeting, San Francisco.

Wurtzel JB, Comiso JC (2008) The Arctic Oscillation and its Influence on Sea Ice and Polar Precipitation. AGU Fall Meeting, San Francisco.

Dolan K, et al. (2007) Analysis of Early Forest Regrowth in the Eastern US using IceSAT/GLAS-LiDAR and Landsat- spectral data. AGU Fall Meeting, San Francisco.

Glick E., et al. (2007) The Dispersal and Persistence of Invasive Marine Species. AGU Fall Meeting, San Francisco.

Goodrich G., et al. (2007) The effects of high ozone episodes on photosynthetic activity of temperate wetland plants. AGU Fall Meeting, San Francisco.

Lindgren E, et al. (2007) Sugar Maple Phenology: Anthocyanin Production During Leaf Senescence. AGU Fall Meeting, San Francisco.

Sawyer V, et al. (2007) New Aerosol and Cloud Products from the NASA Micro Pulse Lidar Network (MPLNET). AGU Fall Meeting, San Francisco.

Szeto M., et al. (2007) Validating the GSM01 Algorithm for Chlorohyll Products in the Chesapeake Bay. AGU Fall Meeting, San Francisco.

Wicklein H, et al. (2007) Predicting Soil Frost and its Response to Climate Change in Northeastern U.S. Forests. AGU Fall Meeting, San Francisco.

Wurtzel J, et al. (2007) New Hampshire's Changing Wintertime Climate: Impact on Forestry Practices. AGU Fall Meeting, San Francisco.

Crosby A, et al. (2006) Investigation of Horizontal Cross-Tropopause Transport in the Subtropics. AGU Fall Meeting, San Francisco.

Dolan K, et al. (2006) A Preliminary Study of Future Climate Impacts on Agriculture Opportunities in the Pan-Arctic Drainage System. AGU Fall Meeting, San Francisco.

Mitchell J, et al. (2006) Using Active and Passive Microwave Records for Detecting Firn Characteristics in Greenland: A New Indication of Melt. AGU Fall Meeting, San Francisco.

Plagge A, et al. (2006) Investigation of QuikSCAT wind measurements in the coastal Gulf of Maine. AGU Fall Meeting, San Francisco.

Thomas RQ, et al (2006) Fusing an ecosystem model and lidar remote sensing data to study forests with abiotic heterogeneity. AGU Fall Meeting (Oral Presentation), San Francisco.

Walker C, et al. (2006) Variations of Solar Wind Parameters: Implications for STEREO. AGU Fall Meeting, San Francisco.

Schilz M, Hurtt GC, Martin M, Dubayah R, Collatz J, Rock B, Holbrook N (2005) Factors Affecting the Pattern of Vegetation Biomass and Canopy Height with Elevation at Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest. AGU Fall Meeting (Oral Presentation), San Francisco.

Silverberg, S.K., S.V. Ollinger, M.L. Smith, K.L. Lloyd (2005) Quantifying Belowground Carbon Allocation in the Northeastern United States. AGU Fall Meeting, San Francisco.

Thomas RQ, Kelner JR, Piert DR (2005) Potential and Limitations of Satellite Data to Identify Deaths of Individual Trees in a Central American Tropical Rainforest. AGU Fall Meeting, San Francisco.

Treat C, Bubier J, Varner RK Crill PM (2005) Interannual variations in CO2 and CH4 flux from a temperate fen. Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

Treat C, Bubier J, Varner RK, Crill PM (2005) Time Scale Dependence of the Environmental and Plant Mediated Controls on Methane Flux From a Temperate Fen. AGU Fall Meeting, San Francisco.

Beane L, Douglas E, Boles S, Vorosmarty C (2003), A Geospatial Investigation of Water Availabilty and Water Stress in India. Geological Society of America Annual Meeting, Seattle.

Bain H (2002) Land-use history modeling for the Amazon. LBA Hydronet, Manaus, Brazil.

Student Theses and Independent Studies

Berger K (2008) M.S. Natural Resources, University of New Hampshire. Advisors: Dr. Ollinger (UNH), Dr. Middleton (GSFC).

Thomas Q (2007) Combining Maps of Forest Structure with Models of Underlying Mechanisms to Improve Carbon Studies. M.S. Thesis, Department of Natural Resources, University of New Hampshire. Advisors: Dr. Hurtt (UNH), Dr. Ranson (GSFC).

Walker C (2007) Variations of solar wind parameters over a solar cycle: expectations for NASA’s solar terrestrial relations observatory (STEREO) mission, Thesis, Mount Holyoke College.

Schilz M (2006) Factors Affecting the Pattern of Vegetation Biomass and Canopy Height with Elevation at Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest. M.S. Thesis, Department of Natural Resources, University of New Hampshire. Advisors: Dr. Hurtt (UNH), Dr. Ranson (GSFC).

Silverberg S (2006) Quantifying Belowground Carbon Allocation in the Northeastern United States. M.S. Thesis, Department of Natural Resources, University of New Hampshire. Advisors: Dr. Ollinger (UNH), Dr. Middleton (GSFC).

Beane L (2004) Water Resources in India: Applications of GIS and Remote Sensing, Thesis, Colby College.

Silverberg S (2004) Interactive effects of N deposition, tropospheric O3, elevated CO2, land use and solar radiation on carbon dynamics: An Eastern US Forests Study, Thesis, University of Vermont.

Bain H (2003) Land-use history and carbon fluxes in Brazil, Thesis, College of the Holy Cross.

Beane L (2003) Water Resources in India:  Development of a Nationwide Aquifer Map and Implications for Future Groundwater Availability, Independent Study, Colby College.

Sacks B (2003) Parameter optimization in a forest model using hourly eddy flux measurements, Thesis, Williams College.

Student Awards

Dolan K (2007) Outstanding Environmental Conservation Student, University of New Hampshire.

Sacks B (2006) Early-Career Scientist Best Poster Award, iLEAPS Science Conference, Boulder, CO.

Treat C (2005) Award of Excellence, Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Symposium, University of New Hampshire.