Student Research Projects

See below for project titles from our most recent graduates (2017-2022). This list illustrates the vast array of research opportunities afforded by the NRSM program, and we hope it will spark your drive to discover what problem you will solve. Where possible, we have linked to the student's work as published in the Digital Conservancy

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Assessment, Monitoring, and Geospatial Analysis

2021-2022

  • Characterizing the temporal dynamics of Minnesota wetlands using LandTrendr in Google Earth Engine
  • Incorporating remote sensing into forest carbon accounting using model-based and model-assisted estimators
  • The need to reconfigure aspen stand management guidelines in the western Great Lakes under climate change
  • Predicting forest carbon content and tree canopy cover on Forest Inventory and Analysis plots along a forest-prairie gradient

2020-2021

  • Comprehensive review and evaluation of whole stand volume yield models for the aspen forest type in Minnesota, USA

2019-2020

2018-2019

  • Deriving accurate diameter and height measurements of trees from terrestrial Lidar and unmanned aerial systems

2017-2018

Economics, Policy, Management, and Society

2021-2022

2020-2021

2019-2020


2018-2019

2017-2018

Forest Hydrology and Watershed Management

2021-2022

2020-2021

2019-2020

2018-2019

2017-2018

Forests: Biology, Ecology, Conservation, and Management

2021-2022

2020-2021

2019-2020

2018-2019

2017-2018

General program track (new option beginning in 2020)

2021-2022

  • Carbon and phosphorus dynamics in restored Minnesota peatlands