iUTAH Team - Undergraduate iFellows
Weber State University
Faculty: Sarah Null, USU
Graduate: Dave Betts, USU
Research Focus Area 2
Andrew Hackett is studying Environmental Geography at Weber State University. A love of visual arts and history led down a path towards spatial analysis, geography, and an interest in understanding the systems that affect society and the environment. Having spent most of his life in Utah, he is eager to participate in iUtah research, and ensure a sustainable future for the region he calls home.
Week 1: May 16-20, 2016
Right away, my team jumped into reading literature pertaining to the unique irrigation strategies of Logan to lay the groundwork for the research to come. It has been an exciting and busy week sorting through data and honing in on the scope of our projects. The campus is beautiful and the other students and faculty have been amazing!
Week 2: May 23-27, 2016
This has been an exciting and busy week! I was able to help Maggi Kraft from USU's ACWA Lab collect and edit remote sensing data, and gained a lot of practical experience using GIS and managing metadata. Our lab also began work towards processing infrared imagery collected from the Swaner EcoCenter to build a mosaic for the area's wetlands, and my iFellow lab partner Heather Bottelberghe and I spent some time in the streets of Logan identifying urban areas that use curb delivered secondary water.
Week 3: May 30-June 3, 2016
Week 3 has been quite a bit of fun; Heather Bottelberghe and I spent most of the week hitting the pavement and mapping the streets of Logan looking for places where secondary water is delivered via curbs. Already it is apparent there is a great deal of variety street to street, so it is important for us to take detailed notes and observations during our travels to then be digitized into ArcGIS.
Week 4: June 6-10, 2015
This week we continued to map the urban areas of Logan. It was incredibly hot and much of the city we covered didn't really have many large trees for shade or the flood irrigation we were looking for, but we needed to check for a complete map to be constructed. Through our travels it became apparent how much the Logan area has grown recently! Some streets and full neighborhoods weren't even on our reference maps! It was interesting to note the patterns of development going through the towns, and the ways people were using their water.
Week 5: June 15-19, 2015
This week we had a Cohort Session at the impressive BYU campus that culminated in a field trip up Provo Canyon to practice water-sampling techniques to measure stream flow, chemical content with a photometer, and how to prepare E. coli tests. Back at USU my week was mainly composed of inputting the attribute information from the notes taken in previous weeks for our curbside irrigation project and identifying areas that require closer scrutiny, as well as places we may have missed.
Week 6: June 20-24, 2016
This was a relatively slow week of checking the data Heather and I had collected and exploring suitable ways to visualize the map. We also explored the use of other methods to conduct our study like Google Earth to re-examine portions of streets or check areas we may have missed.
Week 7: June 27-July 1, 2016This week I was focused on preparing a draft research paper and poster for our project, and continuing to digitize the curb types within Cache Valley. On Monday we had a very informative Cohort Session at the Natural History Museum of Utah and visited some GAMUT stations near the University of Utah.
Week 8: July 4-8, 2016
This week Heather Bottelberghe and I were able to assist Jessica Wood from USU's ACWA Lab to gather data about Meadow Creek at Starkey Experimental Forest and Range in Oregon. It was a busy and engaging week gathering flow measurements, temperature readings, and downloading data from permanent loggers along the creek. Altogether it was a lot of fun, and really interesting to see how data is gathered in the field. There were several other researchers sharing the Forest Service bunkhouse during our stay and it was interesting to discuss our variety of projects and enjoy the forest!
Week 9: July 11-15, 2016
After getting back from Oregon, I was focused on finishing a poster to display the research I've been working on this summer. I got a chance to present my finished poster and get feedback from the other students at USU's ACWA Lab to prepare for the Symposium poster session. I had never done a poster exhibition before, but I really enjoyed the chance to discuss my project in person!
Week 10: July 18-22, 2016
As this summer's iFellows program winds down, this week has been spent double checking portions of the secondary water conveyance map I've been working on, as well as preparing a presentation and paper describing my research. A true test of time management skills.
Week 11: July 25-29, 2016
Fellow Andrew Hackett recaps his experience in the 2016 program.
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