Fall 2015

This fall semester, graduate student Dan LeVine has been conducting field research for his thesis looking into the vegetation of central Texas savannas out at Pedernales Falls State Park. His research involves the combination of field-collected measurements of vegetation composition and structure with remote sensing time series analysis for improved monitoring and management of these systems. Check out some photos from the field below:

Dan (right) and field assistant David (left) collect structural measurements on an ashe juniper tree, a common species of the region.

This device, called a densiometer, provides an estimate of canopy cover in a certain area, important for understanding how much incoming solar radiation reaches understory vegetation.

Survey sticks and meter tape allow our team to create three-dimensional models of savanna vegetation and community composition.

Kelley shades herself from the intense Texas heat.