NCALM Announces 2020 Seed Proposal Winners

March 10, 2021

2020 Student Seed Proposal Winners Selected

The National Center for Airborne Laser Mapping surveys multiple projects each year for graduate student PIs whose research would be enhanced by airborne lidar data. Students write and submit a two- to three-page proposal to be considered for an award ( The applications are reviewed by the NCALM Steering Committee, who select winners based on intellectual merit and broader impact.

NCALM would like to announce that the 2020 seed proposal winners have been awarded. Eight projects were selected to receive lidar data this year. Congratulations to the following students and their advisors:

Jordan Fields (Francis Magilligan, Carl Renshaw)
Dartmouth College
Field validation of the virtual velocity approach for estimating bedload transport in gravel-bedded rivers

Kenton Fisher (Ryan Ewing)
Texas A&M University
Topographic signatures of barrier island vulnerability

Michael Hasson (Mathieu Lapotre)
Stanford University
Morphodyamics of an unvegetated meandering river in the McLeod Springs Wash, Nevada

Justin Higa (Seulgi Moon)
University of California, Los Angeles
Topographic and lithologic controls on subsurface weathering in the southern Sierra Nevada, California

Conor McMahon (Dar Roberts)
University of California, Santa Barbara
Riparian vegetation mapping, classification, and historic drought response on the San Pedro River

Sarah Newcomb (Sarah Godsey)
Idaho State University
Linking snowpack heterogeneity to subsurface storage and transmissivity in the rain-snow transition zone

Cara Piske (Adrian Harpold)
University of Nevada, Reno
Using lidar to investigate forest-snow interactions in a high elevation critical zone

Sophie Rothman (Scott McCoy, Joel Scheingross)
University of Nevada, Reno
Impact of waterfall formation on river long profiles

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