Projects

30-Year Synoptic Record of Vegetation Dynamics at Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge

Funder: 
Sevilleta LTER
PIs: 
  • Christopher  Lippitt (Department of Geography and Environmental Studies, UNM)
  • Jennifer  Rudgers (Department of Biology, UNM)
Students: 
  • Rowan  Converse

Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge (SNWR) is home to a long-term ecological research site (LTER) located within a network of long-term monitoring sites funded by the National Science Foundation. The Sevilleta LTER seeks to understand the impacts of climatic variability on dryland dynamics. ASPIRE is partnering with the LTER to develop a thirty-year map of vegetation dynamics to illuminate these p... read more

Admin Supplement to Superfund Research Program (SRP)

Funder: 
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
PIs: 
  • Yan  Lin (Department of Geography and Environmental Studies, UNM)

Admin Supplement to Superfund Research Program (SRP) Center, External Use Case: Arsenic Mass Balance: Integrating Environmental and Biomarker Data across Diverse Populations The objective is to build data science capacity to enable interoperability and reuse of data for projects and cores within the SRP center (internal use case), and to support collaborative activities across two or more centers... read more

Bridge Construction Monitoring Using LiDAR for Quantified, Objective Quality Control/Quality Assurance (QOQCQA)

Funder: 
US Dept of Transportation, University of Tennessee Chattanooga, Tran-SET
PIs: 
  • Fernando  Moreu (Department of Civil Engineering, UNM)
  • Christopher  Lippitt (Department of Geography and Environmental Studies, UNM)
Students: 
  • Xinxing  Yuan

This project will develop and implement a methodology to measure construction progress and compare it with the projected 3D shape, quantifying the difference as an automated method of quality control. These methods will further be used to develop Department of Transportation (DOT) standards for future bridge construction. The participation of experts in infrastructure maintenance and LiDAR sensin... read more

Drones for Ducks

Ducks and geese in water at the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge surrounded by computer-drawn polygons
Funder: 
US Fish and Wildlife Service
PIs: 
  • Christopher  Lippitt
  • Grant  Harris
Students: 
  • Jesse  Sprague
  • Rowan  Converse
  • Mohammad Mustafa  Sa'doun

We are collaborating with the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) to develop a more efficient and less invasive method to count and identify species of migratory waterfowl at wildlife refuges across New Mexico. Imaging surveys were conducted using unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) at Bosque del Apache and Maxwell National Wildlife Refuges to census migratory birds. Birds were then manually counted... read more

Evaluating Cumulative Environmental Exposure to Metals and Non-metals and Community-level Health Using Geospatial Modeling and Personal Exposure Assessment

Funder: 
NIH / National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities
PIs: 

Tribal communities are concerned about the impact of environmental contamination on their health as well as the health of their animals. Sources of environmental contaminants on tribal lands include abandoned mine waste, power plants, oil and gas production, pesticide use, and open burning / dumping of trash. Pollutants are released to the environment through different pathways: water, air, soil,... read more

GPS Tracking Livestock Movement and Exposure to Abandoned Uranium Mine Waste in Cove Watershed

Funder: 
Environmental Protection Agency
PIs: 
  • Yan  Lin (Department of Geography and Environmental Studies)
  • Johnnye  Lewis (College of Pharmacy, UNM)
Students: 
  • Daniel  Beene
  • Zhouming "Leo"  Liu

This project is in partnership with Cove community in the Navajo Nation, researchers at Dine’ College, the Navajo Nation Tribal College, Northern Arizona University, and Montana State University – Billings (MSUB). The research project objectives are to 1) model the potential for livestock exposure to waste from abandoned uranium mines (AUMs) using GPS; 2) measure uptake of uranium and... read more

New Mexico Riparian Habitat Map Supplement

Funder: 
New Mexico Department of Game and Fish
PIs: 
  • Esteban   Muldavin (Natural Heritage New Mexico)
  • Christopher   Lippitt (Department of Geography and Environmental Studies, UNM)
  • Su  Zhang (Earth Data Analysis Center, UNM)
Students: 
  • Pratistha  Sharma

This pilot project will develop a pilot terrestrial wildlife habitat map that will provide the necessary guidance for completing a statewide map. The pilot project will focus on two representative study areas that will cover a breadth of New Mexico habitats: 1) a Greater Sevilleta Site with grasslands, desert scrub, open conifer woodlands on the Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge and surrounding ... read more

Sevilleta Camera Trap Project

Funder: 
US Fish and Wildlife Service
PIs: 
  • Grant  Harris (Fish and Wildlife Service )
  • Christopher  Lippitt (Department of Geography and Environmental Studies )
Students: 
  • Rowan   Converse
  • Michael   Gurule
  • Blair   Mirka

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SIPI TCUP

Funder: 
National Science Foundation
PIs: 
  • Christopher  Lippitt (Geography and Environmental Studies)
  • Mark  Stone (Civil Engineering)
  • Laura  Crossey (Earth and Planetary Sciences)
  • Ricardo  González-Pinzón (Civil Engineering)
Students: 
  • Jillian  Rutherford

The Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute (SIPI) and the University of New Mexico are the joint awardees of a National Science Foundation Tribal Colleges and Universities Program (TCUP) grant. The objectives of this project are to: (1) improve instructional and research capacity at SIPI in the area of geosciences with a focus on watershed science; (2) increase the enrollment and graduation ra... read more