Project SP15g: Hemispherical photo processing

Project SP15g: Hemispherical photo processing
Researcher: Amanda Young aby113@psu.edu
Position type: Digitization and data analysis

Application deadline: 5:00 p.m. on Monday, December 1, 2014

Application URL: http://www.geog.psu.edu/uroc-apply


Position description

This research examines competition between conifers and broadleaved trees along an altitude gradient in central Japan. A component of this research examines the light environment found where seedling establishment occurs. The light environment is examined using hemispherical photographs taken directly above each seeding. I am looking for a student to help process these photographs. Processing these photos entails on-screen digitization of vegetation (leaves and tree stems) and calculating the sky area.


Desired qualifications

The candidate for this position should be detail-oriented and comfortable working with a computer. Knowledge of how to process hemispherical photographs is not necessary but a willingness to learn is. There are no prerequisites for this position, but an interest in biogeography and forest geography is a plus.

Candidates must be willing to contribute 40–120 total hours of work toward the project over the semester, resulting in 1–3 credit hours applied to the transcript. There is no monetary stipend attached to this assistantship, although the experiences gained in this work will be immediately valuable when applying for graduate school or full-time employment.


To apply

Prospective candidates should submit application to http://www.geog.psu.edu/uroc-apply by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, December 1, 2014.
A complete application must include:
1. All required fields of online form: http://www.geog.psu.edu/uroc-apply

2. A one-page cover letter identifying the position for which you're applying and stating your interest in conducting research, your academic preparation, the skills you hope to gain from this experience, and contact information of two references.

  • Upload a PDF document named as follows: FirstinitialLastname_letterMMYY.pdf (e.g. jvender_letter1114.pdf)

3. A resume

  • Upload a PDF document named as follows: FirstinitialLastname_resumeMMYY.pdf (e.g. jvender_resume1114.pdf)