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Academic and Research Interests

My main research interests lie within the fields of Geography and Environmental Science, specifically Climate Change Science. I also have found an interest in working with GIS and remote sensing to analyze land cover change in Arctic regions over space and time. Working at Clark Labs, the birthplace of the IDRISI raster software, and taking GIS and remote sensing courses, I’ve recently begun to tie my interests in Climate Change Science with remote sensing manipulation techniques learned at Clark. As a participant of The Polaris Project, an NSF-funded field course program, I was able to travel to the Siberian Arctic in the summer of 2008 with Professor Karen Frey (School of Geography) and Katherine Willis (Clark ’08) and students and faculty from other participating institutions across the USA. The total flight time to Cherskiy, Russia was 24 hours!

My area of focus regarded drained lake basins and the use of tree rings to determine when the lake drained. The Arctic is covered in hundreds of lakes that drain frequently, often catastrophically, but there are few empirical studies examining lake drainage rates. When I wasn’t reading literature on drained lake basins, I was comparing satellite imagery from the region to assess changes in lake cover. I presented these data with a colleague from Western Washington University at the annual American Geophysical Union Conference in San Francisco in December 2008. What an awesome experience! I hope to return in the summer of 2009 to continue research in this field and assume a mentoring role to new students accepted into the program!

Visiting the Permafrost Institute in Yakutsk, Siberia

Extracurricular Activities

When I’m not in a lab somewhere on campus looking at satellite imagery or working on geography assignments, you can find me working as the tech support assistant at Clark Labs or coaching swim lessons to local kids. I’m also a member of the Clark Undergraduate Geography Association, helping plan events for undergrads or just talking science with other geography majors! When it’s warm out, I like to hike and kayak and before I die, I hope to have visited every country in the world. So far, I’ve covered 34, only 159 to go!

Awards and Publications

  • Presidential Award – 2006-2010
  • Gamma Theta Upsilon Honors Society
  • Llewellyn, T. J., Zapatka, B. J. & Bunn, A. G. Using Dendrochronology and Remote Sensing to Assess Lake Drainage Rates of Pan-Arctic Lakes. 2008 Fall American Geophysical Union Meeting. San Francisco, California, 15–19 December 2008.

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