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Graduate students using special equipment to measure snow. MOSS College of Natural Resources, U of I

Research Publications

MOSS faculty, staff and students participate in all facets of the scientific enterprise. In this way, our education programs are born from grounded scientific experience. Our research interests range from understanding how technology, adventure learning and place-based education can enhance student scientific identity, to studying connections between ecological structure and function, to understanding the multiple services that ecosystems provide to society. MOSS research publications since 2010 are listed below.
  • In Press
    **Schon, J., *Eitel, K., Bingaman, D., *Miller, & B., ***Rittenburg (accepted). Small Leaders in a Big Project: Creek Restoration Led by 5th Grade Scientists. Science and Children.

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    ***Graduate Students

  • 2014
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    ***Graduate Students

    *Eitel, J.U.H., ***Magney, T.S., *Vierling, L.A., Brown, T.T., Huggins, D.R. 2014. LiDAR based biomass and crop nitrogen estimates for rapid, non-destructive assessment of wheat nitrogen status. Field Crops Research, 159, 21-32. *Eitel, J.U.H., ***Magney, T.S., *Vierling L.A., Huggins, D., and Brown, T. (2014). Lidar remote sensing advances quantification of wheat biomass and nitrogen status during the critical early growing season. Field Crops Research,159(2014): 21-32.

    Krofcheck, D.J., *Eitel, J.U.H., *Vierling, L.A., Schulthess, U., Hilton, T.M., Dettweiler-Robinson, E., Pendleton, R., and Litvak, M.E. (2014). Detecting mortality induced structural and functional changes in a piñon-juniper woodland using Landsat and RapidEye time series. Remote Sensing of Environment.

    ***Magney, T., Eusden, S., *Eitel, J.U.H., Logan, B.A., Jiang, J., and *Vierling, L.A. (2014). Assessing leaf photoprotective mechanisms using terrestrial LiDAR: Towards mapping canopy photosynthetic performance in three dimensions. New Phytologist, 201(1): 344-356. doi: 10.1111/nph.12453.

    **Schon, J., Hougham, R.J., *Eitel, K., & Hollenhorst, S. (2014). The Value of a Tree: Comparing Carbon Sequestration to Forest Products. Science Scope 37(7), 27-35.

    **Schon, J., *Eitel, K.B., Bingaman, D., *Miller, B.G., ***Rittenburg, R. (2014). Little leaders in conservation. Science & Children. XX, 000-00.

    **Schon, J., Hougham, R.J., & *Eitel, K.B. (2014). The value of a tree. Science Scope. XX, 000-00

    Vierling, K.T., Swift, C., Vogeler, J., Hudak, A.T., and *Vierling, L.A. (2014). How much does the time lag between wildlife field data collection and LiDAR data acquisition matter for studies of animal distributions? A case study using bird communities. Remote Sensing Letters, 5(2): 185-193. doi: 10.1080/2150704X.2014.891773.

    Vogeler, J.C., Hudak, A.T., *Vierling, L.A., Evans, J., Green, P., and Vierling, K.T. (2014). Terrain and vegetation structural influences on local avian species richness in two mixed-conifer forests. Remote Sensing of Environment,147 (2014): 13-22.
  • 2013
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    ***Graduate Students

    Charbonnier, F., le Maire, G., Dreyer, E., Casanoves, F., Christina, M., Dauzat, J., *Eitel, J., Vaast, P., *Vierling, L.A., and Roupsard, O. (2013). Competition for light in heterogeneous canopies: application of MAESTRA to a coffee (Coffea arabica L.) agroforestry system. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, 181 (2013):152–169.

    *Eitel, J.U.H., *Vierling, L.A., and ***Magney, T. (2013). A lightweight, low cost, autonomously operating terrestrial laser scanner for quantifying and monitoring ecosystem structural dynamics. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, 180 (2013): 86-96.

    *Eitel, K.B., Hougham, R.J., & *Miller, B.G., **Schon, J. & LaPaglia, K. (2013). Upload/download: Empowering students through technology-enabled problem-based learning. Science Scope. 36(7).

    ***Goldberg, A.R., Davis, J.C., *Eitel, K.B. (2013). Bringing authentic landscapes into the classroom: Using erosion models to connect science and engineering practices. Science Scope. 37(4).

    Hougham, R.J., *Miller, B.G., *Eitel, K.B., Hogue Mackenzie, S., Stafford Son, J., **Thompson, G. (2013). Adventure Learning to Promote GreenSTEM Education and Physical Activity in Schools. Published proceedings of the 13th Annual Symposium for Experiential Education Research. Denver, Colorado.

    Lysne, S.J., *Miller, B.G. & *Eitel, K.B. (2013). Two-Year Community: Exploring Student Engagement in an Introductory Biology Course. Journal of College Science Teaching. 43(2)

    ***Magney, T., *Eitel, K.B., Jansen, V., *Eitel, J.U.H., **Schon, J., ***Rittenburg, B., and *Vierling, L.A. (2013). Keeping a (digital) eye on our planet’s clock. The Science Teacher 80(1): 37-43.

    Martinuzzi, S., Gould, W., *Vierling, L.A., Hudak, A.T., Nelson, R., and Evans, J. (2013). Quantifying tropical dry forest type and succession: substantial improvement with LiDAR. Biotropica 45(2): 135-146. doi: 10.1111/j.1744-7429.2012.00904.x.

    Meddens, A.J.H., Hicke, J.A., *Vierling, L.A., and Hudak, A.T. (2013). Evaluating methods to detect bark beetle-caused tree mortality using single-date and multi-date Landsat imagery. Remote Sensing of Environment 132: 49-58.

    *Miller, B. G., Hougham, R. J., & *Eitel, K. B. (2013). Adventure learning in action: Practical enactment strategies for educators. Tech Trends, 57.4.

    Naupari, J.A.,* Vierling, L.A., *Eitel, J.U.H. 2013. Delineating native and invasive plant functional groups in shrub-steppe vegetation using bidirectional reflectance. Journal of Applied Remote Sensing 7 (1), doi: 10.1117/1.JRS.7.073563

    Ñaupari, J.A., *Vierling, L.A., and *Eitel, J.U.H. (2013). Delineating native and invasive plant functional groups in shrub-steppe vegetation using bidirectional reflectance. Journal of Applied Remote Sensing 7(1), 073563; doi: 10.1117/1.JRS.7.073563.

    *Vierling, L.A., Vierling, K.T., Adam, P., and Hudak, A.T. (2013). Using satellite and airborne LiDAR to model woodpecker habitat occupancy at the landscape scale. PLOS ONE, doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0080988.

    Vogeler, J.C., Hudak, A.T., *Vierling, L.A., and Vierling, K.T. (2013). LiDAR-derived canopy architecture predicts Brown Creeper occupancy of two western coniferous forests. The Condor, 115(3): 614-622.
  • 2012
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    Hougham, R. J., *Eitel, K. B., & *Miller, B. G. (2012). AL@: Combining the strengths of adventure learning and place based education. CLEARING Compendium.

    Hougham, R. J.,** Schon, J.A., *Eitel, K.B., & Hollenhorst, S.A. (2012). Education at the Speed of Research: Communicating the Science of Biofuels. Published Proceedings of the Sun Grant Initiative. New Orleans, LA.

    Hudak, A.T., Strand, E.K., *Vierling, L.A., Byrne, J.C., *Eitel, J.U.H., Martinuzzi, S., and Falkowski, M.J. (2012). Quantifying aboveground forest carbon pools and fluxes from repeat LiDAR surveys. Remote Sensing of Environment 123 (2012): 25-40. doi:10.1016/j.rse.2012.02.023.

    *Miller, B.G., Cox, C., Hougham, R.J., Walden, V., & *Eitel, K.B. (2012). Communicating Science Research to High School Students in the Arctic: Adventure Learning @ Greenland. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society. (in review)

    *Miller, B.G., Hougham, R.J., & *Eitel, K.B. (2012). The practical enactment of adventure learning: Where will you AL@? TechTrends, in press.

    Rodhouse, T. J., Ormsbee, P.C., Irvine, K.M., *Vierling, L.A., Szewczak, J.M., and Vierling, K.T. (2012). Assessing the status and trend of bat populations across broad geographic regions with dynamic distribution models. Ecological Applications 22(4): 1098-1113.

    Veletsianos, G., *Miller, B., *Eitel, K.B., *Eitel, J.U.H. & Hougham, R.J. (2012). Localizing Adventure Learning: Teachers and Students as Expedition Leaders and Members. In P. Resta (Ed.),Proceedings of Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference 2012 (pp. 2164-2169). Chesapeake, VA: AACE.

    Veletsianos, G., *Miller, B., *Eitel, K.B., *Eitel, J.U.H., Hougham, R.J. (2012). Localizing Adventure Learning: Teachers and Students as Expedition Leaders and Members. Proceedings of Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference 2012 (pp. 2164-2169). Chesapeake, VA.

    *Vierling, L.A., Yu, Y., *Eitel, J.U.H., and Oldow, J.S. (2012). Shrub characterization using terrestrial laser scanning and implications for airborne LiDAR assessment. Canadian Journal of Remote Sensing 38(6): 709-722.
  • 2011
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    *Eitel, J.U.H., *Vierling, L.A., Litvak, M.E., Long, D.S., Schulthess, U., Ager, A.A., Krofcheck, D., and Stocheck, L. (2011). Broadband, red-edge information from satellites improves early stress detection in a New Mexico conifer woodland. 115: 3640-3646. Remote Sensing of Environment, doi:10.1016/j.rse.2011.09.002.

    *Eitel, J.U.H., *Vierling, L.A., Long, D., and Hunt, E.R. (2011). Early season remote sensing of wheat nitrogen status using a green scanning laser. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology 151 (2011) 1338– 1345. doi:10.1016/j.agrformet.2011.05.015.

    *Eitel, J.U.H., *Vierling, L.A., Long, D.S., Litvak, M.E., and *Eitel, K.B. (2011). Simple assessment of needleleaf and broadleaf chlorophyll content using a flatbed color scanner. Canadian Journal of Forest Research 41: 1445–1451. doi:10.1139/X11-05.

    *Eitel, J.U.H., Williams, J., *Vierling, L.A., Al-Hamdan, O., and Pierson, F. (2011). Suitability of terrestrial laser scanning for studying surface roughness effects on concentrated flow erosion processes in rangelands. Catena 87: 398-407. doi: 10.1016/j.catena.2011.07.009.

    Garrity, S.R.,* Eitel, J.U.H., and *Vierling, L.A. (2011). Disentangling the relationships between plant pigments and the photochemical reflectance index reveals a new approach for remote estimation of carotenoid content. Remote Sensing of Environment, 115, 628-635. doi:10.1016/j.rse.2010.10.007.

    Goldberg, C.S., Pocewicz, A., Nielsen-Pincus, M., Waits, L.P., Morgan, P., Force, J.E., and *Vierling, L.A. (2011). Predictions of ecological and social impacts of alternative residential development policies to inform decision making in a rural landscape. Conservation Letters doi: 10.1111/j.1755-263X.2011.00194.x.

    Hunt, E.R., Daughtry, C.S.T., *Eitel, J.U.H., Long, D.S. 2011. Remote sensing chlorophyll content at leaf and canopy scales using a visible band index. Agronomy Journal, 103, 1090-1099.

    Jensen, J.R., Humes, K.S., Hudak, A.T., *Vierling, L.A., and Delmelle, E. (2011). Evaluation of the MODIS LAI product using independent lidar-derived LAI: a case study in mixed conifer forest. Remote Sensing of Environment, 115 (12): 3625-3639. doi:10.1016/j.rse.2011.08.023.

    Meddens, A., Hicke, J.A., and *Vierling, L.A. (2011). Evaluating the potential of multispectral imagery for mapping multiple stages of tree mortality. Remote Sensing of Environment, 115, 1632-1642.

    Rodhouse, T.J., Irvine, K.M., Vierling, K.T., and *Vierling, L.A. (2011). Estimating temporal trend in the presence of spatial complexity: a Bayesian hierarchical model for a wetland plant population undergoing restoration. PLoS ONE 6(12): e28635. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0028635.

    Sankey, J.B., *Eitel, J.U.H., Glenn, N.F., Germino, M.J., and *Vierling, L.A. (2011). Quantifying relationships of burning, roughness, and potential dust emission with laser altimetry of soil surfaces at submeter scales. Geomorphology, 135: 181-190. doi:10.1016/j.geomorph.2011.08.016.

    Vierling, K.T., Bässler, C., Brandl, R., *Vierling, L.A., Weiß, I., and Müller, J. (2011). Spinning a laser web: predicting spider distributions using lidar. Ecological Applications, 21:577–588. doi: 10.1890/09-2155.1.

    *Vierling, L. A., Martinuzzi, S., Asner, G.P., Stoker, J., and Johnson, B.R. (2011). Lidar: providing structure. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, 9(5): 261-262. doi:10.1890/11.WB.009.
  • 2010

    Bingaman, D. & *Eitel, K.C.B. (2010). Boulder Creek Study. Science & Children, 47(6), 52 – 57

    *Eitel, J.U.H., Keefe, R.F., Long, D.S., Davis, A.S., and *Vierling, L.A. (2010). Active ground optical remote sensing for improved monitoring of seedling stress in nurseries. Sensors, 10(4), 2843-2850; doi:10.3390/s100402843.

    *Eitel, J.U.H.,* Vierling, L.A., and Long, D. (2010). Simultaneous measure of plant structure and chlorophyll content in broadleaf saplings with a terrestrial laser scanner. Remote Sensing of Environment, 114 (2010) 2229–2237; doi:10.1016/j.rse.2010.04.025.

    Garrity, S.R., *Vierling, L.A., and Bickford, K. (2010). A simple filtered photodiode instrument for continuous measurement of narrowband NDVI and PRI. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology. 150(3): 489-496. doi:10.1016/j.agrformet.2010.01.004.

    Holden, Z.A., Morgan, P., Smith, A.M.S., and *Vierling, L. (2010). Beyond Landsat: multi-scale assessment of four satellite sensors for detecting burn severity in ponderosa pine forests of the Gila Wilderness, NM, USA. International Journal of Wildland Fire 19, 449–458.

    Nielsen-Pincus, M., Goldberg, C.S., Pocewicz, A., Force, J.E., Waits, L.P., Morgan, P., and *Vierling, L.A. (2010). Predicted effects of residential development on a northern Idaho landscape under alternative growth management and land protection policies. Landscape and Urban Planning, 94: 255-263.

    doi:10.1016/j.landurbplan.2009.10.011. Smith, A.M.S., *Eitel, J.U.H., and Hudak, A.T. 2010. Spectral Analysis of Charcoal on Soils: Implications for Wildland Fire Severity Mapping Methods. International Journal of Wildland Fire, 19: 976-983.