Geospatial Inventory of Vegetation in Taltree Arboretum

Faculty Sponsor

Bharath Ganesh Babu


Arts and Sciences


Geography and Meteorology

Presentation Type

Poster Presentation

Symposium Date

Spring 5-4-2017


Taltree Arboretum contains a collection of 90 Oak species on their "Oak Islands" exhibit. However, the facility does not have a proper location-based inventory of their collection. As a collaborative effort between Valparaiso University and Taltree Arboretum, four students helped collect geospatial inventory of the oak trees and developed a geospatial inventory of the trees for the arboretum to use for long-term record keeping and monitoring. This was also a simultaneous hands-on training experience in geographic information systems (GIS), as well as field inventory collection.

Biographical Information about Author(s)

Donald Long: I am a meteorology major with minors in mathematics and geographic information systems. My interests include synoptic-scale meteorology, convective/severe weather, and disaster preparedness/relief. In the future, I plan on pursuing graduate study and earning my Ph.D. Afterwards, I am considering either going into secondary education or operational meteorology.

Hector Reyes Figueroa: I was born and raised in Puerto Rico. Currently, I am part of the track and field team at Valparaiso University and am a double major in mathematics and economics. I aspire to earn a PhD in economics after undergraduate school and go back to Puerto Rico to be a professor in economics.

Sidney Noble: Major: physical geography and environmental science. Interests: trail running, cross country, backpacking, forest ecology, and environmental philosophy. Aspirations: attend graduate school for ecosystem/ecological restoration and work in the public sector.

Rachel Brandenburg: As a geography major with minors in Spanish and urban studies, I am fascinated by the interactions between people and their environment. I love making connections with people all around the world in a variety of ways, from casual conversations over coffee to academic discussion about world issues. Through my studies I have found that I also have a passion for place, and studying where people go and for what reasons. My interests include hiking, biking, attending concerts, and exploring new places. I am really excited to continue my studies and begin to do research in these areas. Though I am not sure of my exact future, I know that data will be involved, as well as learning the narratives of people all around the world. I am so excited to be a part of this research team and to start digging in to the field experience!

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