I use space borne synthetic aperture radar (SAR) in a geospatial environment (GIS) to study lakes, methane emissions from lakes, and thermokarst activity in the Arctic and sub-Arctic.
Research & Professional Experience (selected)
- Research Assistant, Water and Environmental Research Center, Institute of Northern Engineering, University of Alaska, Fairbanks. (May 2012 – current) Research Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) remote sensing application to detect and quantify methane bubbles trapped by lake ice.
- Student Research Assistant, Water and Environmental Research Center, Institute of Northern Engineering, University of Alaska, Fairbanks. Aug. 2008 – May 2012. Investigating Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) remote sensing parameters and establishing methodology to detect and quantify methane bubbles in thermokarst lakes.
- Science Consultant, User Services Office, Alaska Satellite Facility (ASF), Geophysical Institute, University of Alaska Fairbanks. 2000-2008. SAR acquisition planning, near-real time processing coordination, assisted users with GIS analysis with SAR data processed with ASF SAR tools, special GIS projects.
- Forestry Technician, Alaska State Forestry, Fairbanks Area. 1994-1999. Wildland fire dispatch, mapping, fire behavior indices, intelligence and logistics, GIS for timber management, wildland fire pre-planning, and fire suppression.
- Elementary School Teacher, Unalaska City School. 1987 – 1989
- Wildland Firefighter, Alaska State Forestry, Fairbanks Area. 1985-1993
- Alaska Chapter IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society
- American Permafrost Association
- American Geophysical Union (AGU)
- European Geosciences Union (EGU)
Skiing, running, guitar, and bassoon. Melanie moved to Alaska in 1983, and has worked and lived in several rural settings around the state. She lives in Goldstream Valley with her husband and daughter.