Expanding Access to Duke Forest Data

Student Participants

Morgan Feist
Adan Hernandez
Madeleine Jones
Niam Kothari
Leila Nelson
Gene Yang

Project Leads

John Herr

Year

2021

Description: 

A team of students will work with the Duke Forest Office, the Office of Information Technology, and other partners to analyze and expand access to a collection of spatial datasets documenting research project locations, associated infrastructure, and forest characteristics (forest cover type, soil, topography, historical sites, hydrology, etc.). Using these datasets, the students will select, analyze, and build an application that shows current research sites and associated infrastructure, as well as a profile of the forest system. It will also include the potential to allow users of the interface to download data with permission. This online application will be used by several key stakeholders: 1) prospective Duke Forest researchers, to identify and evaluate potential research sites based on criteria; 2) Duke Forest staff, to share data with registered teaching and research users that request specific data for the purposes of their project; and 3) Duke Forest staff, to rapidly identify and assess current research assets throughout the Forest to quickly respond to impacts from severe weather events and manage inquiries related to activities that may conflict with ongoing research uses.

Watch the team's final presentation on YouTube.

Student Participants: 

Morgan

Feist

 Morgan Feist
Major: 
Electrical and Computer Engineering, Computer Science
Class: 
Rising Junior
Graduation Year: 
2023

I’m a rising junior from Arlington, Virginia double majoring in Electrical and Computer Engineering and Computer Science. Outside of school I love to hike, read and paint.

Madeleine

Jones

Madeleine Jones
Major: 
Computer Science, Environmental Science
Class: 
Rising Sophomore
Graduation Year: 
2024

I'm a rising sophomore from Dallas, Texas pursuing degrees in Computer Science and Environmental Science. I'm so excited to be working on a Code+ project team this summer! Outside of school, I enjoy reading, cooking, yoga, and aerial silks.

Leila

Nelson

Leila Nelson
Major: 
Computer Science
Minor: 
Environmental Science, Mathematics
Class: 
Rising Junior
Graduation Year: 
2023

I am a rising junior that is majoring in computer science. I enjoy things like reading, crocheting, and embroidering (basically, I am 20 going on 60). However, I am also a big fan of nature -- particularly forests of course -- and love hiking or going to the beach.

Gene

Yang

Gene Yang
Major: 
Computer Science, Biology
Class: 
Rising Sophomore
Graduation Year: 
2024

I am from Kokomo, Indiana, planning to pursue a double major in Biology and Computer Science. Through my experience this summer in Code+, I hope to strengthen my skills in problem-solving, teamwork, and communication. It excites me to know that the work of my teammates and I will culminate in a demonstrable product that will be used by Duke Forest researchers, staff, and other stakeholders, to further research of and to maintain the forest.

Adan

Hernandez

Adan Hernandez
Major: 
Mechanical Engineering
Minor: 
Computer Science
Class: 
Rising Sophomore
Graduation Year: 
2024

I am an upcoming sophomore studying mechanical engineering. I am not sure what I want to do in my career, but I know I want to help those in the poorest communities through engineering innovation and design.

Niam

Kothari

Niam Kothari
Major: 
Computer Science
Minor: 
Philosophy
Class: 
Rising Junior
Graduation Year: 
2023

Team project manager. I'm a Code+ 2020 alum and a rising junior from Fairfield, Connecticut. Having explored many of Duke’s academic avenues before settling on computer science and philosophy, I’m excited to combine my various passions into a unique and stimulating career. Outside of school I enjoy dancing, reading, and making movies.

Project Leads: 

John

Herr

John Herr
Department: 
Office of Information Technology - Data Analytics
Title: 
IT Analyst