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Heather Fischer

Heather is a Senior Researcher in the Center for Research on Lifelong STEM Learning at OSU and Peder is an instructor in the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences at OSU. Heather and Peder are working together with NASA on the NASA GLOBE Observer Landcover citizen science program. Dr. Heather A. Fischer is a senior researcher at the Center for Research on Lifelong STEM learning and a faculty member in the Environmental Science Graduate Program at Oregon State University. Before to coming to OSU in July 2018, Heather completed a PhD in Geography at Arizona State University in the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning, her dissertation research focused on the development and research of the Map of Life-Denali citizen science program in Denali National Park and Preserve Alaska. In this program, volunteers used the Map of Life mobile app. to record species sighting in the park.  Heather assessed the volunteer and scientific outcomes of the project, especially focusing on the quality of the location-based species data being collected by volunteers. Heather was also a postdoctoral researcher at ASU’s Knowledge Exchange for Resilience, where she oversaw the development of citizen science and public engagement projects in the Phoenix metropolitan area, including the HeatMappers project. This project focuses on involving low-income and homeless volunteers to use temperature and location sensor to record their heat risk in the Phoenix area during their daily lives. Currently Heather is working with the NASA GLOBE observer citizen science program examining the scientific and volunteer outcomes of their earth science related projects. Peder Nelson has a background in environmental education, biological sciences, and land management. He uses remote sensing and geographic information systems to create maps and data that show people what is happening on planet Earth, particularly changes that can be seen from space. In his current work, he is developing an automated visualization and analysis tool for mapping changes in glacier extent using annual 1984 to 2014 satellite imagery. The overarching broader impact of this project is to create a novel way for glaciologists, climatologists, educators, and students to understand how and where Earth’s glaciers have changed over this period.  Peder has significantly contributed to several research projects related to understanding forest and land cover changes using Landsat satellite imagery across the United States, eastern Europe, Russia, Mongolia, and Kazakhstan.  In addition he has created several education lessons based around this research

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Friday, October 18
 

4:00pm