Mima mound-vernal pool ecosystems; bioturbation; geomorphology; GIS
Broadly, my research explores the interactions and feedbacks between life and landscape. I am using a combination of remote sensing (LIDAR (Light Detection and Ranging)), spatial pattern analysis, geomorphic modeling, and biologic monitoring to explore the origins of Mima mound-vernal pool topography in the Great Central Valley of California. I am also passionate about science education and my overall career goal is to cultivate a science-literate, curious and environmentally responsible citizenry.
Reed, S.E. and R.G. Amundson. 2011. Using LIDAR to model mima mound evolution and regional energy balances in the Great Central Valley, California. in D.L. Johnson, D.N. Johnson, and J.L. Horwath (Editors), Mima Mounds: The Case for Polygenesis and Bioturbation, Geological Society of America Books.
Reed, S. E. and R.G. Amundson. 2007. Sediment, gophers, and time: Hypotheses regarding the origin and persistence of Mima mound vernal pool topography in the Great Valley.” in Proceedings of The Vernal Pool Complexes of the Northstate: Biology, Conservation, and Management Conference. Presented by the Butte Environmental Council, March 23-24, 2006.
Honors and Awards
Takken Student Research Presentation Travel Award - Association for Women Geoscientists - 2011
Graduate Research Fellowship - National Science Foundation - 2008
Student Travel and Registration Grant - National Science Foundation, Studying Earth Surface Processes Using High-Resol. Topo. Data, Workshop - 2008
'Best Poster' Award - Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management, UCB - 2007
Graduate Student 'Seed' Award - National Center for Airborne Laser Mapping - 2006
Graduate Research Environmental Fellowship - Department of Energy - 2006
Graduate Fellowship - Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management, UCB - 2005