Current Students

Paul An, MSc

PhD Candidate

Paul’s research is focused on the use of LiDAR to identify and measure individual trees and characterize stand structure. He completed his B.Eng. in Surveying Engineering in 2014 at Shandong Agricultural University, China, and his M.S. in Integrated Geospatial Technology at Michigan Tech in 2017. Paul’s interests include surveying and terrestrial LiDAR and close-range photogrammetry.

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Maeve Draper

MSc Student

Maeve is a 2017 graduate of the University of Kentucky with a B.S. in Biology and a minor in Plant and Soil Science. Her research is focused on evaluating financial return, growth, and yield in long-term historic silviculture studies in Michigan and Wisconsin. Related interests include forest health, ecology, and educational outreach.


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Heidi Harmala

MSc Student

Heidi graduated from Michigan Tech University in 2019 with a B.S. in Forestry. Her research is focused on assessing the carbon life cycle and sequestration of harvested wood products in three long-term northern hardwood silvicultural experimental forests in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and northern Wisconsin. 

Ian Pope

MSc Student

A 2019 graduate of Northern Michigan University with B.S. in Geographic Information Systems, Ian enjoys the balance of field and lab time that comes with spatial data. Current research is focused on improving LiDAR data processing techniques and utilizing remote sensing data to improve individual tree growth models. Outside of graduate school, Ian enjoys surfing the Great Lakes, and fly fishing.