Adrianna Catherine Foster

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Adrianna Catherine Foster

  • NASA POSTDOCTORAL FELLOW
  • 301.614.6616
  • NASA/GSFC
  • Mail Code: 618
  • Greenbelt , MD 20771
  • Employer: NORTHERN ARIZONA UNIVERSITY
  • Brief Bio

    Adrianna Foster is a forest ecologist and ecological modeler, particularly interested in vegetation - climate - disturbance interactions. During her PhD at the University of Virginia, she investigated interactions between climate, vegetation, and bark beetle outbreaks in the southern Rocky Mountains. She utilized individual tree-based modeling to predict change in biomass, stand structure, and species composition of subalpine vegetation as a result of shifting climate and disturbance regimes. During this time she also investigated early-stage indicators of spruce beetle infestation using field spectrometry and Landsat imagery. She recently started a postdoc with Jon Ranson at Goddard Space Flight Center, and plans to use individual-based modeling and high-resolution remote sensing data to study forest dynamics in the Alaskan boreal zone.

    Positions/Employment

    10/2016 - Present

    NASA Postdoctoral Program Fellow

    NASA Goddard Space Flight Center/Universities Space Research Association, Greenbelt, MD

    Forest dynamics of the Alaskan and Canadian boreal zone in response to shifting climate and disturbance regimes. Work utilizes both individual-based modeling and high-resolution remote sensing data.

    6/2013 - 8/2013

    Intern

    NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD

    Generated time series of land cover maps of mangrove cover in Brazil, Mexico, and Central America using Landsat scenes. Used time series to analyze conversion of mangrove forest to urban or agricultural land cover types.

    6/2012 - 8/2012

    Intern

    National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, Charlottesville, VA

    Researched current conservation needs for various habitats and species, worked with other NFWF employees to prepare material for annual board meeting.

    Teaching Experience

    Science Advisor for NASA DEVELOP:
    Spring 2018: Mapping Tree-line Rise and Wetland Conversion in Order to Supplement Resource Management Actions in a Changing Alaskan Climate

    Courses Taught as a Teaching Assistant at UVA:
    Management of Forest Ecosystems Lab Section; Fall 2014 and 2015; 20 upper-level majors/graduates

    Forest Sampling Lab Section; Spring 2015 and 2016; 15 upper-level majors/graduates

    Undergraduate Research Mentoring:
    Megan McDaniels: Spring 2016

    Laura Edelman: Spring 2014
     

    Education

    Ph.D. in Environmental Sciences from the University of Virginia, 2016

    Thesis: Understanding the combined effects of spruce beetle outbreaks and climate change on Rocky Mountain vegetation through ecological modeling

    B.A. in Environmental Sciences from the University of Virginia, 2012

    Awards

    2014 - Graduate Student Ecology Award

    2012 - Mahlon G. Kelly Prize

    2012 - Distinguished Majors Program (High Distinction)

    2009-2012 - Echols Scholar

     

    Other Professional Information

    Skills:

    Programming in Fortran, Python, R, Matlab, and SAS
    Completion of High Performance Computing Bootcamp; UVA June 2013
    Utilization of the ARCS ITS Linux cluster for large data simulation and modeling
    Handling and manipulation of large ecological datasets using statistical software
    Analysis of remote sensing data and imagery using R and ENVI/IDL
     

    Selected Publications

    Refereed

    Foster, A. C., J. K. Shuman, H. H. Shugart, et al. K. A. Dwire, P. J. Fornwalt, J. Sibold, and J. Negron. 2017. "Validation and application of a forest gap model to the southern Rocky Mountains." Ecological Modelling, 351: 109-128 [10.1016/j.ecolmodel.2017.02.019]

    Foster, A. C., H. H. Shugart, and J. K. Shuman. 2015. "Model-based Evidence for Cyclic Phenomena in a High-Elevation, Two-Species Forest." Ecosystems, 19 (3): 437-449 [10.1007/s10021-015-9945-y]

    Brief Bio

    Adrianna Foster is a forest ecologist and ecological modeler, particularly interested in vegetation - climate - disturbance interactions. During her PhD at the University of Virginia, she investigated interactions between climate, vegetation, and bark beetle outbreaks in the southern Rocky Mountains. She utilized individual tree-based modeling to predict change in biomass, stand structure, and species composition of subalpine vegetation as a result of shifting climate and disturbance regimes. During this time she also investigated early-stage indicators of spruce beetle infestation using field spectrometry and Landsat imagery. She recently started a postdoc with Jon Ranson at Goddard Space Flight Center, and plans to use individual-based modeling and high-resolution remote sensing data to study forest dynamics in the Alaskan boreal zone.

    Selected Publications

    Refereed

    Foster, A. C., J. K. Shuman, H. H. Shugart, et al. K. A. Dwire, P. J. Fornwalt, J. Sibold, and J. Negron. 2017. "Validation and application of a forest gap model to the southern Rocky Mountains." Ecological Modelling 351 109-128 [10.1016/j.ecolmodel.2017.02.019]

    Foster, A. C., H. H. Shugart, and J. K. Shuman. 2015. "Model-based Evidence for Cyclic Phenomena in a High-Elevation, Two-Species Forest." Ecosystems 19 (3): 437-449 [10.1007/s10021-015-9945-y]

                                                                                                                                                                                            
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