Student Wins Award For Global Warming Research

Feb 15th, 2007 | By | Category: 18-3: Building Prosperity, Tribal College News

BEN DANIELS: “As the climate changes, many of the conifers are at risk.” Photo Credit: NASA Student Employment and Internship project.

Ben Daniels won the NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Rahsaan Jackson Presentation Award at an event on July 2, 2006. Daniels is a graduate from the College of Menominee Nation (CMN, Keshena, WI) who majored in Sustainable Development. In fall 2006, he transferred to the University of Wisconsin-Madison to complete his baccalaureate degree.

As a CMN student, Daniels participated in the 2006 NASA Summer Internship Outreach Program. At the end of his internship, Daniels presented his report, “Global Warming and the Future of the Menominee Forest,” based on his summer research, to NASA officials.

He found that as the climate changes, certain species of trees will be less suited to their environment, and many trees will experience a great deal of stress by the end of the century.

Many of the conifers are at risk. As these trees are stressed, they are more at risk for pests. He found that remote sensing or satellite imagery can play an excellent role in monitoring forest health on a large scale. Tools such as these provide more detailed information, which is increasingly important to managing for climate change.

The internship at Goddard involved 10 weeks of intense, real world experience for more than 70 of the country’s brightest graduate and undergraduate students in the fields of science, engineering, mathematics, and other disciplines. (See TCJ, Vol. 18, No.2.)

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