Developed and tested techniques for using drones equipped with thermal infrared sensors to detect and locate monkeys in a forested environment and adapted Structure from Motion (SfM) 3D modeling techniques to generate models from thermal infrared imagery.
Designed and executed flight plans to test the viability of different methods of primate detection using unoccupied aerial vehicles equipped with thermal sensors
Reviewed articles from the National Geographic's Pristine Oceans Initiative
Worked on variable contract jobs which ranged from creating maps for publication to digitizing water bodies in Iowa using ArcMap
Provided real-time ground maeasurments for the 30m Russian RESURS-P Hyperspectral images
GEOG 483/583L: Remote Sensing Fundamentals
GEOG 104: Geography Information Science and Spatial Reasoning
GEOG 303: Severe Weather
GEOG 385: Spatial Data Analysis
GEOG 591: Remote Sensing of the Environment
Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Cartography
PADI Open Water Diver
Software Skills: GIScience
Agrisoft Metashape, Arc Catalog, ArcMap 10.3, ArcGIS Online, ArcGIS Pro, CloudCompare, eMotion 2, ENVI 5.4, ERDAS IMAGINE, Pathfinder Office, Pix4D
Software Skils: General
Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe InDesign, Microsoft Office
Mirka, B.A., Stow, D., Paulus, G., Loerch, A., Coulter, L., An, L., and Pfülger, L. (In Review) “Evaluation of Thermal Infrared Imaging from Unmanned Aerial Vehicles for Arboreal Wildlife Surveillance”, Submitted to GIScience and Remote Sensing.
Mirka, B (2018, April). Predicting the future habitat range of invasive lionfish, Pterois volitant using ecological niche modeling. Student presentation at the annual CSBS Student Research and Engagement Conference Cedar Falls, IA [Presented]
When I am not working I spend most of my free time outside. I love hiking, backpacking, rock
climbing and will never say no to a road trip.
I am also passionate about photography, graphic design, and baking.