Environmental Science and Resource Management

Remote Sensing Uncertainty in Mapping Beaver Dams

Author Name(s) Viviana CelayaNatalie PerezKeitreice KirkseyEmily Fairfax Faculty Advisor(s) Dr. Emily Fairfax Abstract Beavers are a keystone species that benefit their surroundings by improving water quality and groundwater storage, providing habitats, and creating natural fire resistance patches all by creating dams. Using satellite and aerial imagery makes it possible to efficiently study thousands of beaver dams and answer landscape-scale research questions without needing to invest months of time in fieldwork.… Read More »Remote Sensing Uncertainty in Mapping Beaver Dams

Beavers and Colorado Wildfires

Author Name(s) Rhianna TorresBrandon Osorio Faculty Advisor(s) Dr. Emily Fairfax Abstract Beavers have the ability to significantly reshape riparian wetlands and impact the hydrological cycle. Their presence in riparian zones brings many benefits to the ecosystem, as they provide a suitable environment for vegetation to grow. Beaver dams slow and store water, maintaining riparian vegetation health, even though dry seasons and droughts. Our research will examine the presence of beaver… Read More »Beavers and Colorado Wildfires