Laura Izzo is a fifth semester Master’s student in the University of Southern California’s GIST Program. In recent work with the US Forest Service in Northern California (2008-2013) she collected and processed soils, road condition surveys, and hydrographic data for watershed analysis using sub-meter Trimble GPS units. She was also responsible for training technicians in the soils lab. In related work, she conducted field surveys to monitor soils on recreational trails and worked as an ATM code specialist to update the corporate INFRA database. Other fieldwork Laura has enjoyed involved GIS mapping for botanical surveys, quantifying stream discharge measurements, BMP soils evaluations, and mapping a geothermal area in Lassen NP.
Currently residing in southeastern West Virginia, Laura has been introduced to the world of caving and has become a member of the local grotto and the National Speleological Society. Using GIS tools to assist in cave surveying has become a new and challenging direction of interest. She has also been working with regional environmental data to investigate interactions between soils, vegetation and air quality through spatial analysis and remote sensing. A new side project involves assisting the local bike shop in mapping and producing user-friendly maps of regional mountain bike trails.
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