Stephanie's project will document the recovery of riparian vegetation using continuous groundwater monitoring at wells installed by the Interstate Stream Commission
along two transects, one along the southern border of Bosque del Apache Wildlife Refuge and one near the ghost town of San Marcial. The study will also monitor vegetation recovery using repeat aerial imagery surveys collected by drone. The overlapping images will be processed at the Bureau of Geology to create orthomosaic and greenness maps. These maps will be correlated to lower resolution satellite images and used to estimate vegetation evapotranspiration rates, the rate at which plants release water to the atmosphere. The project will support the important work done by land managers in New Mexico.Stephanie received the New Mexico Geological Society’s
(NMGS) 2020 Frank E. Kottlowski Research Award
worth $2,500, for the highest quality research proposal of all those submitted to the society for the February 2020 proposal deadline.