Forestry Graduate Has Research Published

MONTICELLO, AR — The results of a research project to test new techniques of identifying changes in urban land-cover spearheaded by Ryan Reynolds, a recent graduate of the University of Arkansas at Monticello's School of Forestry and Natural Resources, will be published in the 2017 edition of Remote Sensing, a peer-reviewed academic journal.

            A spatial information systems graduate from Hot Springs, Reynolds was lead researcher on the project, along with UAM faculty members Dr. Lu Liang and Dr. John Dennis. Additional research assistance was provided by XueCao Li, a postdoctoral research student from the Department of Geological and Atmospheric Research at Iowa State University. Reynolds authored a paper about the research entitled "Monitoring Annual Urban Changes in a Rapidly Growing Portion of Northwest Arkansas with a 20-year Landsat Record."

            The project centered around identifying changes in land-cover, specifically urban land-cover, in and around Fayetteville. Reynolds developed the project during a remote sensing undergraduate class taught by Liang.

            Reynolds was recently accepted to graduate school in the School of Geographic Science and Urban Planning at Arizona State University, where he hopes to continue similar research in urban growth and its environmental impacts.

            The full article may be found at:

            For more information, contact the School of Forestry and Natural Resources at (870) 460-1052.

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