Ryan Sword

Hometown: Fort Meyers, FLSword1

Research Description: Relationships among remotely sensed measures of foliar traits and arthropod community composition in an urban forest

Personal and Academic

Originally from Fort Meyers FL, my family moved to the Rockford, IL when I was young. I greatly enjoy living in the Midwest, but Florida has always felt like home. I attended college at Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois, where I received my BA in Biology with minors in Geography and Environmental Studies. During my time at Augie, I held an internship with the US Fish and Wildlife Service which fueled my enthusiasm in spatial analytics and entomology. Broadly, my interests focus on the use of remotely sensed imagery in Sword2process-based studies of forest ecosystems. More specifically, my research involves the use of remotely sensed data to build relationships between mapped estimates of foliar chemistry (a proxy for nutritional quality), canopy structure, and insect abundance in urban forests. In my free time outside of research, I enjoy playing tennis, hiking, and watching old episodes of Star Trek. After graduation, I hope to continue exploring my research interests and pursue a career working in a federal environmental agency.

Projects:

Scaling hyperspectral imagery

Remote sensing and insects (Madison)