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Stacy Nelson

Interim Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion, Professor

Jordan Hall 5123

Bio

Education

B.S. Jackson State University (1990)
M.A. College of William and Mary – Virginia Institute of Marine Science (1995)
Ph.D. Michigan State University (2002)

Research Interests

Use remote sensing and GIS technologies to address both regional and local-scale questions of land use/cover change and also the impact of this change on inland lakes, wetland, and coastal ecosystems, as well as their associated effects on water quality and fisheries ecology.

Courses

NR 532 Principles of Geographic Information Science
NR 533 Application Issues in Geographic Information Systems

Area(s) of Expertise

Fisheries, Remote Sensing and GIS Technologies

Publications

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Grants

Date: 04/01/20 - 3/31/25
Amount: $246,000.00
Funding Agencies: US Dept. of Agriculture - National Institute of Food and Agriculture (USDA NIFA)

The US South has 245 million acres of forestland covering 46% of total land use. This region is the largest wood basket in the world where 60% of US timber derives largely from managed softwood plantations and hardwood forests. These forest systems are major economic engines to rural economies. However, nationwide, forest resources has the lowest minority representation within Food, Agricultural, Natural Resources, and Human Sciences and even lower representation in the US South. Diversity enrollment and matriculation have failed due to poor intersections of academic support, peer community support, mentoring, leadership development, and “readiness” work skills. This NNF program builds on a pilot program to pipeline minority undergraduates from HBCUs to successful graduate training in forest resources at NC State University (NCSU). The proposed program recruits HBCU undergraduates and offers pre-admission mentoring and professional development for a Master’s of Forestry at NCSU. Our NNF program will recruit and retain four, high-caliber minority forestry graduate students and prepare them for matriculation and professional success through NNF-specific programmatic, curricular, and industry experiences in forest resources. Key NNF program elements are a minority Mentoring/Leadership Community (MLC), certified forest curriculum, and industry internships in the automation, economics, biotechnology, and science communication of forest resources. The NNF cohort will mentor minority undergraduates, disseminate their experiences, network with professionals, and participate in annual NNF program performance assessment to support pipeline sustainability. This project supports USDA’s goal to develop a diverse and highly-skilled workforce for employment shortages in forest resources.

Date: 07/09/20 - 7/31/23
Amount: $331,510.00
Funding Agencies: US Forest Service

Forests and water are inextricably linked, and people are dependent on forested lands to provide clean, reliable water supplies for drinking and to support local economies. As more than 90% of the forested land in the South is privately owned, water supplies in the region are at risk of degradation from continued fragmentation and conversion of forests to other land uses to support a growing population. Given the variety of threats to surface water, it will be increasingly important for forest managers to highlight the value of forests for maintaining clean and abundant supplies of drinking water in the region. A key component of maintaining this “green forest infrastructure” is ensuring that healthy forests are maintained on the landscape and managed using science-based sustainable forest management practices. Our objectives are to: 1) Develop a multi-scale modeling approach that is capable of quantifying forest water quantity and quality indicators, 2) Develop and provide and economic valuation of forest water related ecosystem services, and 3) Develop a public-facing web application that links water resource values to forests and forest management options.

Date: 06/22/20 - 6/30/23
Amount: $50,000.00
Funding Agencies: US Dept. of Agriculture (USDA) Forest Service

This project builds upon and expands the Forest Service’s Partnership Outreach and Capacity Building, and the Multicultural Workforce Strategic Initiative Programs, and is an initiative that represents an opportunity for substantial collaboration between Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSI), the 1862 land grant institutions, the Puerto Rico Commonwealth environmental and educational agencies, and the public served by the consortium/partnership.

Date: 09/24/21 - 12/31/22
Amount: $50,000.00
Funding Agencies: US Forest Service

This program aims to attract, recruit, retain, and successfully graduate highly-skilled, career-ready candidates to fill USDA Forest Service critical job series within the Southern Research Station (SRS), the Forest Service nation-wide, and/or complementary supporting agencies and industries. Researchers and the SRS will help ensure the development of these skills and their utmost importance to the agency by serving on each of the student’s graduate research committees. This role is important as it helps to set research direction, provides mentorship and relationship-building with the students and faculty involved. Where possible, faculty from the students’ former HBCU/MSI institution will also be included as a part of the research guidance committee. Students will also meet with SRS leadership for further relationship development and exposure to the USDA Forest Service as an employer of choice.

Date: 02/02/18 - 12/31/20
Amount: $131,284.00
Funding Agencies: US Dept. of Agriculture (USDA) Forest Service

Forests and water are inextricably linked, and people are dependent on forested lands to provide clean, reliable water supplies for drinking and to support local economies. As more than 90% of the forested land in the South is privately owned, water supplies in the region are at risk of degradation from continued conversion of forests to other land uses to support a growing population. Given the variety of threats to surface water, it will be increasingly advantageous for forest managers to highlight the importance of sound forest management practices in the interest of maintaining clean and abundant water supplies to drinking water intakes in the region. The USDA Forest Service Southern Research Station has worked to quantify the dependence of communities and populations on water originating on forested lands in 13 southern states. The goal of this proposed work is to generate public information materials, databases and map products that will quantify water supply originating from State and Private Forests lands and the populations served in the South.

Date: 08/01/18 - 7/31/20
Amount: $14,001.00
Funding Agencies: National Science Foundation (NSF)

Solar radiation is the main source of heat to headwater streams, but has remained challenging to estimate because headwater streams are small, numerous, spatially and temporally variable, often concealed by riparian vegetation, and traverse long distances through variable topography, landcover, and atmospheric conditions. Recent advances in remote sensing techniques and computational power provide an opportunity to include atmospheric and vegetative shading effects in spatially explicit and extensive high resolution models of solar radiation which could improve estimation of the amount solar radiation reaching headwater streams. This study will include both atmospheric and forest canopy conditions by parameterizing real-sky atmospheric conditions in a recently developed high resolution subcanopy solar radiation modeling method and evaluate the accuracy of the estimates with direct measurements of subcanopy solar radiation in a montane, forested, headwater basin. This will be done by computing atmospheric attenuation parameters from satellite remote sensing data for inclusion in the implemention the Subcanopy Solar Radiation Model, a recently developed method that incorporates solar radiation attenuation through forest canopies by adding a light penetration index derived from airborne LiDAR data to an established GIS solar radiation model. Two components of atmospheric attenuation of solar radiation will be characterized, using existing methods and publicly available data for the study area, to parameterize the model; the Linke Turbidity value, a measure of atmospheric absorption, reflection, and scattering by aerosols and water vapor (not including clouds), and the clear-sky index, a measure of cloudiness, needed to parameterize the effects of real sky conditions of the total amount and relative proportions of direct and diffuse solar radiation passing reaching the canopy surface. Estimates will be evaluated with an existing dataset of high-accuracy pyranometer measurements of solar radiation collected during summer in a forested headwater basin in the Southern Appalachian Mountains at sites representing a range of canopy types and sky conditions. It is expected that using real-sky atmospheric conditions in the model will improve the accuracy of the estimates in comparison to parameterization with climatological monthly mean values and assumptions of completely clear sky conditions.

Date: 01/01/20 - 3/30/20
Amount: $8,080.00
Funding Agencies: US Dept. of Agriculture (USDA) Forest Service

Forests and water are inextricably linked, and people are dependent on forested lands to provide clean, reliable water supplies for drinking and to support local economies. As more than 90% of the forested land in the South is privately owned, water supplies in the region are at risk of degradation from continued conversion of forests to other land uses to support a growing population. Given the variety of threats to surface water, it will be increasingly advantageous for forest managers to highlight the importance of sound forest management practices in the interest of maintaining clean and abundant water supplies to drinking water intakes in the region. The goal of this proposed work is to generate public information materials, databases and map products that will quantify water supply originating from State and Private Forests lands and the populations served in the South.

Date: 08/15/17 - 12/31/19
Amount: $32,500.00
Funding Agencies: US Dept. of Agriculture (USDA) Forest Service

This project builds upon and expands the Forest Service’s Partnership Outreach and Capacity Building, and the Multicultural Workforce Strategic Initiative Programs, and is an initiative that represents an opportunity for substantial collaboration between Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSI), the 1862 land grant institutions, the Puerto Rico Commonwealth environmental and educational agencies, and the public served by the consortium/partnership.

Date: 08/26/16 - 7/31/19
Amount: $30,000.00
Funding Agencies: US Dept. of Agriculture (USDA) Forest Service

This agreement establishes a summer research and mentoring program for undergraduate students to study at NC State University. The project focuses on recruiting students from underserved and underrepresented student-serving institutions. This program directly exposes student participants to cutting edge research surrounding the deployment and monitoring of nine forest ecosystem stress stations (Remote Assessment of Forest Ecosystem Stress (RAFES) project) within the eastern U.S., and in collaboration with USDA Forest Service Research Stations, universities, and other partner research organizations. Under the mentorship of faculty and institutional partners, students will participate in modeling the sensor network of measurements; including: air and soil temperature, precipitation, relative humidity, solar radiation, fuel temperature and moisture, volumetric soil water content and matric potential, and sap flux density. Students will conduct the majority of the analyses in the Tree Physiology and Ecosystem Science Lab, within Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources, and the Center for Geospatial Analytics at North Carolina State University. Further collaboration will occur with cooperators at the USDA Forest Service Eastern Forest Environmental Threat Assessment Center (EFETAC), as well as possible collaborations with researchers at Duke University.

Date: 08/01/15 - 7/31/19
Amount: $75,000.00
Funding Agencies: US Dept. of Agriculture (USDA) Forest Service

This project builds upon and expands the Forest Service’s Partnership Outreach and Capacity Building, and the Multicultural Workforce Strategic Initiative Programs, and is an initiative that represents an opportunity for substantial collaboration between Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSI), the 1862 land grant institutions, the Puerto Rico Commonwealth environmental and educational agencies, and the public served by the consortium/partnership. The Forest Service has utilized similar projects to implement its’ Mission, build capacity at the academic institutions, and to increase its engagement with underserved communities (i.e. American Indian and Alaska Native, Asian, African American, Hispanic, Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, Persons with Disabilities, and low income and socially disadvantaged groups). This project enhances the Forest Service’s commitment to capacity-building at UPR and NC State University by providing for education, advocating student mentoring/employment in the institutions research programs, and technical assistance and other outreach engagement to communities.


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