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George D. Aiken Forestry Sciences Lab - Burlington, Vermont

 The Role of Environmental Stress on Tree Growth and Development
 Ecological Processes: A Basis for Managing Forests and Water Quality in New England
 Integrating Social and Biophysical Sciences for Natural Resource Management
 NED Software

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               Scott A. Thomasma


Computer Specialist

N6991 Olson Road
Shingleton, MI 49884
Phone: (906) 452-6175


Currently, I am  working as a computer programmer on the NED project. NED will provide site specific expert recommendations on silvicultural prescriptions, promoting management for a variety of traditional and nontraditional goals including; wildlife, timber, aesthetics, water quality, pest management, and recreation. C++ is being used to develop the user interface and data management portions of the program. The expert rules, and inference engine used to develop the expert management recommendations are being coded in PROLOG. Program development is being done for Windows, however there are future plans to port the software to other operating systems.

Previous to my work on NED, I was a Digital Remote Sensing analyst for Lockheed's Spatial Analysis Laboratory. Lockheed is the major contractor with the US Environmental Protection Agency's Advanced Monitoring Systems Laboratory, in Las Vegas. The work I was involved in used satellite imagery to produce land cover maps. The main software packages I worked with included ARC/INFO, ERDAS, and PCI.

My formal education includes a Bachelor's degree in Biology with an emphasis on Terrestrial Ecology from Grand Valley State University, earned in 1978. I returned to college and earned a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science from Michigan Technological University in the spring of 1987. I became interested in Remote Sensing because it allowed me to combine my interests in Ecology with my technical background in Computer Science. I went on to earn my Master's degree in Forestry in the spring of 1989, with an emphasis in Remote Sensing and Digital Image Processing.


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