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A little about Me

Education

Master of Science, Geology (Planetary Science) Aug 2018 – Present University of Western Ontario, Ontario, Canada

  • Thesis: Determining trends of impact melt pools on the surface of Mars. Advised by Catherine Neish and Livio Tornabene. Direct application of remote sensing and photogrammetric techniques with GIS software to understand spatial data.

Bachelor of Science degree, Physics and Astronomy                    Aug 2011 - May 2016 University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona

  • Coursework: Pythonic Programming, Chemistry I & II, Botany/Horticulture, Biotechnology, Programming in C and IDL, Optics, Thermal/Statistical Physics, Quantum Mechanics I & II, Electricity and Magnetism I & II, Newtonian Mechanics, Theoretical Mechanics, Experimental Physics, Astronomy and Astrophysics I, II, III, & IV, Observational Astronomy, Solar System Geology.


Research Experience

Biological Science Technician, GS-05, Full-time                          April 2017 – July 2018 United States Department of Agriculture, Maricopa, AZ

  • Collected, prepared, evaluated and verified samples of plants from the field.

  • Obtained, processed, and analyzed agricultural data for high-throughput phenotyping while utilizing ArcMap, ArcGIS, Python and R.

  • Created GUIs and pipelines to process data from spreadsheets or from spatially located images.

  • Collected and maintained data gathered a variety of sources including lectures, independent study, previous research, and other ongoing experiments.

  • Trained and completed FAA Certification for Small Drone Pilot. Used drone to image fields in thermal and visual spectrums.

  • Assembled, utilized, and applied Raspberry Pi computers for imaging plants.

  • Performed new and recurring farming techniques for fieldwork.

Lunar and Planetary Laboratory, Part-time                                   Aug 2015 – May 2016 University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ

  • Worked with the co-investigator of a NASA Mars Data Analysis Program grant characterizing the current aeolian transport environment for sediment on Mars.

  • We tracked the movement of dunes over multiple Martian years using the orthorectified images taken from High Resolution Image Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera aboard the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter while utilizing ArcMap.

  • Presented current literature on the landscape evolution of Earth and Mars to prompt discussion about its relevance to our research as a team.

HiRISE Digital Terrain Model Producer, Part-time                         May 2015 - May 2016 University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ

  • Worked on the HiRISE team to produce Digital Terrain Models of the Martian surface using images from the HiRISE and Context cameras aboard the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.

  • Employed BAE Systems’ SOCET SET software and other photogrammetric processes on stereographic observations to produce three-dimensional images.

  • Created programs to aid in image projection and processing pipelines.

Department of Physics, Part-time                                                      Aug 2015 – Dec 2015 University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ

  • Performed data analysis of a MicroMegas detector capable of tracking cosmic ray particles for the Large Hadron Collider.

  • Assisted in testing and minimizing noise of the detector in order to improve the accuracy of its readings.

HiRISE Student Validator, Part-time                                               May 2014 - May 2015 University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ

  • Among the first to view and evaluate new images received from the HiRISE camera.

  • Recorded various geologic features within images and corrected imperfections due to downlink errors using in-house pipelines.

  • Responsible for daily updates to the entire HiRISE team regarding the status of new images.

Steward Observatory, Part-time                                                       Aug 2013 – May 2014 University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ

  • Utilized data from the Kepler spacecraft to observe starspots on various stars.

  • Focused on reducing the direct Kepler data through iraf pipelines to better understand the tendencies and trends of starspots.


Conference Presentations

Yingling, W., G. Besla (2016) Studying the Gravitational Dark Matter Wake of M33 During the Merging of the Milky Way and Andromeda. American Astronomical Society


Technical Skills

Computing Languages

  • Python

  • Bash/tsch

  • Ansi C

  • Perl

  • SQL/MySQL

  • iraf

  • root

  • idl

  • R

Hardware

  • Linux/Unix

  • Windows/ Mac OS

  • Microsoft Office

  • Ubuntu

Geographic Information Systems

  • ArcGIS/QGIS

  • USGS Integrated Software for Imagers and Spectrometers (Isis)

  • BAE Sytems’ Socet Set

  • Java Mission-planning and Analysis for Remote Sensing (JMARS)

  • Agisoft/Pix4D