Teri Balser is an intern through ORNL’s ASTRO program in the Climate Change Science Institute working with Daniel Hayes on a project addressing the pan-arctic scale permafrost carbon feedback to global climate. She is helping address data and scaling issues related to permafrost thaw and permafrost transitions in targeted remote sensing studies. Specifically, she is interpreting and analyzing Landsat-based images for vegetative cover and landscape change across Alaska.
Teri recently received a M.Sc. in Wildlife Biology from University of Alaska Fairbanks, where she studied the habitat associations, distribution and abundance of an arctic-breeding bird species of concern. She worked with Abby Powell in the USGS Alaska Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit and biologists with the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve, and BLM National Petroleum Reserve Alaska. Through research and work among varied Alaskan landscapes, she examined site to landscape-scale habitats, including vegetative cover, landscape position and general geomorphology.