ASD 2018 Goetz Program Winners

ASD Goetz Instrument Program

PAS congratulates all the winners of the ASD 2018 Goetz Instrument Student Support Program and especially Gustavo Togeiro de Alckmin from the University of Tasmania and Ai Hwee “Elise” Kho from the University of Queensland.

They are testament to the quality of innovation and excellence in this country,” said Paul Martin of Portable Analytical Solutions.

As it celebrates its 10th anniversary, the ASD Goetz Instrument Support Program is a highlight of spectral science innovation. The program invites Masters and/or Ph.D. students from around the world to submit a research proposal involving spectral science. Winners are able to borrow an ASD field spectrometer or spectroradiometer at no charge to pursue their research endeavours.

This year, we received a record number of submissions proposing innovative application uses of our ASD instruments in some very interesting and diverse reflectance spectroscopy research applications. The committee struggled to settle on 9 winners from such a high quality field.

FieldSpec® 4 Winners:

Jie Dai
Joint Doctoral Program in Geography
San Diego State University / University of California, US
Title: Mapping and modeling Mikania micrantha invasion in Chitwan community forests

Erola Fenollosa
Ecology, Environmental Sciences and Plant Physiology Doctoral Program
University of Barcelona, Spain
Title: Development of spectroradiometric photoprotective markers for fast plant stress assessment

Becca Goodman
Art Conservation Department
SUNY Buffalo State College, New York, US
Title: Identification of paint pigments with reflectance spectroscopy: The effects of mineral source and particle size

Marcella Piscitelli
Doctorate Program in Agricultural Sciences-Graduate School-Faculty of Agronomy
University of Buenos Aires, Argentina
Title: Estimation of the agricultural soil surface attributes through orbital and field radiometry data

Gustavo Togeiro de Alckmin
School of Land and Food
University of Tasmania, Australia
Title: Determining Biophysical and Biochemical Attributes of Pasture Using Very High Resolution Remote Sensing Techniques


QualitySpec® Trek Winners:

Ai Hwee “Elise” Kho
Centre for Animal Science
University of Queensland, Australia
Title: To test the potential of QualitySpec Trek handheld near infrared spectrometer as a potential on-farm diagnostic tool for parasitic infection in sheep faeces and pasture

Dipika Nadkarni
Department of Archaeology
Durham University, United Kingdom
Title: Identification of plastics in museum collections using fibre optic reflectance spectroscopy


FieldSpec HandHeld 2 Winners:

Meredith McPherson
Department of Ocean Sciences
University of California, US
Title: Applying spectral techniques to determine physiological condition of bull kelp (Nereocystis luetkeana) populations along the northern California coastline

Wendel Raymond
School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences
University of Alaska, US
Title: Using condition estimates of a marine foundation species to infer temporally integrated seawater nutrient fields

Congratulations to our 2018 winners! We look forward to learning of your research results and everyone greatly appreciates your contribution to spectral science in your fields.  You will find more information on the Goetz Instrument Program here.