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College of Forestry and Conservation PhD Student Wins NASA Fellowship

College of Forestry and Conservation PhD student Eric Rowell was recently awarded a NASA Fellowship through the Montana Space Grant Consortium. These annual awards recognize scholars engaged in research relevant to NASA’s mission.

Rowell the first forestry student in ten years to receive the fellowship; most recipients are in engineering, chemistry, or physics departments. Rowell will use the research award to continue using laser scanning to estimate biomass of tree canopies and surface fuels at sites in the northwest and southeastern United States.

Nineteen Montana schools are part of the Space Grant Consortium. Scholarships and fellowships are awarded by NASA each year. Rowell received his master’s degree in 2005 from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology in the Department of Atmospheric Sciences with an emphasis on Earth Systems Science.

Contact: Leana Schelvan, UM National Center for Landscape Fire Analysis, 406-243-6777,