Ms. Watts is currently studying arctic and boreal carbon cycle dynamics under Dr. John Kimball, through the University of Montana’s Flathead Lake Biological Station (FLBS) and the Numerical Terradynamic Simulation Group (NTSG). Research interests include the design and implementation of a methane flux component to complement an existing satellite data-based terrestrial carbon flux (TCF) model for pan-Arctic analyses, and developing a better understanding of the biogeophysical controls behind terrestrial methane emissions in northern landscapes.
Prior to joining FLBS, Ms. Watts completed her Master’s and undergraduate degrees in Land Resources and Environmental Sciences at Montana State University, with emphasis in satellite image analysis, GIS, GPS, pedology, and land/soil rehabilitation. Her Master’s thesis work involved developing a satellite-based validation and monitoring plan for cropland carbon credit programs within north central Montana, combining object-oriented and multi-temporal image analyses with a random forest classifier.
When not in the office, Ms. Watts is usually somewhere in the mountains – backpacking, skiing, or mountain biking. She has also been known to play in soil and loves to find a good mollisol.
Professional Experience and Education
- Carbon Cycles
- Satellite-based Monitoring of Terrestrial Surfaces
- Northern Regions
Numerical Terradynamic Simulation Group (NTSG)
CHCB, Rm. 428
The University of Montana
Missoula, MT 59812