Amanda Ramcharan, graduate student, Agricultural and Biological Engineering
My research focuses on applying the latest computational methods to problems in agriculture. For my dissertation, I applied machine learning methods to 3 US soil databases and over 200 environmental datasets to generate complete coverage, gridded soil maps of the conterminous US at 100 m resolution. This machine learning approach makes soil maps easy to update and more accessible to diverse groups of scientists who rely on soil data. This project also has a GitHub page available at https://github.com/aramcharan/US_SoilGrids100m
Why does Amanda use ScholarSphere?
I am passionate about sharing knowledge through open access data with scientists around the world therefore Scholarsphere is a great website to host, share, and archive open access data with other researchers. As science research becomes more data intensive and publishers request reproducible research, Scholarsphere provides an important service to Penn State scientists.
See the other research Amanda has deposited into ScholarSphere
Dr. Laura Guertin, Professor of Earth Science at Penn State Brandywine
I have a pedagogical research agenda, looking at how new and emerging technologies can enhance teaching and student learning in introductory-level geoscience courses.
Why does Dr. Guertin use ScholarSphere?
At scientific conferences, more and more presentations are being given in a poster format, on 4 foot by 8 foot boards. A poster is an excellent way for me to capture highlights of my work with text and images, but it is difficult for colleagues and other researchers to take away all of that information after viewing the poster. Fortunately, I can include a QR code and/or URL to a ScholarSphere entry with my uploaded poster as a PDF file to be shared post-conference and to serve as a reference for years to come.
Gordon Fleming, Professor Emeritus, Physics
My research concerns the conceptual and mathematical foundations of relativistic or Lorentz covariant quantum mechanics. While the correct use of quantum mechanics is clear, the interpretation of quantum mechanics remains controversial and such matters are especially sharp in the relativistic domain.
Why does Dr. Fleming use ScholarSphere?
ScholarSphere is one of several websites where I post research papers. Most of my posted papers have been written since my retirement. Various notification services on the Web make it clear that such postings are regularly accessed and downloaded.
For more about Dr. Fleming's research, please visit his professional website, Fleming's Forays.
See Penn State's Physics Department website to learn more about its faculty, students, and programs.
Tracy Langkilde, Associate Professor, Biology
My research focuses on this interface between ecology and evolution. Particularly, I aim to understand how individuals interact with one another and their environment, and how responses to changes in the environment can shape these interactions. My work is mostly field based and focuses primarily on reptiles and amphibians. It incorporates aspects of population, community, behavioral, physiological and evolutionary ecology; employing experimental and comparative approaches, as well as molecular techniques, to test key hypotheses in four main areas: invasion, stress, competition, and reproductive strategies.
Why does Professor Langkilde use ScholarSphere?
ScholarSphere is a quick and easy way for me to make my research data accessible to the public. In addition to helping to move science forward, sharing data through a service such as ScholarSphere is a publication requirement of several scientific journals.