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2018 Alexander Goetz Instrument Support Program winners announced

Seven students awarded use of high-performance ASD spectrometers to analyze research projects

19 January 2018 - Malvern Panalytical is proud to announce the winners of the ASD 2018 Goetz Instrument Student Support Program!

The Goetz instrument program allows Master’s and/or Ph.D. students from around the world to submit a research proposal involving spectral science, and offers the opportunity to ‘win’ the ability to borrow an ASD field spectrometer or spectroradiometer at no charge to pursue their research endeavors.

We received a record number of submissions proposing innovative application uses of our ASD instruments this year with some very interesting and diverse reflectance spectroscopy research applications. This made it especially challenging for our selection committee to choose the number of winners that we can support.

Here, we present the nine selected global 2018 Goetz Instrument Program recipient winners and their research project topics:

FieldSpec® 4 winners:

Jie Dai, Joint Doctoral Program in Geography
San Diego State University/University of California, Santa Barbara (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 Alckman, 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 Science
University of California, Santa Cruz (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, Fairbanks (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 greatly appreciate the contributions that you are making to spectral science in your fields.

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