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"First Generation Scholar to Spatial Technology"


Using geospatial technology to study the ecology and climate change impacts on local ecosystems in hopes of blending modern western science with traditional indigenous natural science while learning how to manage natural resources and to do predictive ecology will be the topic of a presentation from 3-4 p.m. by Marla Striped Face-Collins on Wednesday, May 1. The program will be held in the second floor classroom of the S. Verna Fowler Library at the College of Menominee Nation and is open to the public.


Marla Striped Face-Collins describes her talk by saying, “The progression of college life as a non-traditional first generation Native American student is challenging and can be hard to overcome. Finding your interests is key – my interest is climate change and its effects on the local ecology and ecosystems. Geospatial technology (GIS, GPS, and remote sensing) is a tool that can be helpful in research projects for example climate change in forests, in grasslands, or in ecology, or other areas of interest.”


Marla Striped Face-Collins is currently a Graduate Student studying Remote Sensing and Biogeography at the University of North Dakota and a Physical Scientist Trainee on the Black Hills National Forest. She is one of 16 US Forest Service Chief’s Scholars. She attended United Tribes Technical College for her AAS degree in Tribal Environmental and her Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science degree at Sitting Bull College. While at Oglala Lakota College as an undergraduate, her first research project was “Preliminary Assessment of Natural Spring Potential to Enhance Drought Recovery on the Pine Ridge Reservation”.


In 2006, Mrs. Striped Face-Collins received an Ecological Society of America Strategies for Ecology Education, Diversity, and Sustainability (SEEDS) Fellowship for a research project entitled “Assessment of Rangeland Drought Mitigation Improved by Castor Canadensis (Beaver) Impounded Water”. Her other research projects include “Transpiration and Water-Use-Efficiency Differences between Pascopyrum smithii (Western Wheatgrass) and Panicum virgatum (Switchgrass)” at the USDA ARS in Mandan, North Dakota as well her project with NASA Summer Research Experience entitled, “Determining Land Use Land Cover Differences and Rangeland Management Impacts In Bison Pastures on the Standing Rock Nation”.