Geographer SCEP, Denver Federal Center, Denver, Colorado
U.S. Geological Survey
 
How Kristina Yamamoto got involved with U.S. Geological Survey
I was at AAG in Las Vegas, presenting a poster in a paper competition about my master's work on using Landsat images and spectral mixture analysis to evaluate sea turtle nesting areas in Turkey. One of the judges in the competition ran into me later in the conference, and we chatted about my research. He then asked if I would be interested in coming to work at the USGS. Of course I said yes!
 
Experience
Besides meeting all of the interesting people, it has been nice just knowing I am a part of such a large government organization with so many different research focuses. It's been fun to now look at a topographic map with the USGS logo and think, "Hey, I work for them!"
 
Kristina Yamamoto's accomplishments
Although I have only been with CEGIS/NGTOC for a little over a year, it has been wonderful to connect with reseachers across the country. My own research skills in GIS and remote sensing have been sharpened considerably since starting to work at the USGS.
 
Kristina Yamamoto's next steps
Finish my PhD! Once I graduate, I would love to see what other opportunities the USGS has to offer. Besides geospatial research, I am also very interested in wildlife studies and education.
 
Hometown: San Francisco area, California
School: UC Berkeley, BS; University of Denver, MS; current University of Denver, PhD
Major: Natural Resource Management; GIS; Geography