Monitoring trail use Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado
Ashley D'Antonio (co-mentoring with postdoc scholar, Evan Bredeweg)
Forest Ecosystems & Society
Remote (can be conducted anywhere)
Description of project or research opportunity:
Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado is consistently one of the top 10 most visited parks in United States. Each year Rocky Mountain National Parks continues to see increasing visitation which can lead to social and ecological impacts. Since 2008, Rocky Mountain National Park has been using automatic trail counters to monitor visitor use at numerous trails throughout the park. While Rocky Mountain National Park has analyzed this data for each year individually, they have not yet evaluated the trail counter data to examine trends over time. This project would examine if and how visitor use has changed at various trailheads across time, including changes in relative proportions of use.
Tasks student will perform:
Organizing data; calculating means, standard deviations, and proportions for large datasets (in Excel or R); mapping trail counter locations in a GIS environment; summarising results in table and figure format (in Excel or R); writing up any trends observed in the data.
Special skills required:
Proficient with Microsoft Excel Introductory level knowledge of GIS Basic understanding of descriptive statistics
Hourly rate of pay:
Proposed dates of employment:
Sunday, November 1, 2020 to Friday, June 4, 2021
Anticipated hours worked per week:
Mentored Employment Program
COVID-19 Pandemic Response:
This MEP work can be done completely remotely. Since the focus of this project is data analysis and reporting - there is no in-person work required. All meetings between the undergraduate protege and their mentors can be conducted via Zoom or phone. And other communication can occur via email.