Dr. Hongmei Wang, an associate professor of computer science at NKU, uses satellite images to track spatial distribution and changes of honeysuckles. The data helps park managers prioritize units, as well as determine treatment effectiveness.
In the 11 years she’s been at NKU, Wang has always relied on undergraduate students to help with her research, particularly during trips to sampling plots to collect data.
“I would not be able to complete my field data collection, and in turn my research, without my students,” she says. But her students also benefit. “They learn how to solve real-world problems by applying knowledge and skills that they learned from classes.” Students use GPS to locate and map each sampling plot, then measure each plot’s honeysuckle distribution density while working alongside Wang, who has worked multiple times with the Great Parks of Hamilton County, Ohio.