Julianna Aguilar Taking Waypoints of Rock Outcrops and Barriers on the Beach of Ka'a'awa Valley on Oahu
Julianna Aguilar participated in the Geospatial Research and Mapping Field Program during summer 2013 as part of the National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates. She’s interested in physical geography and environmental studies and wanted to understand why a particular stream disappeared and then reappeared at another location. By combining data from a variety of equipment and sources plus personal observations, and running it through special software, she learned that the area’s soils that affect water flow may be different than previously thought.
“I hope I can implement everything I’ve learned here back at school and get people pumped about geography by telling the stories of the amazing moments we’ve all had,” she noted in her project blog. Her REU work paid off, earning the Association of Pacific Coast Geographers’ 2013 President’s Award for Outstanding Paper by an Undergraduate Student.