Nicole Swenson is a research assistant with SNAP as a first year masters candidate in Natural Resource Management. She obtained a bachelors degree in biology from the University of Montana in 2009 and worked as a SNAP research technician for a year before beginning graduate school at UAF.
Nicole's interest is focused on climate change's effect on agricultural systems of Interior Alaska. Her thesis work will be focused on rising air temperatures effects on soil temperatures in agricultural fields. Changes in soil temperature could mean the expansion of feasible crops for Interior agriculturalists.
This project will use SNAP projected air temperature data in a modified soil thermal flux model to project soil temperatures to the end of the century. This data will be used to determine crop feasibility estimates and economic scenarios for Alaskan famers and gardeners.