Jesse completed an internship at GCRL during the summer of 2014 under the guidance of Dr. Robert Leaf. He worked on a Research Experience for Undergraduates project provided by SCeMFiS and funded by the National Science Foundation. Jesse will graduate with a B.S. in Mathematics from Central Methodist University in December 2014. He plans to pursue an M.S. in applied mathematics.
Jesse’s research project focused on simulation modeling and analysis of adaptive cluster sampling, an alternative sampling method to traditional simple random sampling. Specifically, his project examined how variations in simulated population abundance, population aggregation, and sampling strategies affected the precision of the estimates. He hopes to use the properties of the estimator to refine the survey design of eastern oyster populations in the Chesapeake Bay.
See Jesse’s work here.