I'm a second year PhD student in the Quantitative Ecology and Resource Management (QERM) program at the University of Washington. I'm working under Sándor Tóth, applying integer programming techniques to the world of forest resources.
In general I'm interested using the power of computers and applied mathematics to help investigate and explore real world problems using simulation modeling, optimization, GIS analysis, etc.
Oct.11 2013 Presented at the SAFS quantitative seminar series.
Jul.23 2013 Passed the QERM qualifying exam. Phd, here I come!
Spring 2013 Chose Sándor Tóth as my advisor.
I am currently working on finalizing my research direction so that I can create my research proposal. My research will involve applying spatial optimization tools and techniques to various forest management problems. I'm hoping to have a clear idea in time to create a doctoral comittee during winter quarter 2013.
For my Master's in Environmental Systems: Mathematical Modeling I worked with Yosemite National Park to create a simulation model of wilderness use in Yosemite National Park. The work was well received and I was asked to present the work to the Mathematics department at Humboldt State University for their 2011 colloquium series. The full text can be downloaded here: Ross, 2011
I come from Eureka California, where the Redwoods grow. I received my BA (2007) in Applied Mathematics and my MS (2011) in Environmental Systems: Mathematical Modeling both from Humboldt State University. I spend most of my free time with my wife and my dog. I enjoy hiking, juggling and nerdy games (D&D, Pathfinder, Dominion, Artemis, etc). I also like to ride flatland BMX as you can see in the following video, though I haven't really found a place to ride in Seattle yet.