I'm a fourth 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.
I am currently working on finalizing my research proposal! My research will involve applying spatial optimization tools and techniques to various forest management problems.
For the first chapter of my dissertation I am creating a model that integrates road reconstruction costs into a standard harvest scheduling optimization model. The model assumes road reconstruction costs vary depending on when the road was last rebuilt, but do not vary with the specific volume of timber hauled across them. By considering harvesting and road access decisions simultaneously, the model can increase revenues while overall maintaining less road.
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. The work was recently published in the Journal of Park and Recreation Administration!
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.