Recent & Related Works

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Book Chapters

Graves, S.M., 2019, Data & Policy Scale Mismatch in Coastal Systems: the potential for µUAS a new tools for monitoring coastal resilience, in Heidkamp and Morrissey (eds.) Coastal Transitions: Toward Sustainability and Resilience in the Coastal Zone, Routledge Series on Dynamics of Economic Spaces, pg 213-229. ISBN 978-0-8153-5863-3

Journal Articles

Graves, S.M., 2017, µUAS: New Tools for Monitoring Coastal Resilience, in Regions, No. 307, Issue 3, Magazine of the Regional Studies Association www.regionalstudies.org

Professional Presentations

Graves, S.M., 2019, The Potential of µUAS in enhancing/validating SLAMM Model predictions of Sea Level Rise and Coastal Wetland Migration Pathways, Poster Presented at AAG Annual Meeting, April 2019, Washington DC.


Graves, S.M. and Paine, M., 2017, Cove River, a Tidal Marsh in Transition, Habitat Restoration & Stewardship Workshop, Long Island Sound Study, Connecticut College, New London, CT., September 2017.


Kozak, D., Paine, M., Tait, J., French, R., Graves, S.M. (presenter/moderator), 2017, The Importance of Ongoing Environmental Monitoring; the Value of Citizen Science and GLOBE; How Local GLOBE Students can Connect their Data Collection to the Needs of a Local Stakeholder/Municipality, 21st Annual GLOBE Meeting, Southern Connecticut State University, New Haven, CT, August 2017. – conference host & emcee, speaker


Bydlowski, D., Williams, V., Graves, S.M., Nicholson, D., Thibault, S., Broadbridge, P., 2017, Balloon/Kite Aerial Photography & Drones and how they Enhance our Understanding of Science and the Environment (with demonstrations), 21st Annual GLOBE Meeting, Southern Connecticut State University, New Haven, CT, August 2017. – conference host & emcee, speaker


Graves, S.M., McLaughlin, J., 2017, Coastal Measurements, 21st Annual GLOBE Meeting, Southern Connecticut State University, New Haven, CT, August 2017. 


Paine, M., Tait, J., Graves, S.M. (presenter/moderator), 2017, Panel Discussion: Academic and Citizen Science Collaborations with Local Municipalities, 21st Annual GLOBE Meeting, Southern Connecticut State University, New Haven, CT, August 2017. – conference host & emcee, speaker


Graves, S.M., 2017, µUAS: New Tools for Monitoring Coastal Resilience, Coastal Transitions: Sustainability Transitions in the Coastal Zone, international conference held in New Haven, CT, April 2017.


Graves, S.M., Viability and Utility of µUAS for wetland monitoring @ Cove River Historical Site, Teaching and Learning Conference, Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool, England, UK, June 15th – 16th 2016. (Poster Session)


Graves, S.M., Nicholson, D.J., Broadbridge, P., 2016, Panel Discussion: Conservation Drones, Viability and Utility for Landscape Monitoring, CT GIS Day Annual Meeting, Southern Connecticut State University, November 16th 2016.


Graves, S.M., Nicholson, D.J., Broadbridge, P., 2016, Conservation Drones, Flight Demonstration, CT GIS Day Annual Meeting, Southern Connecticut State University, November 16th 2016.


Graves, S.M., 2016, “Viability and Utility of µUAS for Wetland Monitoring”- Pond Lily and Cove River, 2 Posters Presented at CT Invasive Species Working Group Symposium, October 2016.


Graves, S.M., Broadbridge, P., 2016, Osprey’s View of Coastal Resilience in Urban Environments (Opsrey CRUE), CT Space Grant Exposition, Hartford, CT, October 14, 2016. (Poster Session)


Graves, S.M., Broadbridge, P., Thibault, S., 2016, “Viability and Utility of µUAS for Wetland Monitoring”, Poster Presented at Long Island Sound Research Conference, Bridgeport CT May 13th 2016.


Graves, S.M., Preising, C., 2016, SFM – Structure from Motion software applications for Ecological Mapping with µUAS/drones, SCSU Computer Science Seminar Series, October 7th 2016. – invited speaker


Graves, S.M., 2015, Conservation Drones: Utilizing a bird’s-eye view for monitoring coastal habitats, PAcE Seminar, SCSU campus, March 2015.

sUAS/drone related Grants & Curriculum developed & Students mentored

sUAS/drone related Grants


Principle Investigator, National Science Foundation, Research Experiences for Undergraduates (NSF REU), Climate Communications: Coastal Resilience in Urban Environments (CRUE), ~400,000, submitted Fall 2018 – unfunded, but favorably reviewed – suggest revisions and resubmission.


Principle Investigator, Connecticut Space Grant (NASA), Conservation Drones – Use of Small Unmanned Aerial Systems (µUAS) – multi-rotor quadcopters for low altitude aerial reconnaissance of coastal habitats for long term study of coastal resilience, ~$9,600 – awarded, 2016.


Co-Principle Investigator, NSF REU: Climate Change: Coastal Resilience Urban Environments (Climate CRUE), Grant Proposal for Research Experiences for Undergraduates, ~$200,000 – proposal put on hold pending appropriate cycle funding - August 2018


Principle Investigator , SCSU RCART/Research Reassignment, Aerial Systems (sUAS) to Investigate Coastal Resilience of Environments in a Changing Climate -funded, 2015.


CREC: Coastal Resilience Education and Research Collaborative (subcontract), City of West Haven Grant Proposal for Federal Assistance in Remediation and Planning for Coastal Resilience, $240,626 – unfunded, 2013.

sUAS/Drone Curriculum developed

• Co-Instructor/Co-Developer SCSU Drone Academy (launch in Summer 2019) 

• Co-Instructor/Co-Developer (With Vern Williams, JRN): Drone Applications Minor program for Undergraduates

• Co-Instructor/Co-Developer (JRN): Drone Applications JRN/GEO 170 since Fall 2018

sUAS Student Projects mentored

Thibault, S., 2017, A Curriculum Designed to Teach the Information Required to Pass the Airman Knowledge Test: A Guide to Becoming a Licensed Unmanned Aircraft Pilot, A Capstone Project for the Masters’ Degree in Environmental Education, Southern Connecticut State University.


Nicholson, D., 2017, Incorporating UAS/UAV Technologies Into the 7-12 STEM Classroom: A Simple Curriculum Guide for Any Teacher, A Capstone Project for the Masters’ Degree in Environmental Education, Southern Connecticut State University.


Broadbridge, P., 2017, Curriculum to Teach Data Collection Techniques Utilizing Micro UAS and the Meaningful Utilization of Flight Data: From Basic Pilot to Proficient Drone Operator, A Capstone Project for the Masters’ Degree in Environmental Education, Southern Connecticut State University.


Woehrle, C., 2017, Using Multispectral Imagery and Micro Unmanned Aerial Systems (µUAS) for Early Detection of Grapevine Leafroll Disease, An Honors Thesis Submitted to the Department of the Environment, Geography, & Marine Sciences.


Works in Progress


Graves, S.M., Miller, M., “Integration and Comparison of µUAS/drone Structure from Motion output with DEMs and Traditional Surveying Techniques”.

Jaroensutasinee, K., Jaroensutasinee, M., and Graves, S.M., “Viability and Utility of Structure from Motion Approaches to Shallow Water Coral Reef Mapping and Monitoring”.


Graves, S.M., Scale Independent Structure from Motion – examples from Nano to Hectare Landscapes.


sUAS/Drone and related Professional Conference participation


New England and St Lawrence Valley Division of AAG (NESTVAL), Annual Conference and workshops,    Keene, New Hampshire, October 12-13, 2018.


Regional Studies Alliance, Coastal Resilience Workshop, September 12-16, 2018, Seydisfjorder, Iceland.


GLOBE Program Annual Meeting, New Haven, CT, Summer 2017.


Northeast Regional Tidal Habitat Resilience Workshop, Gloucester, MA, April 2017.


SCSU Coastal Transitions Conference, presenter, New Haven, CT, March 2017.


LJMU Teaching & Learning Conference, Liverpool John Moores University, June 2016.


Connecticut Invasive Plant Working Group Symposium, UCONN Storrs, October 2016.


Long Island Sound Research Symposium, Bridgeport, CT, May 2016.


ENVI Analytics Symposium, Geospatial, Remote Sensing and Data Analytics, Exelis/Harris, Boulder, CO, August 2015.