Environmental Visualization Stream

In this stream, research focuses on answering problems on many scales that range from local topics, such as harmful algal blooms in the Finger Lakes, to large global issues, such as detecting unexploded ordnance (UXO) and determining how Earth’s surface and environments have changed over time. The stream uses a combination of field-, data-, and lab-based approaches that collect and analyze detailed data for mapping across huge spans of Earth. Many of the questions we address rely on techniques that allow researchers to “see” below the Earth’s surface. The research carried out by first-year students in the Environmental Visualization research stream at Binghamton University include projects ranging across many disciplines including: archeology, seismology, and petroleum geology.

Environmental Visualization with Drones is cross-disciplinary in nature

Environmental Visualization

Geotechnical Engineering
Environmental Conservation & Sustainability
Public Health

Environmental Visualization with Drones research intersects the traditional disciplines of Geology, Chemistry, Physics, Environmental Studies, Anthropology, and Geography. The research questions our FRI students investigate, in particular, are to better understand subsurface features of Earth and thus, contribute to addressing today’s environmental problems.

Environmental Visualization Research Educator

Image: Dr. Joe Panzik observing Poas Volcano in Costa Rica
Dr. Joe Panzik observing Poas Volcano in Costa Rica
Dr. Joe Panzik is the Research Educator for the Environmental Visualization research stream and has been part of the FRI program since 2023. His research focuses on using magnetic fields preserved in rocks to understand how land masses and Earth’s magnetic field have changed over Earth’s lifespan. Additionally, Dr. Panzik focuses on using data science to understand the limitations of various methods in Earth Science. He believes the most important key to training students for future success is to be a present, engaged, enthusiastic mentor who is invested in each student as an individual both within and beyond their courses, and to increase accessibility in the geosciences.