Landscape Architecture Grad Student Receives Prestigious Fellowship

(Baton Rouge) – The School of Landscape Architecture is pleased to announce that graduate student Keera Pullman has been selected to receive a 2007 Dangermond Fellowship, a highly competitive award jointly sponsored by the American Society of Landscape Architects, the Landscape Architecture Foundation and Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI), a leading developer of geographic information systems software.

Pullman was one of three students chosen from a field of hundreds to receive the $10,000 award. Her proposal was entitled “Exploring Geographic Data in a 3-D Environment: 3-D Visualization & Analysis of Severe Tropical Cyclone Larry,” and earned praise from jurors for both the timeliness of the topic as well as the degree of preparation evident in her submittal.

“We are very proud of Keera and her accomplishments,” said Elizabeth Mossop, director of the School of Landscape Architecture. “This award is yet another example of why our programs in Landscape Architecture are the top ranked in the country.”

The Dangermond Fellowship is a three-year-old award that was created to encourage students to use geographic information systems (GIS) — the software that is used to create digital maps and publish them online — as a framework for exploring integrated approaches to landscape analysis, planning, design, and management.

Pullman, a native of Australia, is pursuing a Master’s in landscape architecture. She is interested in working with GIS and remote sensing to create trans-boundary conservation areas in Africa and Latin America. She also wants to work towards the conservation and restoration of Louisiana’s vanishing coastal wetlands.