I am currently working on an M.S. in Earth Science at Montana State University in Bozeman, MT. My thesis is focused on the composition and configuration of ownership geographies in Petroleum County, Montana. The study aims to understand the temporal trends of amenity-driven land cover changes corresponding with ownership changes in large landholdings. Currently available sources for understanding rural agricultural changes are cumbersome to integrate and offer a patchwork of variable data availability due to small sample sizes for small rural geographies. The methodology under development utilizes a combination of annual county cadastral data, 30m National Land Cover Database (NLCD) rasters, and 30m USDA CropScape (CDL) rasters to aggregate land cover values for annual landscape owner compositions and configurations in the ownership geography over a combined 15-year period 2002-2017.

I can be reached at the following email address: mfs@[web address, that is, "michaelfosterstone"].com