Piper is interested in how bedrock and soils influence water availability for trees. She is starting her graduate work at the Sedgwick Reserve studying how the differing sedimentary and igneous bedrock, and various soil types affect blue oak water availability and tree stress. She is using a combination of in situ measurements and remote sensing for her work. Her goal is to be able to study tree canopies using remote sensing to detect below ground influenced stress. She graduated from UCSB in Spring 2022 with a B.S in physical geography. She fell in love with field work while working on NASA's SHIFT campaign (Surface biology and geology HIgh Frequency Time series) in Spring 2022. She then interned at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory continuing to work with Surface Biology and Geology. After her internship she became lab manager of the LEAF Lab.