The other week Chris Vanags, associate director for the Vanderbilt Center for Science Outrearch, gave a guest lecture in the class on geostatistics. Chris said I could share his slides with you, so here they are. I understand he didn't get to say much about his own research in his area, but there's some info about it later in the slide deck.
If you have questions about Dr. Vanags' presentation, feel free to email him at firstname.lastname@example.org. And feel free to consider geostatistics as a topic for your application project later this semester.